Candidate's Name: Allen Workman

Age: 64

Residence: Anacortes

Occupation: Real Estate Managing Broker

Education: College with emphasis in Computer Science

Elected offices held: None

Community involvement: Kiwanis Sunrisers Club President through 2018, Skyline Beach Club Board of Trustees – past, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors – current. Anacortes School District Facilities Committee – working on design of high school for Bond request – successfully approved Bond

Campaign website: None

Why are you running for office?

Anacortes is my town and I believe it is important to be engaged. As an elected official, I will consider all points of view and offer my opinion based on the greatest benefit for the greatest number. The city and port have grown tremendously over the past 20 years that Sarah and I have become residents. I wish to contribute my knowledge and judgment to addressing the Comprehensive Plan from the Port of Anacortes and debate how best to implement or amend this plan for the betterment of the Port tenants and the public as a whole.

What is the single biggest issue facing the candidate who is elected to this position?

The Port of Anacortes is vital to the social and economic well-being of the City of Anacortes. As such, the Port is tasked with environmental cleanup efforts, creating public benefit of Port owned land and creating a thriving economic climate to grow and sustain our existing businesses as well as recruiting new business to Port managed properties. So there is no one single issue but a multiple of issues that are equally significant.

How will you address it?

The best approach is always to meet and hear the points of view from my constituents, community service organizations, port tenants and businesses doing business with or potentially doing business with the Port and to draw conclusions based on these inputs.

Why should voters choose you?

I have a history in Anacortes now dating to 1998 and during this time have been very active in my community. As a Real Estate Broker for the past 12 years, I have become involved with land use policy, City and Port comprehensive plans, home ownership, commercial real estate investing, land development and much more. I can present a broad perspective of experience that will lend itself to sound judgment concerning the direction of the Port and the entire City as well.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

The ability to see a “big picture” and implement policy based on the benefits, costs and potential detrimental impacts of many decisions. The end does not justify the means and I understand this. So, careful deliberation of any decision or direction is necessary.

Candidate's Name: Matthew Plier

Age: 29

Residence: Anacortes

Occupation: Marketing and operations

Education: University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

Elected offices held: None

Community involvement: Contributor of local food banks and charities

Campaign website: plierforport.com

Why are you running for office?

It will be an honor to serve my community, leading by example for my two daughters.

What is the single biggest issue facing the candidate who is elected to this position?

Economic development.

How will you address it?

Assure that the Port of Anacortes holds a business-friendly climate, attracting new and retaining vital local businesses.

Why should voters choose you?

I am dedicated, hard working, and ensure tasks get done.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

My unique skillset and vision will take the Port of Anacortes and its commissioners into the 21st century.

Candidate's Name: Ken Goodwin

Age: 70

Residence: Anacortes

Occupation: CPA-retired

Education: MBA University of Washington-Accounting, BA University of Washington

Elected offices held: Commissioner Woodinville Water District-17 years

Community involvement: Member, Marine Advisory Committee - Port of Anacortes Board member, Skyline Marine Owners Association #17, Board member Sunset Cove HOA Wooodinville - President, Chamber of Commerce Northshore School District Levy Committee Chairman Cascadia community college presidential advisory committee, King County Investment Advisory Committee Trustee - VEBA, tri state health savings account

Campaign website: none

Why are you running for office?

I have demonstrated a passion for public service: 17 years as a Water and Sewer District commissioner, Chair of Northshore School District Levy Committee, President of the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, King County Investment advisory committee member, Board member of the State Association of Water and Sewer Districts, and17 years as Board member of Water and Sewer Insurance Pool

What is the single biggest issue facing the candidate who is elected to this position?

Marina: continue to replace and upgrade docks, maintain the marina as a first-class destination for boating rendezvous and boat shows. Work with the commercial fishery operators to be responsive to their needs.

Marine terminal: continue the upgrades identified in the comprehensive plan, bulkhead replacement, secret cove log yard cleanup, quiet cove environmental cleanup. Attract new businesses to the terminal and maintaining a cooperative working relationship with the existing tenants.

Airport: maintain a safe facility for pilots and neighbors.

Properties: keep the Ports facilities fully rented at rates that attract job creating businesses.

How will you address it?

Projects that clean up the environment would be high on my list. A balance needs to be made between economic development projects and projects that benefit existing tenants. To the extent that public/private partnerships opportunities arise they would have to be examined in light of the Port's mission statement and what would be in the best interest of the public with respect to prioritizing projects.

To continue to upgrade and replace docks as needed. Development of the property north of the marina could be a significant contribution to existing businesses as well as attracting additional businesses and tourists. Transient boaters to the marina are significant contributors to the local economy and additional boat slips would bring in more boaters.

Why should voters choose you?

Experience counts. I have extensive experience as a commissioner and have demonstrated an ability to work respectfully and cooperatively with fellow Commissioners. I have been effective working with other government agencies; city, county and state

Longtime Port Commissioner Ray Niver met me during a public discussions of the port budget. Ray was impressed with my knowledge of budgeting and responsible use of tax dollars.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

Experience as an elected representative of the people, budgeting expertise, working as a team member, commitment to involve the public in port issues, experienced businessman, and demonstrated community involvement.

 

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