The League of Women Voters will host a forum between Port Commissioner Chuck Caldwell and challenger Ron Figlar-Barnes in an election that has become almost an up or down vote on the county’s feelings on the oil trains exporting crude oil at the Port of Grays Harbor.
The campaign event is slated for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the First Baptist Church 729 Eklund Ave. in Hoquiam.
It’s hosted by the League of Women Voters and North Beach Community TV, which will also broadcast the event.
Figlar-Barnes has been a biologist for 30 years and currently works as a planner/environmental coordinator for the Skokomish Tribe. He lives in Elma with his wife Kim, to whom he’s been married for 20 years, and son Jarred.
Caldwell is a Navy veteran, who owns Price & Price Real Estate, Inc. in Montesano. He’s a former Montesano Chamber “Man of the Year,” has been a member of the Lion’s Club for more than 40 years. with his wife Linda helps oversee the Forest C. and Ruth V. Kelsey Foundation, named after his late mentor, who owned Whitney’s, and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships.
Caldwell has been on the Port Commission for 12 years, serving two six-year terms. During his election six years ago, he ran unopposed. He’s the current chairman of the Port Commission.
So far, Figlar-Barnes has made his campaign almost entirely on hos opposition to bringing crude oil into the Port of Grays Harbor, utilizing existing rail lines that cut through the cities of Elma, Montesano and Aberdeen.
Caldwell says he trusts the permitting process to move the process through safely and says the regulations are strong to help prevent oil spills.
The port commissioner post pays $2,400.
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