If there is one thing our Port Commissioners are good at, it is on doing things that benefit themselves. If you'll remember back to March, the port commissioners gave themselves a massive pay raise. Well it doesn't stop there! Now they have given themselves $2.5 million dollars worth of advertising at the Sea-Tac airport! For comparison, in the most expensive commission campaign ever, Bill Bryant spent $365,680.86 to get himself re-elected.
The primary has come and gone now. Thanks to all your dedication and support I received just over 42,000 votes, more than any other liberty candidate on the ballot in this election. Unfortunately, the results were not as good as expected. I came in just 3% short of second place, the cutoff to appear on the general election ballot. Hopefully with your future support, we will move Liberty on to the general election and to victory.
Now that the general election is upon us, I'd like to urge you to vote for the one candidate I think can still bring much needed change to the Port of Seattle. I have meet Mayor Pete Lewis several times over my campaign and I feel he is the only remaining candidate who isn't running provide kickbacks to his employer or to advance his career. Pete knows what we need to change at the port to bring jobs to the Puget Sound region, and he has the political experience to know how to do it. Please join me in voting for Mayor Lewis. Let's bring his experience of running a cost effective, responsive city to the Port of Seattle.
Yesterday a story broke on yet another downgrade in the port's bond rating, this time from stable to negative by Moody’s Investors Service. Investors are losing confidence, can we really keep doing the same things we've been doing for the past 100 years? We need new ideas, and new leadership to ensure our port is competitive in the twenty-first century. That is why I'm running for port commission.
Just over a week ago, I was at the Stranger with my fellow Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 3 candidates and the question of minimum wage came up. Both of my opponents are for increasing the minimum wage to $15, but I am not. It's not because I don't care about the minimum wage workers, actually that couldn't be more from the truth. Today I'm going to explain my views on minimum wage and why I believe it shouldn't be treated as a welfare program.
We know all we need about the Port Security Grant now. At tonight's public meeting, the third and final public meeting on the Port Security Grant, I asked why the system is run by the City of Seattle Police and not the Port of Seattle Police. The answer from Assistant Chief McDonagh: to get to the port, you need to walk down the sidewalk in Seattle. This response is exactly what everyone seems to be afraid of.
Just over a week ago, I sent in a formal appeal regarding the Seattle Police Department's response to my early February request for the records and maps relating to the wireless mesh network. Like clockwork, I received a reply 5 business days later stating that the department was reviewing my request, and that I would receive a response on May 1st, 2013. I really hope this was an April fools joke.