The Times recommends: Ryan Calkins for Port of Seattle, position 1
During his first tenure on the Seattle Port Commission, Ryan Calkins proved to be a strong voice for environmental sustainability and showed his understanding of the port’s mission as an engine of economic development in the region.
He is the best choice in the Commissary Position 1 race.
Calkins, a business consultant at a non-profit organization that supports low-income entrepreneurs, said his decision-making on the commission is guided always considering the impact on the public good. This includes supporting actions that generate economic activity and paid employment, while minimizing negative environmental effects on neighboring communities and beyond.
The incumbent wisely believes that ports that embrace the green economy will be in a better position than those that are unprepared. Part of that effort is the continuous dockside power facility at the Port of Seattle, having charging infrastructure for transport trucks and working to accommodate sustainable aviation fuels at Seattle International Airport- Tacoma.
“We have to be prepared to make the investments now, knowing that is the direction we are going,” Calkins said. “We’re going to fly cleaner planes and sail cleaner ships, so we want to be ahead on that. “
The other candidate in the race, Norman Sigler, owns an executive recruiting firm and already had an unsuccessful race for the Commission in 2015. His campaign’s emphasis on environmental concerns seems inconsiderate against the incumbent. He fails to argue that there is a need for change.
Calkins’ proudest achievement as commissioner spearheaded the opening of the region’s first maritime high school, he said, which hosted its first class last month. The school – which guides students interested in maritime careers – aims to address the workforce shortage and increase overall diversity, attracting more women and students of color.
“That sums up what I really want to do, which is to make sure the Port of Seattle drives the kind of economic activity that benefits real families in our community,” he said. .
Voters are expected to re-elect Calkins as Port 1 Commissioner.