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January 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Port Commissioner John Creighton will seek re-election

Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton said today he will seek re-election this year. He’s been on the commission since 2006 and served as president in 2007 and 2008. He ran unopposed in 2009.

He said in a news release he will campaign on his leadership helping the port grow sustainably, particularly its cruise operations. He cited his work on reform. During his tenure, audits have exposed spending and conflict-of-interest problems among commissioners.

Creighton also touted his role in the Port’s Century Agenda, a marketing plan to increase Port business. The port is under pressure from development interests in Sodo and competition from the Port of Tacoma, as well as ports in British Columbia and California.

Creighton, a business lawyer and Democrat, challenged Metropolitan King County Councilwoman Jane Hague for her seat in 2011, but lost in the primary after his opponent made an issue of a protective order taken out against him by a former girlfriend.

Commissioners Tom Albro and Rob Holland also are up for re-election. No word yet on whether they plan to run. In addition, the commission will begin this month taking applications from candidates hoping to be appointed to replace Gael Tarleton. Tarleton is resigning at the end January from the Port Commission because she was elected to the state House of Representatives.

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