Helen with her family

Helen with her husband, Dave, and their four children.

Helen Price Johnson grew up on Whidbey Island, graduated from Langley High School and earned her degree from Mills College in Administration and Legal Processes.  She and her husband, Dave, raised their four children on Whidbey Island, and she is a third-generation small business owner on the island.

Helen has spent her adult life in service to her community, and she was recognized for this service by being named a “Hometown Hero” by the South Whidbey Record in 2004.  As a twice-elected Board Member of the South Whidbey School District – from 2001 through 2008 – she represented the board on legislative issues at the state and federal level, and served for four years as board liaison to the Community Engagement Team for South Whidbey Schools. In 2007, the South Whidbey School Board earned the distinction of being named a Washington State School Board of the Year.

In 2008, Helen made history by becoming the first woman elected to the Board of Island County Commissioners. She has prioritized the protection of our islands’ natural resources and quality of life for our islands, and she has supported a vibrant economy and affordable housing for our families.

Helen serves on the Board of Directors of the Whidbey Community Foundation, and has been a longtime community volunteer with the South Whidbey PTA, the League of Women Voters, the South Whidbey Home Builders Association, the South Whidbey Historical Society, and South Whidbey Youth Soccer. The Langley Middle School PTSA gave her their highest honor, a Golden Acorn Award, in 1999.  She is a member of the Clinton Community Club, Civility First, and a board member of the Mobile Turkey Unit.  She served for 20 years as a Youth Leader at Langley United Methodist Church.

Helen is the past president of the Washington State Association of Counties. She has worked with Republican and Democratic county commissioners from across the state to address local government concerns, and will continue to work to support local communities and local government as a member of the Washington State Senate.


The Truth about HELEN

Helen Price Johnson’s opponent recently launched a negative TV ad distorting her record as a County Commissioner with the classic political assaults.

Let’s speak the truth about Helen’s record on taxes: 

  1. Helen is a fiscally responsible leader who has delivered a balanced budget in Island County for 12 years.
  2. She began her first term as Commissioner as the Great Recession began, and made the tough decisions necessary cut government spending by 20% while maintaining essential County services. She also donated back a portion of her salary to share in the sacrifice she was asking from furloughed County employees.
  3. Helen knows the value of a dollar and hard work, as she and her husband, Dave, have owned and operated a small business for over 25 years, while raising their four children.
  4. Island County operates with among the lowest property tax rates in the State.
  5. Helen voted each year, joined by one or more of her Republican colleagues, to take the 1% tax increase allowed by law for the County’s operating budget, the County’s road fund, and the Conservation Futures fund. Those 1% increases do not come close to keeping up with inflation.
  6. The Commissioners control only 17% of Island County revenues, and they allocate the largest chunk of that to Public Safety programs.
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Dear Friends --

I have called Senator Muzzall to congratulate him on a successful campaign for state Senate. While there are a small number of votes left to count, they will not change the end result in my race. I am very proud of how much we achieved - winning Island and Skagit Counties, but we just couldn't overcome the opposition in Snohomish County.

Thank you to the tens of thousands of voters in Island, Skagit and Snohomish counties who cast their votes for me and a big thank you to the volunteers and donors who gave countless hours, and their hard earned money to our effort. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for all that you have done to help our campaign. And, I wanted to say a big thank you to my family, who has loved and supported me over my years of public service.

While our campaign is ending, our work to improve the lives of rural communities has just begun. I will stay active and involved, and will continue to speak out on issues that affect our islands and rural Washington - healthcare, education, jobs, economic development, housing and so many more.

Yours in service,
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Not what we wanted to hear. Congratulations on running such an open ethical and positive campaign! BJ and I are proud to have been supporters. Interested to see what you do next!

I am so sad, Helen, because you would have been the most awesome Senator ever! But evidently the universe has another plan for you. 💕 Thank you for putting yourself out there in this tough race. You ran with positivity and integrity and we couldn’t be more proud of you!

