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March Point resident Don Munks, who recently retired from the Skagit County commissioners, says he wants the governor to name him director of the state Agriculture Department.

Munks,a Republican, says he has sent a letter of interest and a resume to Governor Christine Gregoire, a Democrat. He says he has been impressed with her commitment to agriculture, a commitment he shares.

Bob Gore has been Acting Director of the Ag department since May 2008. In the past, the governor has indicated a preference for appointing someone from the farm-intensive eastern part of the state.

Munks retired from the county commissioners after suffering a heart attack in 2007. But, he told a reporter he’d re-enter public life for a job like the Ag director’s position. “There’s going to be a lot of work to it, but if you’ve been a farmer and you’re used to working all the time, it’s not that big a change.” 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times