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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

August 4, 2015 Primary And Special Election

Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position No. 5 



Darrell Bryan



Darrell Bryan


Education: MBA, St. Mary’s College; BA, Washington State University; Executive Development Program, University of Virginia
Occupation: Partner and former President of Victoria Clipper

Statement:

Just as I led the Victoria Clipper for almost thirty years as its President, I can help lead the Port of Seattle through the current competitive economic environment. The port must invest and maintain its infrastructure to attract global maritime and airport commerce, creating solid family wage jobs for our region.  The port is home to the North Pacific fishing fleet, world class marine cargo and cruise terminals, and one of our nation’s busiest airports. A third of local jobs are tied to international trade and maritime commerce.

 

While King County is in the midst of an economic boom, it is not lifting all boats. The port can help by creating the kinds of jobs that don’t require advanced degrees or tech experience and offer people great opportunities for fulfilling careers.

 

How do I know this? I’ve done it. As partner and former President of the Victoria Clipper, I’ve hired hundreds of people over my career and watched them work their way up in great maritime careers. I was a tenant of the port and have firsthand knowledge of how the interaction between port and customer works best. At Victoria Clipper, we built partnerships with local hotels and airlines to build the tourism industry – skills I will bring to the commission.

 

The port is facing challenges at the airport and the Seaport is in a competitive fight for survival as a container port. The newly forming Seaport Alliance between Tacoma and Seattle is a great opportunity to hit that competitive challenge head on. My organizational and business experience at Victoria Clipper and Amtrak, including a lifetime of contacts in the maritime world, will be put to good use if I am fortunate enough to earn your vote August 3rd. A diverse economy depends on a thriving port. 



For more information:

PO BOX 1404
MERCER ISLAND, WA 98040
(206) 787-4289
darrellbryan1@outlook.com


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Norman Z. Sigler



Norman Z. Sigler


Education: MBA, Ross School University of Michigan; BS Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Washington & Lee University
Occupation: Diversity Recruiter and founder of CLEAR-Consulting.Biz; Political Activist

Statement:

Greetings, I am running to help the Port of Seattle lead the way in public transparencyfinancial accountability, and wise stewardship of our community and natural resources. The Port must be the economic engine of livable wage job growth in maritime, aviation and related businesses in our region. Let’s rebuild the Alaska Fishing Fleet in Ballard, expand SeaTac with input from neighboring communities, and facilitate an amazing working waterfront which honors our past and is mindful of our future!  The Port and King County must immediately create a plan to transition oil and gas jobs into jobs built on the clean discovery and clean distribution of clean energy – building an economy that works for a healthy US and a healthy planet.  No more oil rigs on our shoreline and no more Arctic drilling. 

 

My understanding of the complex aviation industry is strong and began in 1992 when I joined Northwest Airlines (now Delta) as a route and financial analyst.  I moved to King County 12 years ago becoming the Maintenance & Engineering, Manager of Finance & Contracts for Alaska Airlines.  My experience includes airline capacity planning, labor negotiations, and capital budgeting. Travel, tourism, and financial modeling are in my blood.  In my current role as a “headhunter”, I place people in leadership positions and am particularly proud that my last six assignments placed women in such roles.  I’m a firm believer that diverse teams make better decisions and I plan to bring to the Port this focus in my role as a Commissioner.

 

I pledge to listen and make decisions representative of our shared values as an innovative community striving to be the best in all that we do. It is my honor to receive your vote for Port of Seattle Commissioner #5. Thank you.



For more information:

4701 SW ADMIRAL WAY #293
SEATTLE, WA 98116
(206) 935-8139
norman4port@gmail.com
www.normansiglerforport.com

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Marion Yoshino



Marion Yoshino


Education: Masters of Business Administration, University of Washington; B.A. Political Science, Carleton College MN.
Occupation: Economic Development Consultant

Statement:

Marion Yoshino is an economic development professional with a background in banking and finance.  She is a former City Council member whose municipality achieved over a $100 million of environmental improvements that were initially resisted by the Port of Seattle.  

 

She is a candidate for Port Commissioner today because of a series of successes that she and other community leaders achieved in working with the Port, including securing Port funding to construct soundproof school buildings throughout the Highline District.

