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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.
February 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM
Port of Seattle Commission President Tom Albro announced today his proposal to give port commissioners a $35,000 raise — from $6,000 a year to the annual salary paid to state legislators, a little more than $42,000 a year.
Just to show he’s not trying to get rich, Albro said he will waive the salary for himself, and he is proposing it right before he has to face re-election, possibly attracting more viable candidates to his own race. He said he knows the issue of giving his own commission a huge raise is politically dicey, but sees it as “for the public good.”
As it stands, the only people able to serve on the Port Commission are those who don’t have to work full-time to pay the bills, Albro said at today’s Port Commission meeting at Pier 69.
“We intend our government to be a representative democracy — that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. For this to be true, average citizens must be reasonably able to serve in elected office. But that is not the case when it comes to serving on the Port Commission. The vast majority of us simply can’t afford to give away half our working hours, no matter how much we might be drawn to public service,” he said.
Commissioner Rob Holland, who is resigning next month, has struggled throughout his term to hold down a job and got in trouble for using his Port credit card for personal expenses to help make ends meet.
Holland will have a chance to vote on the commissioners’ raise if Albro sticks to his schedule: he’ll introduce his resolution March 5 for a final vote March 12. Holland’s resignation is effective March 15. Three commissioners must vote for a pay raise for it to pass.
Commissioner Bill Bryant said he isn’t likely to support the legislation. Plenty of public servants don’t get paid, he said.
“Democracy is not a spectator sport. It requires us to get involved,” he said. “I’m spending my time working on issues that generate jobs, not giving myself a raise.
February 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM
The Port of Seattle Commission is appointing a new member to replace commissioner Gael Tarleton early next month. Almost as soon as they appoint a new member from a field of six finalists, they’ll be short one commissioner again when Rob Holland’s resignation becomes effective March 15.
So Commission President Tom Albro said the commission will start again with a new appointment process, opening up Holland’s seat to new applicants. Initially when Holland resigned, Albro said the commission might appoint two of the finalists for Tarleton’s seat, but now he says the processes will be separate.
There was huge interest in Tarleton’s seat. It drew 29 applicants. The six finalists will appear at two forums at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Seattle Central Library and Wednesday at the Renton City Council Chambers.
The commission will accept applications for Holland’s seat March 16-24. People who already applied don’t have to apply again, and the remaining finalists will continue to be finalists, Albro said. The commission hopes to appoint someone to Holland’s seat by May.
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