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Snohomish Port Of Edmonds Commissioner District 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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    Bruce Faires (NP) Engineer, Engineering and Marketing Management, Corporate Officer and Business Consultant

  • Lora Petso (NP)

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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?

Address same as above
Phone (425) 280-3122
Town where you live Edmonds
Experience (300 characters max) Sandia National Labs as Member of Technical Staff - 6 years; Eldec Corp. - 9 years in engineering, engineering management and marketing; OPCON Corp. 4 years as President; Eldec as VP, Marketing and Advanced Development, 10 years; RVSI Corp as President/General Manager, 8 years, Consultant, 12 Year
The Port is important to our community, financially, environmentally, and from a quality of life perspective. I’m running for reelection to insure that the excellence the Port has achieved in the past 20 years continues. It is important to the residents in our district that we continue local government that works.
The first challenge is certainly to continue the balanced and effective work that has resulted from having cohesive and effective commission and staff at your Port.

The second important issue facing the Port is insuring that, when is becomes necessary to replace the physical structures at the Port--docks, structures, buildings--we have been sufficiently financially prudent to be able to fund the necessary renovation without any additional taxes on the residents of the Port district.

The third ongoing challenge is to continue the outstanding environmental success the Port has achieved, both relating to the clean up of the Edmonds marsh and the relatively small effect the Port can have there, and west of the BNSF tracks in our boatyard and marina, where we have consistently won awards for environmental excellence.

Further information concerning these and other issues is available at
All of the priorities discussed are important to our community’s future and they are all on-going challenges. The most important has to be the first: continuing to balance effectively the goals of environmental stewardship, economic vitality for our community, and a great waterfront experience for the public. This absolutely requires the kind of healthy commission and staff interaction that has produced the outstanding results to date. Without effective and balanced local government at our Port, we cannot attain continued quality results on other important issues.
My personal focus is the strategic planning necessary to balance the different objectives--environmental excellence, economic vitality and attractive public amenities---and position our Port optimally for the future. Prudent financial management is also of particular interest to me because all assets at the Port really belong to the residents of the Port district and making good decisions with their money is a serious responsibility.
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