Ken Rogers, left, and Marion Yoshino[/caption] by Jack Mayne Two South King County residentsÂ have filed for election to the Port of Seattle Commission Position 5 to replace incumbent Commissioner Bill Bryant, who is said to not be seeking re-election. Former Normandy Park City Councilmember Marion Yoshino and Delta Airlines pilot and board member Ken Rogers of Des Moines filed on Monday. Yoshino is also a former economics development official for Des Moines, and is also a partner with her husband in an import/export business for European auto parts, according to her election website. She says supporting her â€œis an opportunity to choose leadership that is experienced, but free of political obligations.â€ Rogers has been a resident of the area since his days as an Air Force pilot at McChord Air Force Base, and is a Delta pilot who has for eight years been a member of the Delta Board of Directors. He lives in Des Moines and is married to Catherine Carbone Rogers, Chief Communications Officer for Highline Public Schools. Rogers says he is running because it has been â€œtoo long since the Port has had a commissioner with significant airport and airline experienceâ€ and the Port Commission â€œneeds a fresh perspectiveâ€ to policy making and that â€œSouth King County should have representation on the commission,â€ something it has not had â€œfor many years.â€ The only other port contest this year is Courtney Gregoireâ€™s position 2, and no candidates had filed for that race as ofÂ Tuesday (May 12) at Noon.]]>
The Port of Seattle is the driving engine not only for our states economy but for our country’s economy as well.
The Port of Seattle and it’s commissioners will have a number of extremely serious decisions that will need to be made in the very near future, from the alliance with the port of Tacoma, the Funding and modernization to Terminal 5 and the preservation of Pier 46 as a working cargo container terminal as well as the upgrades and expansions to the airport, these are all profound decisions that will need to be made and each of them have serious consequences that will come with them.
It is imperative that our Port Commissioners be highly skilled and capable in making these decisions.
As a career Longshoreman on the waterfront in both the ports of Long Beach CA and now the port of Seattle WA, I question that either one of these two individuals possess the skills and qualifications that are required to be a sitting port commissioner in our port as well as what has even lead them to believe that they do, now is not the time to have and unqualified individual on our port commission relying only on the job training to get the job done.
ok so in reading this article john I get it you don’t like ken rogers because of his wife’s job title.
And you don’t like Marion Yoshino because she did not steel $50,000 for the tax payers of des moines like you and your wife’s buddy did a few years back.
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