2021 General Election

Concrete Mayor Jason Miller is facing a challenge in the Nov. 2 general election.

But little is known of Lorin Massingale, who along with Miller filed to run for office just hours before the filing deadline in May.

Massingale did not submit information to the Skagit County Elections Department for its voters guide, and did not respond to the Skagit Valley Herald’s requests for comment on his campaign.

According to public records, Massingale owns a home and has a trucking business registered at an address on Baker Lake Road, several miles outside of Concrete.

Miller said what sets him apart from his challenger is his track record as a public official who has spent years engaging with the community.

“I am visible. I am engaged,” Miller said.

He also pointed to Massingale’s address as a difference between the two candidates. “I live inside town limits, so I have skin in the game.”

Miller served on the Town Council from 2007 to 2013 and as mayor since 2014. If re-elected, he will serve a third four-year term.

Outside of local government, Miller owns and operates the Concrete Herald, is president of the nonprofit Imagine Concrete Foundation and is co-manager of the town’s community garden.

He said his goal as a local leader is to improve the quality of life for all residents through economic development, community programs, and improved infrastructure and green space.

During his current term, Miller said he is proud that the town established a business incubator space, developed a new trail, and completed sewer and street projects.

He said economic revitalization remains a priority.

“Concrete’s economy spent four-plus decades circling the drain, and I’ve worked hard during my first two terms to steer its course toward better resilience,” Miller said.

He said he is also committed to bringing family fun to Concrete, including as a participant in Cascade Days, in the annual Fourth of July parade and on Ghost Walk tours.

“You’ll find me in virtually every parade in town, either as myself or dressed up as a character,” Miller said.

— Reporter Kimberly Cauvel: 360-416-2199, kcauvel@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kimberly_SVH, Facebook.com/bykimberlycauvel

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