Over many years I have been disturbed by the elite business interests served by the Port of Olympia. When I drive down the Brawne Avenue hill and see the astounding mountains of logs piled at the port I am reminded that the Port of Olympia serves as discounted storage for the timber company Weyerhaeuser. The treatment of timber at the port degrades the water quality in Budd Inlet. This is only one of many examples of how majority port decision makers disregard environmental health and natural habitat using tax dollars that subsidize a wealthy private company.
The majority on the Port Commission currently stand in the way of environmental stewardship, transparency of port business, and public interest and safety. As a citizen who cares deeply about the welfare of Thurston County, its people as well as its natural environment, I believe we need to reflect community values at the Port of Olympia.
We need responsible, thoughtful candidates who can steer our port toward environmental stewardship, such as estuary restoration on port property, business transparency, such as an accurate reflection of Port spending and debt, and the responsible use of citizens taxes, such as prioritizing community welfare over private business interests. This is why I am voting for E.J. Zita and Bill Fishburn for Port Commission.