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Hometown environmental advocate takes plunge into Seattle port commission race

Fred Felleman has spent a career holding the feet of a host of public agencies to the fire.

Now, the part-time San Juan Island resident, a renowned maritime industry watchdog and former member of the Whale Museum Board of Directors, is seeking to join one of the many public agencies that he’s gone to the mat against in the past, and in a position of oversight, no less.

Felleman is one of nine candidates vying for an open seat on the Seattle Port Commission, which oversees the Port of Seattle, a $9 billion a year enterprise. He announced his candidacy for commission post No. 5, May 15.

“I am running for port commissioner to improve the transparency, accountability, and ecological integrity for all port decisions,” Felleman said. “As a port commissioner, I will ensure that environmental considerations are integrated into our decision-making to further the health and prosperity of King County residents and that of Puget Sound.”

Felleman has long history of both challenging and collaborating with Seattle port authorities. He worked to ensure that construction and operation of the port’s new cruise ship terminal was environmentally sound. That effort resulted in the addition of utilities to ensure cruise ships could plugged into port power supplies rather than burn fuel at the dock.

Earlier, he worked with state lawmakers, the port and cruise ship industry on an agreement that stopped cruise ships from discharging partially treated sewage or “grey water” into Washington state waters.

In addition, Felleman served on the finance board of the port’s “Century Agenda,” an economic growth plan aimed at adding 100,000 jobs to the region in the next 10 years and reducing the port’s environmental footprint as well.

“As port commissioner, I am particularly committed to protecting the working waterfront and the high-paying jobs it provides,” Felleman said.

An environmental consultant by trade, Felleman’s clients include local and tribal governments, as well as national and local environmental groups. He believes the recent outcry over the port’s involvement with a Shell oil rig demonstrates that it could do a better job in representing the public and its constituents.

“Given the recent events with the Shell oil rig, the port needs to be more attuned to the values of King county residents as it seeks to market the port as a ‘Green Gateway’.”

As a candidate for position No. 5, Felleman is running for one of two positions up for election on the Seattle port commission this year. In each race, the top two vote-getters in the Aug. 4 primary will advance to the November general election.

For more about Felleman, visit his campaign website.

— Scott Rasmussen

 

Original article: http://www.sanjuanjournal.com/lifestyle/305233071.html

 

 

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