Kevin Shutty announced Thursday he is running for reelection to the Mason County Board of Commissioners for District 2. Shutty was first elected in 2016 and is currently serving as commission chair.
“I’m running for reelection because we have made significant progress on improving the County’s finances, strengthening public safety, and creating partnerships to bring economic development to Mason County, but there is much more work to do,” Shutty said. “From day one, I have worked to restore stability, rebuild relationships and reform processes in county government so residents know they are getting the best service for their tax dollars. I am excited to hit the campaign trail to hear directly from voters and ask for their support to keep Mason County’s momentum going!”
In his first term, Shutty led efforts to reform the county’s budget process, strengthen the “rainy day fund,”modernize criminal justice facilities and create economic opportunity.
“The first responsibility of the Commission is to pass a balanced and sustainable budget to ensure the County funds critical services and has money saved for emergencies and economic downturns. I am proud of our work creating the County’s balanced budget and reserve requirements because this added financial stability will help us address issues like our outdated jail and court facilities and make smart investments in our community to spur economic development,” Shutty said.
In addition to the above issues, Shutty will focus on addressing the shortage of affordable housing, the homelessness and opioid crises, and public health issues affecting Mason County as well as continuing to reform the County’s building permit process.
Representing Mason County on several local and regional boards, Shutty serves as Chair of the County’s Housing and Behavioral Health Advisory Board, Chair of the Criminal Justice Working Team, Chair of the Alliance for a Healthy South Sound, Vice Chair of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council, Vice Chair of the Thurston Mason Behavioral Health Organization and was appointed to the State Building Code Council by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Shutty resides in Union with his wife, Catherine. They are active members of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Belfair, proud supporters of the Shelton YMCA and Great Bend Center for Music, for which Shutty serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.