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• Business attorney
• Small business owner
• International business, law and trade experience in China and Hong Kong, our largest trading partner.
• Worked at Clean Energy Group, a leading organization working on innovative policy, technology, and finance strategies in clean energy/climate change.
I want a better vision and prosperous future for Pierce County and Washington State. I will work towards a port that is more inclusive, open and accountable, and which moves beyond its toxic legacy. I will bring a fresh data-driven perspective to the Port Commission, help heal the relationship with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and with surrounding communities, and will provide strong environmental and economic stewardship.
While studying abroad in China during law school, I saw firsthand the heavy industrial pollution in China. I realized that economic and environmental wellbeing must go hand in hand. We must preserve our quality of life and natural resources in the Pacific NW. I was against the proposal to build the world’s largest methanol plant in the Port of Tacoma. I want to increase public engagement, accountability and transparancy at the Port. With a shared vision and master strategy, our port can be an innovative leader and a better economic engine for our county.
1.Competing with other major port gateways on both the west (British Columbia, Southern California) and east coast.
2. Integrating strong environmental stewardship and innovation into our economic development.
3. Subarea plan and port master strategy plan. Subarea plan will establish a shared long-term vision and coordinated approach to development and investments in the port area. The Port must also create a master strategy plan that goes beyond marine cargo operations. This will be affected by the subarea plan.
• To compete with other major gateways, the Port must modernize operations and infrastructure. This includes increasing our capability to service larger ships and investments in transportation to reduce traffic congestion.
• For subarea plan, we need to establish clear communication, expectations, and unified vision and purpose to strengthen partnerships.
• Master strategy plan requires a shared vision with regional and community partners and assessment of the talent and assets of our region. The strategy would address development in other areas of Pierce County, beyond maritime. This requires the creation of a long-term comprehensive public engagement plan to build relationships, and increase public transparency and accountability. We must also work with our educational institutions, research centers, businesses and non-profits to expand access to port-related opportunities, increase innovation, and build the skilled workforce of today and tomorrow.
Ports play a significant role in the health of our waters and air quality. We must reduce air pollutants and reduce GHG emissions in marine vessels, heavy duty trucks, trains, and cargo handling equipment. Regarding water quality, we must develop and implement best stormwater management practices. We should be mindful of our effects on marine life, such as salmon and orca.
The Port of Tacoma has had tremendous economic development. But we must also keep in mind the history of superfund sites in which lives were lost and health affected. This also cost us hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs plus loss economic opportunity because contaminated land could not be leased. As port commissioner, I am committed to be a steward of public resources. I will evaluate investments in the long-term and ensure that the community benefits and the port obtains an excellent return on investment not just in the short-term.
Port authorities significantly impact the local and global environment. This why environmental stewardship should be one of the top priorities for port commissioners. This is why environmental sustainability must be integrated in port operations and our economic development. I am endorsed by Washington Conservation Voters and Sierra Club because of my commitment and willingness to take action.
We need to attract, promote, and support greener industries and jobs in our area. I would partner with agencies, organizations, labor, schools and businesses to address climate change and climate resiliency, which includes securing the port from sea level rise. A report released by Center for Climate Integrity in June 2019 showed Washington bearing the highest financial burden (est. $24 billion) among West Coast states due to sea level rise driven by climate change.
Shipping vessells will be mandated to reduce emissions. This will require investments and innovation in energy sources.
I have a business and legal background. I earned a business administration degree from the University of Puget Sound and law degree from Cornell Law School. I had the opportunity to work and study abroad in China/Hong Kong, our largest trading partner. I focused on international law, trade and business. While at the University of Hong Kong, I was at the US Commercial Service which helps US companies enter the Chinese market.
As a community and civics advocate, I have the ability to reach out to more people and build bridges. I am creative, collaborative and data-driven, as well as open-minded and pro-active. I can listen and lead. This is a critical time at the Port and our county, where we need to unite and move our economy forward.
Town where you live
Lake Tapps (Unincorporated Pierce County)
Experience (300 characters max)
US Navy retired (1974-2001). Ship based fighter pilot (1974-1992). Executive Officer USS Enterprise (1993-1996); Captain USS Supply (1996-1998). Captain Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (1998-2001); Boeing Kent engineering, program management, and new business development (2001-present).
I am running for Port of Tacoma Commissioner because the Port of Tacoma is the economic engine of our county and there are people that aim to sacrifice this economic engine for a notional move to clean energy. As a retired Captain of a Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, I bring a wealth of experience in what it takes to make a port competitive. The Port does not control shipping companies or ship builders although we can and should encourage and support them in their plans to modernize. As citizens, all of us should be pushing for international agreements that incentivize these ship builders and shipping companies to move to cleaner and lower environmental impact energy sources. The Port's focus needs to be on attracting new customers and new businesses to a thriving international port and delivering the best support services to our customers – the ships and shipping companies. This business growth brings more family-wage jobs that are the core of Pierce County’s economy.
1. Competition for shipping company business with other west coast ports, British Columbia and east coast ports accessed by the Panama Canal.
2. Unimpeded train and truck cargo transport.
3. Environmental protections meeting projected US and International standards.
1. Competition with other ports:
We need to make our port the most attractive for shipping companies all over the Pacific basin. This includes the best port services, smoothest offload and onload of cargo, community treatment of our visitors, as well as service cost.
2. Unimpeded train and truck cargo transport:
Our port offers the advantage of a combination of train and truck cargo transport to best meet the shippers' business needs. Highway connections are being updated now but that is not enough. We need bring in modern analytic and traffic scheduling tools to relieve congestion on our roads. There is no need to have 500 trucks show up at the same time and generate a logjam entering the port.
3. Environmental protections:
As ships are being modified for cleaner burning and eventually lower carbon footprint fuels, we need to become the go-to port providing the best services for these new technologies.
1. We should be planning for and providing services to ships as they make modifications for cleaner burning and eventually lower carbon footprint fuels.
2. We should be encouraging ship owners to convert to cleaner burning fuels.
3. We should be working to minimize or eliminate the need for fuel oil and bunker fuel storage near our waterways.
4. Our port labor force needs to sustain the strong culture of safety and environmental stewardship. The people working in the port are the number one line of defense against oil / fuel spills.
As a member of the Pierce County Surface Water Board for the past three years, I've been involved in the movement of residences out of high risk flood areas and areas at risk of Tsunami. Our Tacoma Tide Flats provided to the for Port of Tacoma for management and operations should be kept to this commercial business use and thus minimize the risk to private citizens and personal residences.
In my 26 years in the navy, I’ve worked with ports worldwide including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Dubai, Turkey, Italy, and many more. I know seaports; I know what it takes to keep our port competitive.
As Captain of the underway replenishment ship, USS Supply (AOE-6), and as logistics coordinator for all Allied ships operating in the Arabian Gulf, I have planned for and operated extensively with port services of all types. Tugs, pilots, crowded channel navigation, trucking, cranes – I have worked with them all. I’ve experienced these same port operations from the user end as Executive Officer of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and Captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
As a Boeing employee, I know import/export businesses need a strong port and efficient port services. Working for this high tech business, I bring extensive experience incorporating emerging global communication/network systems and analytical tools to improve all types of business operations.