Thank you for running, sis! You knew campaigning in a swing district was going to be challenging, and you were an excellent candidate! Your experience as a businessperson, a community volunteer, and an effective county commissioner would have served your neighbors well: you would have been a great state senator. Still, I know you and your husband will continue to improve our community in ways you haven't yet thought of. (You can't help yourselves!❤️)

I believe Helen's solid margin in Island County where they know her best says a lot about how much people recognize Helen's ability and all the great things she has done for the community. Such a privilege to be related to you Helen

Helen, it was such an honor to play even a small part in your campaign. Your gift is bringing people together for the greater good. I hope you'll take a well-deserved break before moving on to the next challenge. When the time comes, just put out the word and you'll have a vertitable army at your side.

It was a pleasure to phone bank for you!

Thank you for running for State Senate! My heart is broken because we so needed your leadership! Thank you for your graciousness. Promise us you will make another run!!!

Sitting here feeling very sad. And. I am on board for whatever you run for next..

NO, I called every one I knew. This is not good at all. We need you.

You are a class act and a true public servant, Helen! Thank you.

You are a class act, Helen. I have so much respect for you, and look forward to whatever you do next. 💕

Thank you Helen- to say I’m utterly devastated with this outcome would be an understatement. You are a beacon of what is good in our community and I know you will continue to help others in our community who need a voice. Thank you!

Thanks so much Helen. I’m truly sorry you were not elected. I consider you one of the great champions of Island County!

Thank you Helen, hopefully we will see you representing us sometime in the future.

Thank you Helen- especially for your integrity- running such a positive campaign. Those who know you love you and appreciate all you have done and will do in the future. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Thank you for running for office Hellen, we really appreciate you putting yourself out there, and running a fantastic race. While we are saddened to hear the totals at this point, We’re confident this isn’t the end of the line, just the end of this particular race. Thank you again.

Helen, this is very sad. Thank you for your positive campaign. The hate mail against you was deplorable. You are a fine woman, and would have been a terrific state senator. Thank you for all you do for our island community.

I'm so sad about this loss! I hope you run again!

Thank you so much for everything, Helen. You are a dedicated advocate for all of us in Island County and in the state. Sending much appreciation and love.

Thank you for this great effort, Helen. I'm so sorry you didn't prevail.

I’m so sorry. The R’s seem to get more despicable every year.

Sad. Was so hopeful on election night. Best wishes. You are a good woman! Thank you much for running.

You did your best, Helen. I hope Senator Muzzall learns to listen. That has not been my experience so far. One of the reasons I strongly supported you was that you listed to your constituents - all of them.

Dear Helen, we are so very proud of you!! Your persistent hard work & determination to make our world a better place is much appreciated!! Big hugs to you wonderful friend!

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While my team and I have been celebrating the heartening, historic win for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, we have also been closely monitoring the results of our own race.

It is unfortunate, but I am currently behind in my race for State Senate. We will have more finalized results in the coming days, but in the meantime, I want all of you to know how appreciative I am to have your support. The reason I have the strength to patiently await results each night is because I am surrounded by such love in my life.

I am eternally grateful to everyone who voted and showed their support this past year. We have so much to be proud of together no matter the result.

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We will apply all that patience we’ve been practicing on the national level to the 10th LD! 🤞🏼

You are amazing Helen!

You will always have our support and whatever you do

I am rooting for you! We need you in the State Senate! 💜

We’re rooting for you! :-)

Rooting for you!!!!! You will always be contributing mightily to your Island and your constituents. Whatever happens, I’m not concerned one bit. Although I definitely want YOU as Senator!

Sending support and appreciation to you Helen Price Johnson! We are all in with you and warming you with faith, hope and goodness -and more votes as they continue to get counted in the 10th!

Ohhh I will be holding my breath for the best outcome with you winning this race.

Pulling for you!!!

You are amazing Helen Price Johnson! We love and support you!!! If not now, I'm counting on you for a return. We need your leadership!

Pulling for you!

Helen, we are watching and waiting and being hopeful!

Keep the faith!!! I still believe!

Good luck, you have many rooting for you.

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