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Jefferson Port Of Port Townsend Commissioner, District 3

4-year term (ports in counties with over 100,000 pop); 4 or 6 year term counties with under 100,000 pop) Salary $42,106 (2013) in King, varies in other port districts. The Port District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the port facilities within their jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional Port Director and their professional staff. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any Port levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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    Keith Beck (NP) Retired Tugboat Captain, Small Business Owner

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Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major issues facing the port?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

What is your primary interest in the operation of the port?

Phone (360) 774-2488
Town where you live Brinnon
Experience (300 characters max) I spent twenty years in the maritime business. The last eleven years, I have been in the business of making and selling commercial crab and shrimp gear. I have participated in building ports from the Yukon River to Western Washington.
Being an active part of the Jefferson County ports has been a part of my family, as two of my uncles have been Port Commissioners. I feel it is my civic duty to be involved in the maritime part of Jefferson County considering my experience is in the maritime industry. Due to my maritime background as well as my passion for my community, I am confident I would represent the residents of Jefferson County well. My knowledge and experience with marinas and ports will be a benefit to the upcoming issues surrounding our ports. With my uncle, Herb Beck, being the Port Commissioner for thirty-plus years, I learned a wealth of knowledge about the county's ports, and know that with my experiences, I am the best candidate for this position.
The three major issues facing the port are, upkeep of all port facilities, lack of outreach to the community, and bringing in more port economy.
Bringing in more port economy is an urgent issue the port faces. For example, the land and resources are not used to the best of the port's ability. There is unused land the port owns next to the airport that can be developed into a small industrial park. Small businesses would be able to rent or lease land or building which in turn would bring in jobs to our county. It would also bring in revenue to the ports that could be used to do upkeep to all port facilities. If the port reached out to other small boat companies and maritime businesses to lease land, more revenue and businesses could be brought into Jefferson County.
My primary interest of the operation of the port for it to be used as a way for economical growth in Jefferson County.
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