Illahee beats the Friday ferry-naming deadline

The deadline is Friday for submitting nomination packets to the state Transportation Commission to name the third Olympic-class ferry. So far, I know of three others besides Illahee, which you readers chose through a competition on this blog. I sent that to Olympia on Monday.
The other three are Suquamish, which was your second pick, Cowlitz and Sammamish.
Cowlitz and Sammamish are resubmissions from two years ago, when Tokitae and Samish were chosen. They’re the work of Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson and the city of Sammamish, according to those areas’ community newspapers.
Other finalists then were Ivar Haglund, Hoquiam and Muckleshoot. I haven’t heard anything about them, but it wouldn’t take much to resurrect them. Ivar, proffered by Seattle Times columnist and former Kitsap Sun reporter Ron Judd, stole the attention last time, but didn’t sway commissioners.
A key, according to the commission, is to show support from community and state leaders. We sought the backing of most of the area’s movers and shakers, including the Suquamish Tribe. We won’t be getting that one.
So far, the city of Bremerton is backing Illahee. Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, and Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, support both Illahee and Suquamish. The city of Bainbridge and Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, went with Suquamish. Both are good names. There’s still time get behind one of them.

The names will  go through a  review and public comment process and we’ll get the outcome at the commission’s Nov. 19 meeting in Lakewood.