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John Creighton

John Creighton

6619 - 132nd Avenue NE, PMB 182

Kirkland, WA 98033

(206) 818-4473

Education: Interlake High School, Bellevue; BA and MA, International Relations, Johns Hopkins University; JD, Columbia University
Occupation: Business Attorney, Seattle Port Commissioner

Effective Leadership, Real Reform


As your port commissioner, I have brought the business and environmental communities together to expand prosperity for all King County residents and working families.


I have worked with my fellow commissioners to grow the Port’s economic impact while significantly reducing air and water pollution at the airport and seaport. We have cleaned up contaminated industrial properties and put them back into productive use while restoring fish and wildlife habitat. We have electrified airport vehicles and are working to reduce the impact of growth on local communities.


I have championed reforms improving oversight of taxpayer funds, including implementation of a Commission Audit Committee, an independent internal audit program that has saved taxpayers over $6 million, better controls and procedures on capital projects, and increased transparency such as posting Commission expenses online.


I led the development of the Port’s Century Agenda, which sets out a 25-year plan to grow 100,000 new port-related jobs for our region.


In 2015, we launched the Northwest Seaport Alliance, our cooperative agreement with the Port of Tacoma, strengthening the competitive position of Puget Sound container ports and growing cargo and jobs. We have strongly supported the growth of the cruise business and modernization of the fishing fleet in Seattle, which generates over 20,000 middle class jobs.


I will ensure that our Port continues to be a regional economic driver and provides strong environmental leadership, while being accountable for your tax dollars.


I am honored to have the support of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, business leaders, labor unions, environmentalists and transportation advocates.


I am proudly endorsed by: Washington Conservation Voters, King County Democrats, King County Labor Council, Eastside Business Alliance, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, Former US EPA Director Bill Ruckelshaus, Mayors Nancy Backus, Suzette Cooke and Leeanne Guier and many more.

Ryan Calkins

Ryan Calkins

119 1st Ave S Ste 320

Seattle, WA 98104

(206) 682-7328

Education: M.A. International Relations, Yale University; B.A., Willamette University
Occupation: Small business owner; Nonprofit professional serving women and minority-owned businesses

With our vote, Ryan will work for transparency and ethics, environmental sustainability, and equitable economic growth that supports strong communities. Raised in the area by a public school teacher and a small business owner, Ryan brings a needed combination of integrity, work ethic, and progressive values to the Port of Seattle.


With over a decade of experience leading an importing and manufacturing business, Ryan worked directly with shipping operations at the Port. Under his leadership, they were named one of Seattle’s Greenest Businesses by Seattle City Light, serving as a model for sustainable practices across the country.


A public school dad, civic leader, and former international human rights worker, Ryan will stand up for the rights of immigrants and refugees who pass through our airport. A champion for the environment, he will modernize port equipment to reduce emissions that harm air quality and contribute to climate change.


Ryan worked his way through school. As a business owner, he supported raising the minimum wage and efforts to expand paid leave. He will preserve and expand family wage jobs, create opportunities for women and minority-owned small businesses, and protect the rights of Port workers.


In light of recent scandals, Ryan believes that the next Port Executive must be committed above all else to the ethical and transparent management of this important public enterprise. Taxpayers deserve to know how their resources are being invested, and need those investments to improve our economy, environment, and quality of life.


Ryan has earned the endorsement of the 5th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 36th, 37th, 41st, 43rd, 45th, and 46th District Democrats; Sierra Club; the Stranger; and over 100 elected Democratic officials, business, labor, and environmental leaders across our county including State Senator Rebecca Saldaña and State Reps. Mia Gregerson and Nicole Macri.

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