 

In her career as an Economic Development official, Marion developed the first business park on Port property.  The 90-acre Des Moines Creek Business Park has been awarded the FAA Regional Headquarters office project, turning vacant land into over 1600 local jobs.  The Port owns hundreds of acres of additional property that could be used to create more jobs.  Marion brings a commitment to helping people, and a dedication to economic development, to the Port Commission.

 

Marion is the candidate of choice because she takes a strong stand:

 

Shell Oil should not have received a lease agreement with the Port. There was no hearing process and the decision was made without public comment.

 

Everyone who works at the Port deserves the $15 minimum wage.

 

Women and minorities who work for the Port deserve equal pay.

 

Environmentally friendly businesses are now creating more jobs, while preserving and restoring the beautiful Puget Sound.  We shouldn’t have to settle for anything less than a clean environment and local jobs.

 

Let’s stand together for a clean environment, local jobs, and fair wages as best business practices.  Leaders throughout King County have come to recognize and support Marion for Port Commissioner.

 

Post your own comments about the Port on the website www.marionyoshino.com. Marion is listening.  But she can’t act unless she has your vote.



For more information:

17837 1ST AVE S #217
SEATTLE, WA 98148
(206) 431-2629
info@marionyoshino.com
www.marionyoshino.com

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Mark Hennon



Mark Hennon


Education: Accounting, Journalism, and Marketing majors at Long Beach State, California
Occupation: Author and Computer Consultant

Statement:

Hi, King County Voters!

 

I'm Mark Hennon, and I'm for working people, seniors, and the environment.

 

I'm against the current Port policy of docking Shell's fleet here, and its plans to give Tacoma control of Seattle's shipping and the Seattle shoreline.

 

My father was a union activist. My best client is a Union. I've practiced environmentalism for forty years, and I'm a trained accountant and journalist.

 

I'm determined to investigate the secrecy shrouding the Shell deal and the so-called Seaport Alliance--which turns out to be a huge giveaway.

 

The Alliance sounded like a good idea to begin with, but the latest (May 5th) details would give control of all Puget Sound shipping to Tacoma for the next five years, and tie up the Seattle shoreline for the next twenty years--with no legal recourse available to the people of King County.

 

I want to get us a better deal than that, and then make all Port business completely open and legal--so you can always know what's happening and share in the decision-making.

 

I'm new to politics. I've been a tax accountant, a payroll manager, and a magazine editor. I'm now an author and computer consultant.

 

While advocating for Seattle's elephants to be granted sanctuary, I heard about the Port's dirty Shell deal. I researched, and learned the Port is dominated by airlines, bankers, and shippers.

 

Some of my opponents work for such corporations. But I will owe you my loyalty. I would be the swing vote to turn around a port commission that's been outsmarted by Tacoma. Please select me--a staunch and loyal progressive--for openness and fairness at the Port, and to ferociously protect your best interests.

 

I'd appreciate your vote. Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

(Endorsements and more at Mark4Port.com)



For more information:

PO BOX 9755
SEATTLE, WA 98109
(206) 567-3877
mark4port@gmail.com
www.mark4port.com

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Daniel E. Reandeau



Daniel E. Reandeau


Education: Peninsula College
Occupation: Retired 32+ years at a highly regarded manufacturing processing facility

Statement:

As a lifelong resident of Puget Sound, I share your desire for a healthy and booming Port economy, where we can employ our citizens with living wage jobs, provide a valuable return on your tax dollars, safely transport our residents to domestic and international destinations, and effectively move our state’s products to market.

 

I also share your desire for clean emerald waters, where we can grow healthy marine life, kayak or paddleboard along the shoreline, and raise our children and grandchildren as good stewards of the environment.

 

Like you, it pains me to see apples rotting on trucks outside the Port, starfish melting in our local waters, and Bertha stuck in the ground and running ever increasing delays and cost overruns.

 

While sharing your goals, I bring a diverse background and skillset that will uniquely complement our Port’s existing leadership. Specifically, with over 32 years of management experience at a large industrial manufacturer, I have brought products to market with hardworking union employees, served on the front lines of environmental protection, drilled with Homeland Security, led incident command, and responded to numerous 2a.m. phone calls, when millions of dollars were on the line.

