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Clark Port Of Camas-Washougal Commissioner, District No. 3

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 (503) 703-6169
Town where you live Washougal
Experience (300 characters max) Current Port Commissioner. Past board member with Cape Horn Conservancy. Volunteer with US forest Service. Volunteer of the year (2014) with Friends of the Columbia Gorge. Member of Camas Washougal Rotary. Vietnam Vereran serving in the United States Marine Corps.
I have been an active citizen at the Port since 2008. I was involved wit the development of the Port Strategic Plan and Mission Statement. I was involved with the development of the Waterfront Trail, and the development of the waterfront master plan. I was appointed to the Port of Camas Washougal Commission in April 2017. I have a working relationship with the citizens of Camas and Washougal and I am currently involved with projects with Washougal City Councilors and stiff. I wish to continue as a Port Commissioner to promote strategic investments for the community, continue to create jobs, infrastructure, and recreational opportunities.
Continued development of the Stergerwald Industrial Park, providing jobs for the community.

Develop the Port Waterfront Property

Acquire land for future development
The development of the Port's waterfront property. With input form the community, a village concept was created that includes retail shops, restaurants, meeting space, office and multi use buildings and hopefully a community center. This will become a community gathering place, business and corporate center, residental and retail location. The development will highlight the recreational and hiking opportunities, the Columbia River and river access.
I wish to continue to work as a team member with my fellow commissioners and the Executive Director to set policy and review the port's budget. Our mission is to provide local jobs and to continue to develop a strong economy for our community. I will continue to work with the cities of Camas and Washougal to strengthen partnerships and well planned business growth. Most important I will continue to represent the citizens of Camas and Washougal.
Town where you live Washougal, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Former Air Traffic Controller w/ college degrees in Aviation Science, Business Management, and a minor in Political Science. I have served as a political issue organizer, college student Senator, and helped develop a joint business incubator between the UC-Merced, an airport, and local government.
1. I believe my experience will help the Port of Camas-Washougal at this crossroad offering unique opportunities in economic stimulus and community waterfront recreation for decades to come. Decisions in the next few years will shape the development of the greater economic and social landscape of our communities. Spaces of light industrial infrastructure should be united with expansive yet intimate activity areas that include eateries, shops, parkways and recreation. We will accomplish this in an environment of transparency, not through closed door “executive sessions.” I bring a record of port operations, economic planning, and successful influence of state budgeting and legislation. 2. Also of concern, is that the majority of the port lay within Washougal and a very small portion of Camas near the marina, but just one of the three commissioners are elected by Washougal. The decisions made at the port have an overwhelming influence on the future of our community.
1. The future of our cities and the port. Our communities are growing, and they will change dramatically. I have seen poorly planned community growth. We don’t want that. The port must work closely with the city leaders of Camas and Washougal to develop a master plan. 2. A modernized retail development of the port just east of the Marina. My concern is with the traditional small to medium retail stores and their modern struggles. Gear toward the shopping of 2025. We need an interactive community activity center w/ retail, entertainment, & food focused on the mobile interactive experience, from our shops to the waterfront. 3. Lack of knowledge and participation by our constituents. Too many people in our community don’t know about the port commission. These people don’t realize that there are public meetings that they can participate in; the decisions are being made on their behalf that will affect the way the community will change in the coming years. We need greater public awareness.
Developing the area just east of the marina over the next 5-15 years. Plans call for lots of retail. We need to be looking to the future. Traditional retail is struggling in our downtowns and nationally due to online shopping. It is vital that we have retail space, but I want to bring a sounder economic plan for the area. If we add 8-15 traditional stores, we may cause issues for downtown businesses. We need an interactive community activity and shopping center. Encourage interactive retail stores remembering many of their customers are geared for the mobile focused shopping, businesses that involve people in activities, as well as park and waterfront eateries. Provide a consumer experience of interacting with the shops, entertainment, and the waterfront parks & trails. Retail makes most money off young families and consumers; they are often connected and looking for a unique and exciting experience. We must make our port successful in the future with an enhanced visitor experience.
I want to help the port build a strong economic foundation for our communities that also provides memorable leisure activities for social gatherings, families, and individuals. We can make the port the pride of our communities with great events, an airport, a marina, and plenty of employment opportunities. We have an opportunity today to shape our growing communities well into the future. That sounds really exciting to me. logo


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