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:
- Helen is a fiscally responsible leader who has delivered a balanced budget in Island County for 12 years.
- 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.
- 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.
- Island County operates with among the lowest property tax rates in the State.
- 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.
- The Commissioners control only 17% of Island County revenues, and they allocate the largest chunk of that to Public Safety programs.