 

Our port faces many challenges ahead, and we need to assure that prudent decisions are made with regard to: the proposed $608 million international arrival satellite at Sea-Tac airport, finding responsible tenants for Terminal 5 during its lengthy renovations, and rebuilding the trust of our Port’s valuable customers, many of whom suffered significant losses during last year’s prolonged labor negotiations.

 

In carefully evaluating these decisions, you deserve a commissioner who will run toward the fire, be the first to pick up a shovel, and whose door is always open.  Led by these convictions, and with the heart of a servant, I am humbly asking for your vote.



For more information:

1301 HARBOR AVE SW #208
SEATTLE, WA 98116
(360) 774-2788
danreandeau@hotmail.com


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Richard Pope



Richard Pope


Education: University of Washington, JD Law; Excelsior College, BA Economics; University of Tennessee, Graduate International Economics
Occupation: Attorney, Small Business Owner, Devoted Parent, and Concerned Citizen

Statement:

Let’s Abolish the Unfair $73.0 Million Port Property Tax Levy!

 

This year, King County property owners are being taxed $73.0 Million to subsidize the Port of Seattle.  Since 2002, this unfair property tax levy has more than doubled.  Why should working families and senior citizens be drained, just to subsidize international shipping companies and lucrative Port contractors?

 

Other major ports don’t tax the people, but give money back to the people.  Our biggest rivals, Los Angeles and Vancouver BC, give back over $100 million annually to support local governments.  With over $5 billion in net assets, the Port of Seattle can also give back to help the people, and stop taking such an enormous subsidy.

 

Complicating matters, the Port of Seattle has too many businesses to effectively manage its investments. With the cushion of a property tax subsidy, it simply hasn’t been forced to do so. Most people know that the Port runs the airport, seaport, and cruise terminal, but it also manages four conference centers, six office and commercial developments, a system of nineteen parks, and a police department nearly as large as the entire City of Renton force. That’s just the tip of the iceberg! Clearly, there are opportunities for both operational improvements and divestitures.

 

We need to trim and reform overbloated and inefficient Port management.  The Port CEO makes $350,000 annually, over twice the Governor’s salary!  Over 100 top executives have comfortable six-figure salaries.  Controversial leases and contracts have been awarded with very little debate or public scrutiny. Year after year, the Port faces divisive scandals and disastrous performance audits.  We need to reform our Port and make it financially accountable and self-supporting!

 

I am an ordinary citizen, small business owner, and a concerned and devoted parent.  Once again, I would be honored to have your vote!



For more information:

15600 N.E. 8TH STREET, SUITE B1-358
BELLEVUE, WA 98008
(425) 829-5305
rp98007@gmail.com
www.richardpope.com

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Fred Felleman



Fred Felleman


Education: B.S. in Psychology, University of Michigan. Masters of Science in Fisheries, University of Washington
Occupation: Marine Environmental Consultant

Statement:

Fred Felleman brings extensive experience and a history of success working with government agencies to address critical environmental concerns.  A whale biologist and maritime expert, Fred: 

 

Worked with lawmakers, state regulators, the Port and the cruise ship association enabling the industry to flourish while ending the discharge of partially-treated sewage into Washington waters;

 

Banned oil drilling off the coast by playing a key role in the creation of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary;

 

Championed the establishment of a rescue tug in Neah Bay as a Makah Tribe consultant;

 

As a founding member of the Friends of Golden Gardens, he helped secure over a million dollars for restoring Golden Gardens Park.

 

When Shell Oil sought to use the Port as its homeport for Arctic explorations, Fred would have said “no” before seeking public input. The Port’s decision to rubberstamp Shell’s plan epitomizes its lack of transparency. Increasing transparency, accountability and ecological integrity are Fred’s top priorities.

 

Unfortunately, the public is only aware of the Port’s decisions during times of controversy; when in fact it’s engaged in numerous activities worthy of public attention.  Shell supporters feared that opposition to the oil company’s homeport amounted to posting a “closed for business” sign. However, those fears would certainly come to pass if the public no longer supported taxes that subsidize the maritime sector or opposed efforts to gentrify our working waterfront.

