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Pierce County Port of TACOMA Commissioner Position 3

4-year term in counties with over 100,000 population; 4 or 6 year term in smaller counties. Salary varies with district. The Port District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the port facilities within its jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional Port Director and the 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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    Frank Boykin

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    Deanna Keller

Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major issues facing the port?

How do you want to address these issues?

What part should your district play in your area’s environmental health?

How, if at all, will the changing climate affect your port and its environs?

What experiences have you had that prepares you for this position?

Phone (253) 370-0663
Town where you live I live in the city of University Place, WA.
Experience (300 characters max) Enterprise Account Manager/Executive, National, Regional and Small Business Development at United Parcel Service. (UPS) United Parcel Service Business Development Transportation Executive for Amazon (UPS’s largest Northwest client). UPS Ambassador of the Year - Congressional Awareness Team
In my 25 year career in shipping, I've seen where the Port has been and helped it grow. I also know where it's going - we need to continue to grow, but we need to grow in a direction that is inclusive and sustainable. My proven business acumen, realistic approach to sustainable business practices, and my firsthand understanding of the need for an economy that works for everyone in our community, makes me the right choice for the Port.
The port needs to continue to grow, to support the most environmentally sound policies available, and to grow in a way that benefits everyone in our diverse county. I will bring my experience as a businessman, pragmatist, and community member to bear on all these issues. I have connections in every community that touches this race, and I will listen to them all fairly to make the best choices for all of Pierce County.
I will address these issues with a thoughtful, measured approach by sharing my vision that all residents can see themselves within, and in which our port works better for everyone. This will be an inclusiveness, intentional effort to garner a diversity of perspectives which will create a better, different, special community engagement.
We owe it to every generation and group - both past and future - to find the most environmentally responsible methods available as we grow our Port. The Port employs 29,000 people, and they have family and children who depend on that growth. We can't let them down - we have to keep the Port successful. But we also have to utilize the most ecologically responsible technologies available to us so there is a Puget Sound for those children and their children to enjoy for generations to come. That means moving away from bunker fuels and diesel toward more sustainable and responsible methods
The changing climate affects every aspect of the Port: its economy, ecology, and people. Increasing acidity of our waters threatens our wildlife and our aquaculture. Rising temperatures lead to the drought we have now, which threatens foliage and leads to run off which aggravates the environmental threats that already exist. And every aspect of our economy - from the manufacture of goods to the salaries of the consumers who buy them - is threatened by climate change. The problem is systemic, and solving the problem requires a candidate who is a systemic thinker. With over two decades of award-winning logistics expertise, I am that candidate.
My experience is the most thorough and complete on the ticket. I know the industry - I worked it for 25 years. I know the realities of the challenges the Port face - I faced them every day of my career. And I know the people - all the people - who make this County run. You - the people of Pierce County - have made the Port work. I'm dedicated to make the Port work for you.
Phone (253) 290-3489
Town where you live Gig Harbor, WA
Experience (300 characters max) 11 years as a small business owner, 12 years as a public school principal, USMC veteran, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Goodwill Industries, BA Western Washington University, master's Northwestern University
As a Marine Corps veteran, former elementary school principal, and as the President and Managing Owner of a local business for over 11 years, I’ve spent my career bringing people together to find common ground and get things done. I’m running for Port Commissioner to put my leadership skills to work for Pierce County and the Port of Tacoma – because together we can create a cleaner environment, stronger economy, and more local family-wage jobs.
We are experiencing a loss of business and jobs to British Columbia, California and the East Coast; our internal and external infrastructures are congested; and polarization/radicalization of stakeholder groups.
When elected, my top priority will be job creation. I will attract new business through responsible incentives, modernizing the terminals, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, streamlining infrastructure improvements, and strategically managing growth. Due to the increased interest within the Port of Tacoma by its constituents, we need to develop a better communication plan. Using my strategic planning skills and extensive collaboration experience that I have gained throughout my career, much of this needs to be done strategically and collaboratively.
I will prioritize protecting and restoring our environment, because a healthy bay creates a healthy economy. Together we can clean up the bay and contaminated tide flats and reduce diesel and bunker oil emissions, keeping workers healthy and the air clean.
Climate change is already causing the oceans to rise which will in turn impact the land surrounding the Port. We need to strategically and proactively prepare for this.
Port commissioners oversee the creation of public policy and strategic planning, ensure the general operations of the port are carried out, workers are managed effectively and have a safe and healthy work environment, and are responsible for evaluating the Executive Director and CEO. I’m proud of my record of strong business leadership which led my multi-million dollar business through the recession of 2008; my knowledge of port business and operations gained through public service and the handling of national and international shipping for companies including Nordstrom and Costco; and my track record of inclusion and collaboration throughout my career. I believe these are the qualities and skills you deserve from your port commissioner. I have been a leader throughout my career: leading high school bands, leading schools as a principal, leading boards as President and Chairman and then executing those duties as I learned in the Marine Corps - with faithfulness, honor and integrity.