Ex-legislator Glenn Anderson applies for Port of Seattle seat

February 5, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 5, 2013

Former state Rep. Glenn Anderson is among 29 applicants for a vacancy on the Port of Seattle Commission — a group of officials responsible for overseeing the Port of Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson

The ex-legislator and Issaquah Republican is invited to address the commission, or submit a statement, Tuesday. The commission is interviewing applicants for a seat left open after former Commissioner Gael Tarleton resigned Jan. 31 to serve in the state House of Representatives.

The commission is allowed 90 days to appoint Tarleton’s successor under state law.

“We are pleased with both the number and quality of the commission applicants,” commission President Tom Albro said in a statement released Monday. “We are looking forward to hearing from each of these candidates tomorrow afternoon.”

The applicants address the commission at 1 p.m. at Port of Seattle headquarters, Pier 69, 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle. The meeting is available to watch live at http://bit.ly/MUJAPh.

Once the interview process is completed, commissioners plan to select four to six applicants to participate in mandatory public forums Feb. 26 and 27.

Commissioners plan to appoint Tarleton’s successor in March. The decision is made by majority vote at a public commission meeting.

Other applicants for the seat include attorney Courtney Gregoire, daughter of former Gov. Chris Gregoire, former Seattle City Councilwoman Jan Drago and former state Sen. Claudia Kauffman.

Anderson left the Legislature in January after 10 years serving the 5th Legislative District in the House. Issaquah Republican Chad Magendanz is Anderson’s successor.

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