A five-member Port of Bremerton commission?


Expanding the Port of Bremerton board of commissioners from three members to five members is an emerging topic sure to move quickly to center stage this summer.

Commission President Bill Mahan informally brought up the idea to his colleagues at a meeting last week. It goes under study next month. But the port commission would have get the proposal to the county auditor by Aug. 10 for it to make it on the Nov. 2 general-election ballot. That’s not much time. That conceivably could be followed by redistricting.

Mahan said he made the suggestion to foster better discussion on huge issues, and to make the commission work a little smoother. Having five commissioners also would allow residents in rural areas like Seabeck and Olalla to have as much say in their vote as the more numerous voters in cities like Bremerton and Port Orchard, he said.

Only a few port commissions in Washington have five members — it has to be either three or five. They include Seattle, Tacoma, Anacortes, Edmonds and Orcas Island. That’s out of 75 port districts in Washington.

The Port of Everett is considering expanding to 5.

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Rachel Pritchett

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