Longtime Democrat George Barner has announced he is in the running for a second term on the Olympia port commission. He says he's brought more public voice into the port’s activities by adding more public meetings. But he wants to do more to boost economic development.
The latter is not a new song at the port, though Barner may use a different drummer than his predecessors.
Barner's campaign has created a web site here that has his campaign announcement from last week. The announcement says, in part, that he:
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The port commission is a non-partisan board. Barner served four terms as Thurston County commissioner from 1977 to 1993 as a Democrat. He won his campaign for the port in 2007, defeating incumbent Robert Van Schoorl, who had Republican ties, by just under 3,600 votes.
Two years ago, Bill McGregor won re-election to his port seat and labor-allied Jeff Davis beat environmentalist Dave Peeler in a battle between two Democrats to replace Paul Telford. Telford was a former Reform Party activist who retired from his post after pushing for more accountability and public disclosure.