STOP, LOOK, LISTEN
Remember those three words that your parents used to tell you before crossing the street, or maybe the railroad tracks? Well, maybe its time to revisit those words in relevance to the upcoming Port Commissioner race.
Stop… making this election about oil. This election should not be about bringing in oil or not. It should be about which candidate has the most experience and best track record to continue helping the Port and Grays Harbor progress. One person is not going to be able to bring oil or stop oil. It will take the group as a whole to make this work either way, and we currently have a group of Commissioners that have been doing an outstanding job. Their track record proves that to be the case.
Look… at the facts. In the past 12 years, the current commissioners, including Chuck Caldwell, have made a real difference. In 2001, the Port only averaged around 12 ships per year with only about 26 longshoremen working. In 2013, it is projected that approximately 102 ships will call at the Port with approximately 126 longshoremen working. The Port is now the largest exporter of cars and soybean on the West Coast and we now have one of the largest bio-diesel plants in the U.S. The Westport Marina has re-bounded back to being one of the largest seafood landing ports in the state and 13th in the nation. Thanks to the vision and hard work of our current commissioners, we now have over $200 million in private investments on Port property and have increased employment to over 1000. All this means more jobs and more dollars back into our communities.
Listen… to what Grays Harbor is saying. We need jobs. Jobs don’t come without progress. Progress won’t happen without growth. Let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane and see what Chuck Caldwell has been a part of since he took office in 2002. In 2003, AGP Inc. constructed and now operates their bulk ship loading facility. In 2007, Imperium Grays Harbor constructed the nation’s largest bio-diesel plant. In 2008, Ocean Cold Seafoods constructs cold storage facility in Westport, Willis Enterprises relocates wood chip operations and begins barge shipments. In 2009, The Pasha Group signs a joint marketing agreement to export vehicles to Pacific Markets, Westway Terminal Co. builds bulk facility, Dkoram Inc. returns log exports to the Port. There have been many more changes, but as you can see, Chuck Caldwell has been a part of helping increase the jobs market by close to 1,000 new jobs. Can his opponent say the same thing? Heck, he doesn’t even make his living in Grays Harbor and if he has his way, he will decrease jobs by eliminating the oil related industries already here. Think about it. It’s not an election for oil; it’s an election for progress and growth. You decide.