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Skagit PORT OF ANACORTES Commissioner Position 1

4-year termSalary $3,048 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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    Ken Goodwin (NP) Retired CPA, Commissioner

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    Allen Workman (NP) Real Estate Broker

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Phone (206) 300-6200
Town where you live Anacortes
Experience (300 characters max) Commissioner 17 years Woodinville Water District, CPA 40 years, Director of Finance Alderwood Water District 12 yrs, Chairman of Northshore citizens levy committee, President Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, King County Investment advisory committee, Sr board member Water Sewer risk management pool.
I have a passion for public service. I enjoy working with people that want to make their community a better place to live. My success as a public servant is demonstrated by; 17 years as an elected Commissioner of the Woodinville Water District, chairman of the Northshore School District citizens levy committee, President of the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, VP of the State Association of Sewer and Water Districts, President of the Water and Sewer risk Management Pool-providing all risk insurance coverage for 77 districts in the state, VP of Snohomish River Regional Water authority- we obtained the transfer of a water right form industrial to municipal use, the largest in the states history, Director of Finance for the Alderwood Water District-12 years. My team developed a purchasing guide for governments that is published on the MSRC website for all government agencies to use. I have a team approach to leadership that has demonstrated success.
1. Continuing the environmental cleanup programs by engaging the responsible parties and working with ecology and the legislature for additional funds 2. Attracting and retaining marine related industries for the Port. Capital projects are planned to repair bulkheads and dredging to allow for larger vessels to dock. 3. Continue making the marina a first class destination for recreational boating. Repairing and replacing aging piers, dredging to allow for additional boat slips. Developing the northern part of the marina for additional businesses and an event center, all to meet the goals of the Port- create jobs and economic development for the city.
The Port can walk and chew gum at the same time. All of the above are important to the success of the Port. The Commission could have three new Commissioners next year and my experience in government will be an asset to the new team. It takes a team effort to accomplish significant projects and my personality is conducive to team building.
Making the Port a first class destination for recreational boaters and developing a thriving maritime business that brings living wage jobs to the community. I am experience in business, I operated a chain of retail stores in remote Alaska and I have demonstrated success as a public servant.
Phone (360) 770-4948
Town where you live Anacortes
Experience (300 characters max) Real Estate Broker specializing in Residential and Commercial listings. Large amount of experience in property development, business development and lease negotiations. I understand that to grow revenue, you must entice business expansion. I have the track record to do this.
My wife Sarah and I moved here 20+ years ago and embraced this community. I immediately began my service to the community as a Skyline Board Member and Architectural Committee Chairperson. I became a member of Kiwanis Sunrisers and currently serve as 2017/2018 club President. I am an active Chamber of Commerce Member of 10 years and am presently on the Board of Directors. I gleefully served on the Anacortes School District Facilities Committee helping to design the new High School. This was a challenging task which consumed many months but was tremendously rewarding. I am running for Port Commissioner, District 1 because I believe the mission of the Port is economic development. With my experience as a Real Estate Broker, I feel I am well qualified. I currently believe that the Port in partnership with the Economic Development Association of Skagit County can recruit new businesses to the Port managed properties.
1. Declining revenue from Pier II which will reduce overall the operating budget and net income of the Port. 2. Filling vacant properties with lease paying tenants. The Port owns numerous build ready lots, many of which have been the result of environmental cleanup and are ready for new uses. We need to fill these unused parcels with new or expanded businesses that enhance our marine environment or offer needed goods and services. 3. Development of the NW basin. This is a very large and underutilized piece of property that would be perfect for a hotel/convention center, event center of other such similar use. This large parcel, if properly marketed, should be very attractive to a developer that would seek to provide public benefit and jobs.
Of the three, the most urgent is the loss of revenue from Pier II loading operations. This dramatic reduction in income will only reduce the Port's ability to develop other properties, maintain existing properties and provide more public benefit such as parks and recreation areas. By stabilizing revenue and growing it, the Port can pursue other more lucrative opportunities.
Helping to refine and streamline the Strategic Plan which is the cornerstone of the Ports mission. Some have suggested we reduce our reliance on Oil based products such as the loading of Coke and Sulfur, preferring instead to consider additional cargo types. This is all well and good but Pier II is a bulk loading operation and any shift away or toward another cargo type will require additional capital investment, which is difficult to fund. Other candidates have suggested that close scrutiny of the budget is the key to successful Port operations. I ask you, when dealing with our own budgets, it is only possible to reduce expense to a minimum level. The key is to grow revenue and we do this by putting our unused properties to productive use and expanding the loading of cargo from Pier II. logo


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