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Commissioner Position No. 2

Sam Cho

Sam Cho

9805 NE 116TH STREET

SUITE 7497, WA 98034

(425) 780-7776

Education: BA American University; MSc The London School of Economics
Occupation: Entrepreneur and Public Policymaker

Four years ago, I ran on a platform that committed to creating a “port for the people.” It was a platform based on the principle that people should come over politics. As soon as I was sworn in for my term in January of 2020, this was put to the test.


COVID-19 was a once-in-a-generation pandemic that truly shook the foundations of our society. We saw chaos in supply chain logistics and travel through the airport came to a screeching halt. 


I’m proud that despite COVID-19, the port weathered the pandemic without laying off a single port employee and saved every small and minority dining and retail tenant at the airport from going out of business. We were able to do this because we made principled decisions that put people first.


Despite the pandemic, we were able to invest in the airport to get upgraded from 3 to 4-stars by Skytrax and we won “Best Airport in North America” in 2022 and 2023. We were also the only port on the west coast to add container terminal space during the pandemic. I have worked tirelessly to ensure the growth and economic prosperity of King County, promote sustainability, and combat human trafficking.


I’m asking for 4 more years because the job’s not finished. In a post-pandemic world, we must build the “port of the future.” A future where we create the next generation of strong family wage jobs; A future where we are the greenest port in North America; A future where we usher in new technologies such as hydrogen and offshore wind. With your support, we can build a port of the future that we can all be proud of. 


Endorsed by over 50 local elected leaders, Seattle Building Trades, ILWU, Washington Conservation Action, King County Democrats and many others.

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