I am really confused and perplexed by Port Commissioner Caldwell’s opponent who seems to feel he has all the answers and solutions to the issues the Port is exploring to keep the Harbor moving forward. Does he think the Port is not pursuing any and every possible option to bring long term economic growth to Grays Harbor? The only one he seems to be fixated on is the possibility of crude oil by rail, which of course has NOT yet been permitted and therefore is not a “done deal.” It seems to me that if he has the answers, and as a biologist I am sure he is well educated, why hasn’t he attended Port meetings? In fact, to my knowledge and according to his own brochure, I do not see anything which indicates, he has ever been involved in any community service to help Grays Harbor grow and/or move forward. Well, I have news for him, this position is extremely time consuming and most of it uncompensated.
This position is certainly not a glamorous one nor is it done for money, because our Port Commissioners receive a small compensation for their efforts while other elected officials receive a living wage “salary”. Each Port Commissioner cares deeply about Grays Harbor and how we can effectively move into the future, increasing our economic development while keeping our environment safe, clean and yet provide employment for those already living here or who would like to move here. Each of these Commissioners is in a position where he can be available whenever a need arises. When you look at where the Port was a few years ago and how far the Port has come in the past 12 years it is pretty amazing!
I have witnessed first-hand the amount of time Commissioner Caldwell (and both the other two commissioners) puts into this position and how much time it takes away from his office and his family. People continuously stop by the office to talk with him regarding a concern or issue at the Port. He always stops what he is doing and gives them his attention, no matter how long it takes. Then, of course, there are the unplanned and unexpected times (usually several a week) when he must make time to go down to the port for any number of reasons and the many, many evenings when he is required to either attend a committee meeting or meet with potential customers for the Port. At least four times a year, there are three-day conferences, out of town, he needs to attend. When out for a drive somewhere on the harbor, he always makes a point of checking on what is happening in any particular area — it doesn’t even have to be in his district, but he keeps an eye on what is going on all around the Harbor.
Mr. Figler-Barnes has one issue, oil, yet he has never had time to “join with” the port and use his educational knowledge to explore all the options available, so how is he going to effectively represent his district and the Harbor when his agenda is focused only on stopping the possibility of Crude By Rail? He doesn’t even work on the Harbor so how would he have the time to be available to his constituents who want to stop by and express concerns or ask questions?
Please look at the facts; look at where the Port was in 2001 and where it is today. Do you want to move backward or forward? When you review the facts you will be certain you have made the best choice when you re-elect Chuck Caldwell Port Commissioner. Remember, this vote is not just for the East County folks; everyone in Grays Harbor has the opportunity to cast his or her vote for this position and every vote counts Contact Commissioner Caldwell at www.caldwellforprogress.com.