November 5, 2013 at 7:09 AM
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Incumbent Port Commissioner John Creighton was holding a lead over Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis in Tuesday’s initial election results, and three other incumbents were also leading their challengers.
In initial returns, Creighton was leading 69 percent to 31 percent.
Voters were supporting two appointed commissioners, Courtney Gregoire and Stephanie Bowman. Gregoire was beating Socialist opponent John Naubert 83 percent to 17 percent, and Bowman was leading over former travel agent Michael Wolfe, 70 percent to 29 percent.
And commission president Tom Albro was holding a lead over his challenger, Eastside lawyer Richard Pope, with 58 percent of the vote to Pope’s 42 percent.
ORIGINAL POST: Four incumbents on the Port of Seattle Commission face re-election challenges today.
Commissioner John Creighton is up against Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis.
Courtney Gregoire and Stephanie Bowman, who were appointed to open seats this year, face John Naubert and Michael Wolfe, respectively.
Commission President Tom Albro is challenged by lawyer Richard Pope.
The four commissioners, along with Commissioner Bill Bryant, make up a commission eager to reinvent itself and gain clout after losing a high-profile battle against a proposed Sodo arena. The commissioners spent much of their campaigns arguing that the Port deserves more attention for its role in the local economy.
October 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM
The Port of Seattle says it will stop airing welcome messages at Sea-Tac Airport until after the November election following a complaint that they violate election laws.
Passengers heading from the parking garage to the terminal hear one of Seattle’s Port commissioners welcoming them to the airport, with a few facts about job creation and the Port’s 25-year plan. But now Andrew Pilloud, who lost a campaign for Port commissioner in the August primary, has filed four complaints with the state Public Disclosure Commission, saying the messages are basically free campaign ads for four commissioners running for re-election this year.
He filed complaints against the four on the ballot this year: John Creighton, Stephanie Bowman, Courtney Gregoire and Tom Albro. Port spokesman Jason Kelly said the Port will cooperate with any investigation and will stop playing the messages in the meantime.
And he said similar messages have played in the airport for about a decade.
September 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM
The Port of Seattle Commission sent a strongly worded letter to Seattle Mayor McGinn today, urging the city to start over on the review process for a proposed sports arena in Sodo.
The Port has opposed the arena from the start, saying it would tangle traffic near the city’s seaport, threatening its competitive position and crowding out maritime and industrial businesses that support middle-class jobs in Seattle. The commission’s letter today is a reaction to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed arena.
“Not only are arena proponents risking Sodo’s full-time, middle class jobs, they are also gambling with city finances,” the letter says.
The Port claims that the city should have analyzed alternative sites for an arena, even though a private investment team led by Chris Hansen is only interested in the Sodo site near Safeco Field. The letter also says the traffic analysis in the report “lacks all credibility.” The letter urges the city to start the process over.
August 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM
Appointed Seattle Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman jumped to a commanding victory, winning nearly two-thirds of the Tuesday vote in a three-way race.
Michael Wolfe, with 18.5 percent of the vote, was leading Andrew Pilloud, with 14.9 percent, in the competition for a berth in the November general election. Bowman won 65.9 percent of the preliminary vote.
Bowman, executive director of the nonprofit Washington Asset Building Coalition and former manager of federal government affairs for the Port of Tacoma, was appointed in April to fill the the vacancy created when Rob Holland resigned from the Port Commission. She has called for more cooperation among Washington’s ports.
Wolfe, director of sales for Seattle mobile-app company Useadeal.com and chair of the 37th District Democrats, said that as the only candidate with experience in the travel and tourism industries, he had the background to build business at Sea-Tac Airport and serving cruise lines.
Pilloud, a software engineer for EMC Isilon and a one-time Ron Paul campaign worker, advocated a focus on job creation at the port and less intrusive airport-security screening.
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