Ex-legislator Glenn Anderson applies for Port of Seattle seat

February 5, 2013

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.”

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Port of Seattle vacancy is open to King County voters

January 29, 2013

Residents interested in trade, tourism and transportation can apply for a soon-to-open seat on the Port of Seattle Commission — a group of officials responsible for overseeing the Port of Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Commissioner Gael Tarleton intends to resign from the commission Jan. 31 to serve in the state House of Representatives.

The position is open to U.S. and Washington residents eligible to vote in King County. Candidates must submit application materials by noon Feb. 1.

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Port of Seattle vacancy is open to King County voters

January 24, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 24, 2013

Residents interested in trade, tourism and transportation can apply for soon-to-open seat on the Port of Seattle Commission — a group of officials responsible for overseeing the Port of Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Commissioner Gael Tarleton intends to resign from the commission Jan. 31 to serve in the state House of Representatives.

Under state law, the commission is allowed 90 days to appoint Tarleton’s successor.

The position is open to U.S. and Washington residents eligible to vote in King County. Candidates must submit application materials by noon Feb. 1.

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Leaders pledge cooperation on economic development

July 10, 2012

King County and Port of Seattle leaders sat down for a rare joint meeting June 18 and proclaimed “an opening act” to a period of increased cooperation between the organizations.

King County Council members and Port of Seattle commissioners discussed the need for regional collaboration to bolster the economy in the Puget Sound region.

In the meeting — the only joint meeting between the groups in recent memory — officials received briefings on long-term plans for both organizations, economic development and international trade.

The council and commission adopted a joint agreement calling for strengthening bonds between King County and the Port of Seattle. Officials pledged to seek opportunities to form joint state and federal legislative agendas, partner on environmental initiatives and transportation planning, and collaborate on economic development and tourism.

“The next 25 years offer so much opportunity for King County, so let’s be smart and strategic in the economic and environmental decisions we make today,” Port of Seattle Commission President Gael Tarleton said in a statement.

King County, Port of Seattle leaders pledge cooperation

June 23, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 23, 2012

King County and Port of Seattle leaders sat down for a rare joint meeting Monday and proclaimed “an opening act” to a period of increased cooperation between the organizations.

King County Council members and Port of Seattle commissioners discussed the need for regional collaboration to bolster the economy in the Puget Sound region. In the meeting — the only joint meeting between the groups in recent memory — officials received briefings on long-term plans for both organizations, economic development and international trade.

“Today is an historic occasion for which I say: ‘it’s about time,’” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in a statement. “In our increasingly complex economy and society, I think it’s more important than ever that our bodies talk together and coordinate our efforts.” Read more

Issaquah voters re-elect Councilman Joshua Schaer

November 15, 2011

Joshua Schaer (right), calls his mother Nancy Schaer, of Redmond, to tell her about his lead in the Issaquah City Council race, as former Councilman David Kappler chats with other election night partygoers at the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Greg Farrar 

Joshua Schaer, the only City Council member to face a challenger in a little-noticed campaign season, trounced opponent TJ Filley as the off-year election came to a close.

Incumbents scored leads in the initial election results released just after 8 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 8, eliminating the prospect of a long pause before a frontrunner emerged. Schaer, alongside incumbents on the Issaquah School Board and Port of Seattle Commission, pulled ahead early.

Though voters decided on the majority of council seats, only Schaer attracted a challenger. Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein cruised into office in the other council races. Terms for the triumphant candidates start in January.

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Port of Seattle incumbents sail ahead

November 15, 2011

Port of Seattle Commission incumbents Bill Bryant and Gael Tarleton sailed to re-election Nov. 8. Bryant trounced challenger Dean Willard, a Sammamish resident, and Tarleton defeated Richard Pope in a lopsided contest to remain on the nonpartisan commission.

The race hinged on the economy and the environment, and the role the Port of Seattle plays in relation to each issue. The commission is the agency responsible for the Port of Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

City Council, Issaquah School Board incumbents post big leads

November 8, 2011

Joshua Schaer (right), calls his mother Nancy Schaer, of Redmond, to tell her about his lead in the Issaquah City Council race, as former Councilman David Kappler chats with other election night partygoers at the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 8:20 p.m. Nov. 8, 2011

Joshua Schaer, the only City Council member to face a challenger in a quiet campaign season, posted a sizable — and almost certainly insurmountable — lead against opponent TJ Filley as election results started to dribble out Tuesday night.

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Press Editorial

November 1, 2011

Tarleton, Bryant for port commissioners

The concerns in the races for the Port of Seattle Commission are about enemies and rivals — in the name of terrorism and new competition.

Candidate Gael Tarleton, the commission’s expert on security issues, is a shoo-in for another term. Her opponent, Richard Pope, is a perennial candidate for one office or another and not a serious contender.

The other contested port race includes sharp, dedicated candidates — incumbent Bill Bryant and his challenger, Sammamish resident Dean Willard.

Bryant has steered the commission through tough financial management issues and corrected the course. His commitment to bringing port issues to the public and for the public is outstanding.

Willard’s decision to challenge Bryant — a leader respected by Democrats and Republicans, business and environmental interests alike — seems oddly timed. We encourage Willard to remain engaged in the public process. The local political scene needs more candidates with his enthusiasm and ideas.

However, Bryant is the best choice to continue leading the Port of Seattle on the rough seas ahead.

Issaquah City Council, school board candidates gather at forum

October 18, 2011

Candidates for local and regional offices offered prescriptions for counteracting the ailing economy and educating a 21st-century workforce at a forum Oct. 13.

Candidates for positions on the Issaquah School Board laugh at a joke during a candidate forum Oct. 13 at the King County Library Service Center. By Greg Farrar

Organized by The Issaquah Press and moderated by Publisher Debbie Berto, the forum attracted candidates for City Council, Issaquah School Board and Port of Seattle Commission.

The candidates, gathered at the King County Library System headquarters in Issaquah, answered questions in 40-minute sections organized by office.

The forum occurred days before King County Elections mails ballots, and as many voters start to pay attention to the off-year election. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Though the majority of council seats is up for election, only a single seat is contested. In the lone contested race, challenger TJ Filley faces incumbent Councilman Joshua Schaer for the Position 4 seat.

Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein did not attract opponents for the other positions.

In a far-reaching discussion about municipal issues — transportation headaches, economic development, ongoing efforts to regulate a medical marijuana operations and more — Filley and Schaer stuck to usual themes from the campaign.

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