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Pierce Port Of Tacoma Commissioner Pos. 2

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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Phone (253) 565-4757
Email rpmarzano@comcast.net
Town where you live University place
Experience (300 characters max) Presently serve on Puget Sound Regional Council Ex.board,co-chair sr167th completion coalition,President Tacoma Port Commission.Past member Foss Waterway Development Board, past President Washington Public Ports Assoc. Member Tacoma Transportation Club and Tacoma Propeller Club.Past Pres. ILWU 23
I have been involved in the Port my entire adult life working on the waterfront as a longshoreman. I decided to seek this position years ago because I believed then as I do now having a commissioner with a background in labor and first hand knowledge of a working waterfront is an asset.
Maintaining and creating living wage jobs in a clean and safe environment. Ensuring our infrastructure can meet the needs of a growing Maritime industry and community. The Harbor Maintainence Tax, a tax on cargo entering the United States which is not collected on that same cargo entering from Canada or Mexico, needs to be adjusted so our ports are not at a disadvantage. I have and will continue to work with our congressional delegation to make it a level playing field.
I have always believed the most important thing we can do as a port authority is create living wage jobs. We formed the Northwest Seaport Alliance with Seattle to ensure strategic investments,while having the ability to keep and grow our market share.Speaking with one voice and being a major gateway is critical to our region and state.
I have many interests in our operations. One that is critical to understand is that over 70% of all cargo coming to our Tacoma waterfront leaves Tacoma heading to Chicago and points east. We are the most trade dependent state in the U.S. having one in four of us relying on international trade. We need to make sure we are a reliable,cost effective gateway. I continue to promote working together with labor,our customers,elected officials and our community to ensure we all succeed in growing living wage jobs in a clean and safe environment. Tens of thousands of families rely on what we do ,we cannot fail them.

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