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Benton Port Of Kennewick Commissioner District 3

4-year termThe 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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    Skip Novakovich (NP) Retired Military, Elected Official, Graphic Arts/Prinintg

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    Rick Reil (NP) Photographer, writer

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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 (509) 586-7858
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Town where you live Tri-Cities Washington
Experience (300 characters max) Graduate Whitman College – BA in Economics Graduate on the Commandant’s List from the US Army Command and General Staff College Graduate US Army Logistical Management College Graduate U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences Officer Advanced Course Successful Small Business Owner for 30 years
I have been a Port of Kennewick Commissioner for the past 8 years and want to continue the work we have ongoing at the Port of Kennewick to improve the economy and quality of life in the Tri-Cities region of Washington State.
The Port of Kennewick has several major projects requiring proper allocation of resources. Some of those are Revitalization of Clover Island, Columbia Gardens wine and Artisan Village, The Willows, Vista Field and the Tri-City Raceway. With a limited staff of only 12 and with the Commissions directive of no new taxes it is a daunting task to complete these projects as the community has envisioned. But I have pledged to do so on a pay as you go basis finding ways to sell property, leverage city, county state and national funds and prudently approve contracts. Perhaps my greatest joy is to tell you that since I became a Commissioner 8 years ago the Levy Rate the Port has assessed property owners has fallen by 25% from 44 cents/1000 to 33 cents/1000 and in the same time period the equity our constituents have in the Port of Kennewick has increased over 300% from about 18 million dollars to over 54 million dollars. AND the Port has NO DEBT!
To expand on the answer above, I believe having the experience and knowledge to allocated Port resources of staff time and tax payer dollars is not just necessary but critical to maintaining the level of quality projects the Port has accomplished, has underway and has planned for the future. Without a history of successful private business experience, leadership training and experience any elected official will be at an extreme disadvantage to accomplish what I have for our constituents in the past 8 years. I want to continue doing so by being completely open, transparent, and willing to place my constituents good far above my own. It has been said that a politician is someone who works for the next election. But a statesman is someone who works for the next generation - I am proud to say that I have been referred to as a statesman many times.
To maintain the level of service our constituents and this community have come to expect from the Port of Kennewick, our staff and our elected officials. I want to continue to serve the Port district to the best of my ability by listening to my constituents, continuing to provide quality of life amenities, while creating jobs and fostering a variety of economic growth opportunities in partnership with the private sector. All this to make teh Tri-Cities region in general and the Port of Kennewick District specifically a better place for both current and future generations to live, work, play,and invest to be economically viable and successful.
Phone (509) 727-1450
Town where you live Kennewick
Experience (300 characters max) 34 years Kennewick Public Hospital District Commission. Past president of the Benton Franklin Council of Governments. Past Chair of the Kennewick School Levy and Bond Committee. President of the Adult Day Services Board. Viet Nam era Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Washington Air National Guard.
As a life-long resident of Benton County I have a great understanding of the needs and wants of our area. I am passionate about working for the betterment of our wonderful Tri-City area. I have served in numerous public positions most of my adult live. I enjoy working with other public officials on inter jurisdictional projects. I have the experience, education, and temperament to be an effective port commissioner
1. The Port appears to be a well run organization. Being governed by three elected commissioners can be a challenge. It is important that there be changes every few terms to bring new perspectives and talents to the commission. Now is a good time to make a change.

2. Industrial development does not appear to be a high priority with the port. This should be looked at and considered as current projects near completion.

3. I think more community involvement, particularly that encourages feed back and offers community members with expertise in related fields, the opportunity to become involved in planning of projects.
Number 2. It is important, in many instances, for the port not be become a competitor with private industry. Partnering with other jurisdictions and private developers with the goal to create more high paying jobs would be inline with its mission.
The Port of Kennewick's commission is primarily a policy board. It is responsible for the employment of the port's director. It also approves budgets and along with that has a fiduciary responsibility to the district's constituents. My interest is to help guide the district by being a contributing, connected member, working with my fellow commissioners. logo


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