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About Vashon Island

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Vashon Island

Vashon covers 37 square miles, a larger area than Manhattan. It is situated in Puget Soundbetween Seattle and Tacoma, Western Washington’s largest cities, but often seems like a world apart. The only public access is by ferry, with routes linking the island to the two big cities and the Kitsap Peninsula.

The island’s 2020 population was 11,055. Vashon has experienced little population growth over the past 30 years, in part because of limited access to the mainland, in part because of land-use policies, in part because of limited water supplies.

Residents and visitors are drawn to Vashon by its rural character, scenic beauty and vibrant arts scene. Many residents commute to work off-island; an increasing number work from home. There is a small, but growing, Latinx community. Vashon also attracts many retirees; the percentage of the population over 65 is the highest in King County.

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Tim Johnson

I have been a resident of  Vashon island since 2009.  My previous background was in frozen foods operations and brand management, but on Vashon I found a new calling in the nonprofit and public service sector. 

I have chaired the Vashon Maury Island Community Council, served on the board of Vashon Be Prepared, been a member of the Vashon Maury Health Collaborative, and served on the executive committee for the campaign to create this very Health District. 

Professionally, I have had the immense honor and pleasure of being the business manager for Granny’s Attic for the past eleven years. 

I’m a people person, and if we haven’t met, we should fix that immediately!