– “Port races are important for Thurston County economic future”
“Thurston County voters will elect two new Port of Olympia commissioners this fall. These candidates won’t generate the publicity of legislators or mayors, but they’ll help shape our community’s future.
The commissioners will lead one of our region’s most valuable assets, an organization critical to the economic, environmental and cultural health of Thurston County. Their decisions will go a long way in determining its significance in the future.
Thurston County residents benefit from the port, even if they don’t work within the maritime industry, in ways many may not recognize or may take for granted.
That’s why the Thurston County Chamber and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 47 have joined forces to promote public understanding of the port’s unique and valuable contributions to our community,” by Robert Rose and David Schaffert, Special to The Olympian.
– “Port of Olympia primary candidates address revenue decline”
“The race for the two seats on the Port of Olympia commission has attracted six candidates, making this the most active port primary in years.
On Tuesday, voters in the two districts at stake — District 1 and District 3 — will decide who advances to the general election in November.”
“In District 3, there is no incumbent because Sue Gunn resigned earlier this year, and appointee Michelle Morris is not running. The challengers are E.J. Zita, 55, a longtime professor of physics and renewable energy at The Evergreen State College; Jerry Farmer, 62, co-owner and sales manager of radio station KRXY 94.5 FM; and Bob Jones, 68, a retired Army man, veterans advocate and consultant to small manufacturers that want to do business with defense contractors.
Larry Goodman dropped out of the District 3 race for health reasons, but his name is still on the ballot.
Whoever advances and eventually wins, however, will likely inherit a different port than in past years. Revenue at the marine terminal has fallen sharply because of lower oil prices, which has slowed the need for fracking sand imports, and a stronger U.S. dollar, which has made log exports more expensive,” quoting Rolf Boone, The Olympian.