Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, today released this statement on the passing of former Sen. Harriet Spanel, his predecessor as senator representing the 40th Legislative District.
“I am extremely saddened to hear of the loss of Harriet Spanel. She was a dear friend and mentor to me.
“Harriet has been a sounding board and a true mentor on countless issues for me as I have navigated Olympia these past eight years.
“She was a tireless fighter for our communities, our children, the environment and our state. She was a champion for the protection of Puget Sound and oil spill protection laws and was a strong advocate for protecting habitat and ensuring that our fisheries were well-managed and that our fishing industry remained a healthy one.
“After leaving the Senate, Sen. Spanel continued to actively serve the people of the state, having been appointed to several boards and commissions by the governor.
“We have lost an incredible leader and a dear friend.
“She will be deeply, deeply missed.”