Over the last 60 years, I have spent considerable time in Grays Harbor. My grandmother and parents owned property in the Harbor. As a child, the best summer I ever had was running free on the beaches of Grayland and Westport, digging clams and enjoying seafood from the local dock.
I have witnessed Grays Harbor residents experience change and tough times. A major positive change over the past decade is the steady revitalization at the Port of Grays Harbor resulting in your port being named Washington State Port of the Year in 2011.
As a voter, you have the opportunity to re-elect Chuck Caldwell to the Grays Harbor Port Commission and keep the Port and Grays Harbor moving forward creating prosperity. Don’t be swayed by political rhetoric or pandering.
Your busy thriving port, the largest exporter of cars and soy bean meal on the West Coast, and the Westport Marina, the 13th largest seafood landing port in the nation, are evidence of Caldwell’s vision and leadership.
I encourage you to compare the accomplishments and long standing commitment to public service in Grays Harbor of both candidates. Chuck Caldwell continues to be a prominent voice in community affairs and volunteer programs. He has served as chairman of the Montesano School Board, is a former member of the Grays Harbor County Planning Commission, Co-founder and President of Friends Landing and President of the Kelsey Foundation, offering scholarships to Grays Harbor residents.
A lot rests on your decision on Nov. 5. Keep your port and county moving forward by re-electing Chuck Caldwell Grays Harbor Port Commissioner.