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Commissioner Position 2

Sam Cho

Sam Cho

9805 NE 116th Street #7497

Kirkland, WA 98034

(425) 780-7776

Education: M.Sc. International Political Economy, London School of Economics; B.A. International Studies, American University
Occupation: Founder/CEO, Seven Seas Export; Former Special Assistant, Obama White House

As the proud son of immigrants who came to this country through the Port of Seattle, I’m running because I want a Port that works for the people. The congestion going into SeaTac Airport and long lines at security aren’t working for the people.


My priorities are to promote equitable economic growth, aggressively tackle climate change, bring transparency and accountability to the port, and stop human and labor trafficking. As the port expands, we must account for the concerns of neighboring residents, lower carbon emissions, and transition to sustainable sources of energy.


My experience making government work for the people includes serving President Obama as a political appointee at the US General Services Administration and working as a Legislative Assistant in both the United States Congress and Washington State Legislature. My time with President Obama has taught me that good policies require great execution. As Port Commissioner, I will use my experience to execute and ensure the tides of a growing economy provides opportunity for everyone. Today, I’m a small business owner in trade and exports working directly with the Port. At a time when our region’s economy is threatened by Donald Trump’s trade wars, it's more important than ever to have a strong advocate for Washington goods and exports.


As your Port Commissioner, I will combine my experience in government and business to fight for living wages, expanded paid leave, create more opportunities for women and minority-owned small businesses, and protect the rights of port workers. I’m asking for your vote so we can make the Port work for the people of King County.


Endorsed by King County Democrats, Washington Conservation Voters, MLK Labor, One America, the Longshoreman, SEIU6, the Carpenters, Local Laborers242, The Stranger, 10 Legislative Districts in King County, several business leaders and state legislators.

Grant Degginger

Grant Degginger

119 1st Ave. S. Ste. 320

Seattle, WA 98104

(206) 682-7328

Education: Mercer Island High School; B.A. University of Washington; J.D. Seattle University
Occupation: Attorney; past Chair WA Public Disclosure Commission; former Bellevue Mayor

Our port facilities are the "front door" to our region and must be welcoming places for all who visit, work, or come seeking a better life.  I am committed to making the Port of Seattle a transparent and innovative partner, delivering the infrastructure, living wage jobs, and environmental sustainability our economy and communities need and deserve. During my twelve years as Bellevue Mayor and councilmember, I helped deliver light rail to the Eastside, the new 520 bridge with increased transit service and bike access, fought for water quality, and needed affordable housing.


As your Port Commissioner, I will build on my proven record of bringing people together around shared values to get things done.  As past Chair of our Public Disclosure Commission, I'll ensure greater transparency and taxpayer accountability in Port budgeting, capital investments, contracts and executive compensation.  


I will make the right investments at the airport to expand opportunities for family wage jobs, ensure equity in contracting to create more opportunities for minority, LGBTQ, and women-owned businesses, and reduce lines at the airport by implementing remote luggage check-in locations in Seattle and Bellevue.  Travelers will be able to check their bags, enjoy a luggage-free day, and retrieve their belongings at their final destination.  


I will protect Puget Sound and our climate by continuing to invest in cleaner aviation fuels and in powering ships, trucks, and service vehicles in port with electricity.  We must reduce carbon emissions on the ground and in the air, and be a better partner with neighboring communities. 


Proudly Endorsed by: The Seattle Times; Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck; County Councilmembers Claudia Balducci, Pete Von Reichbauer; State Senator Jamie Peterson; State Representatives Eric Pettigrew, Larry Springer; Mayors of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Snoqualmie; Former Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess;  41st District Democrats, and many more!

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