Sue Kuehl Pederson
Former Chair, Grays Harbor Republican Party
Other Professional Experience
Fisheries Biologist, UW, NOAA Fisheries, Army Corps of Engineers (WA, OR, AK), WA Dept
Fish and Wildlife, King County DNR. Power Manager, Grays Harbor PUD; Senior Power
Analyst, Seattle City Light; Senior Environmental Analyst, Seattle City Light; Research
Scientist/Publications Manager, BioSonics, Inc.
Master’s Degree in Public Administration, University of Washington; Bachelor of Science
Degree in Biology (minors in Chemistry and German), Western Washington University.
Board Member, Small Faces Child Development Center; Board Member, Ghana Together;
Board Member, Commencement Bay Rowing Club (youth program).
Our public lands have been ravaged by natural disasters including tree infestations and forest
fires. They’ve also been damaged by a man-made disaster: state managers that have focused
on serving special interest groups instead of providing for taxpayers, school districts, and
outdoor recreational enthusiasts.
No more policy-by-press-conference. No more angling for higher political office. It’s time for new
Sue Kuehl Pederson is running to bring that new leadership to DNR, the agency responsible for
managing our state’s 3 million acres of trust land.
Informed by a lifetime of managing natural resources, Sue will work to ensure that Washington’s
working forests continue to provide a steady, reliable stream of income for our public schools.
We’ll do this by adopting proven forest management techniques that reduce disease and excess
fuel loads in our forests, which accelerate devastating forest fires. Sue will use her experience
as a UW and NOAA fisheries and habitat biologist to strike the right balance between protecting
wildlife and protecting Washington’s forest economy.
Raised in rural Washington, Sue has a distinguished career in natural resource management,
including service as a regulatory liaison for a major hydropower construction project. She has
raised two adult children and survived breast cancer.