Skagit County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt was honored recently as 2015 Citizen of the Year by the North Puget Sound Association of Realtors (NPSAR), cited for his “outstanding contributions on the public behalf.”
Dahlstedt, who is in his fourth term as District 2 Commissioner, received a commemorative plaque from association representatives Paul Weisz and Dominic Pettruzzelli.
“We want to thank you for all that you do,” said Weisz, “including your representation of the agribusiness community and your work toward creation of a war memorial at the re-established Northern State Hospital property.”
Pettruzzelli also acknowledged Dahlstedt’s contributions as a board member of the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Dahlstedt accepted the award with thanks and acknowledgement of partners.
“This is truly an honor. I really appreciate it,” he said, “but I must say any personal achievements have been as the result of partnerships with others. It’s really about the citizens of this county and my colleagues on the Board of Commissioners.”
Dahlstedt cited a reinvigorated real estate market that provides vital tax funds to local governments. He also singled out homelessness as a national challenge, “with a shadow that falls over Skagit County as well.”
“It is important that everyone has a roof over their heads – a place they can call home,” he said. “Thank you for your service as Realtors, and for your work helping people find homes.”
NPSAR goals include: “To represent our members and the housing industry with government decision makers by demonstrating the vital role that home ownership plays in the continued health and prosperity of our communities.”
Weisz is outgoing president of the Mount Vernon based association and Pettruzzelli is incoming president.