 

Fred has lived in Ballard for over 20 years. He supports the maritime traditions and sustainable jobs of King County.

 

Proudly endorsed by: Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien; former King County Executive Ron Sims; former Seattle Port Commissioner Alec Fisken, founder of Earth Day Denis Hayes; environmental attorney Peter Goldman; former Washington Conservation Voters board member Martha Kongsgaard, and four term state legislator and labor leader Max Vekich.



For more information:

PO BOX 51016
SEATTLE, WA 98115
(206) 595-3825
fred@fredforport.com
www.fredforport.com

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Herb Krohn



Herb Krohn


Education: Attended Columbus College, Seattle Central Community College and Antioch University. Federally certified Conductor.
Occupation: Rail Safety and Worker Advocate, and Union Pacific Conductor.

Statement:

I’m Herb Krohn and I’m running for the Port of Seattle to bring together labor, business and environmental groups to ensure we continue to have a port that works for everyone. I am uniquely well-qualified to unite our community. 

 

I'm a railroad conductor and a labor leader representing local rail workers in Olympia. I understand trade, transportation and public safety concerns. I have a long record of advocating for fair, safe working conditions and reasonable pay. I've worked to ensure that all trains operate with the highest safety standards.

 

I am a pro-business labor leader. The Port of Seattle is one of the few places left in our region which attracts and supports good middle-class family wage jobs. I've fought and will continue to fight to preserve and expand these jobs. Some people want to sell parts of the Port to developers. This would be terrible for taxpayers and a betrayal of the Port's mission to operate in the public interest.

 

I am a pro-environment labor leader. The Port of Seattle has had a solid environmental record, but it can do better. As your commissioner, I'll work hard to help our Port achieve the best environmental record in the nation.

 

I am a pro-taxpayer labor leader. The Port has done a great job balancing its budget without tax increases. As a fiscal conservative, you can count on me to be a vote for responsible budgets.

 

My partner Jae and I live in North Seattle. I'm a co-founder and board member of Equal Rights Washington. I am endorsed by both business and labor leaders, and by both Democrats and Republicans -- proving that I can unite our community. With your vote, I will be a voice for middle-class jobs, a clean environment and lower taxes.  



For more information:

PO BOX #55342
SEATTLE, WA 98155
(206) 305-5862
herb@herb4port.com
www.herb4port.com

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Ken Rogers



Ken Rogers


Education: BA Indiana University; Stanford Law School's Directors College Executive Seminar on Corporate Governance
Occupation: Airline Pilot and Labor Representative Board of Directors Member, Retired

Statement:

Sea-Tac airport generates approximately 80 percent of the Port’s revenue, yet we do not have a port commissioner with aviation expertise. I have 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry: as a US Air Force pilot, airline pilot, labor leader and union member on the board of directors of a major airline.

 

I am committed to the long-term success of the entire Port- all airlines, shippers, commercial fishermen, tourism industry, and the hard-working people who make our Port facilities run. I will focus on strengthening our regional economy, protecting Puget Sound, and reducing the climate impacts of our sea and airport facilities. I will lead a top-to-bottom review of governance procedures to ensure Port business practices align with the values and priorities of the people we serve. The Port collects taxes from all the people in King County and must be a transparent, accountable public agency.

 

As a 25-year member and leader in the Airline Pilots Association and through my work in the airline industry, I have fought for working people through collective bargaining; addressed complex challenges arising from terrorism, wild swings in the economy and oil prices, changing federal regulations and competition from foreign government-owned and subsidized airlines. My experience gives me a deep understanding of transportation and trade.

 

I am committed to protecting and enhancing our thriving local airlines as well as the aerospace and freight industries that protect jobs and consumer choice.

 

As a South King County resident for over 30 years,  I am proudly endorsed by labor, community, business, conservation and government leaders including: Rodney Slater former United States Secretary of Transportation; Aerospace Machinists 751; King County Councilmen Dave Upthegrove; 46th LD Democrats; State Representative Mia Gregerson and many others who appreciate what I would bring to our Port Commission.

 

Please see rogersforport.org for endorsement updates.

 


For more information:

119 1ST AVE S #320
SEATTLE, WA 98104
(206) 682-7328
rogersforport@gmail.com
www.rogersforport.org

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