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Justin Camarata is a software program manager who previously served as an interim member of the Tacoma City Council. He has also served the community in numerous organizations, including the Center for Urban Waters, Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board, and the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center Executive Board. Camarata is running for the Port of Tacoma Commissioner, Position 3 to create an equity strategy for the port, partner with the Puyallup Tribe on port issues, and move the port away from fossil fuels and towards green jobs. He recognizes the environmental disparities that low-income people face and wants to focus on hiring locally for port jobs and getting young people and new communities involved in port affairs.
Camarata is facing Frank Boykin and Deanna Keller. Boykin is an account manager with United Parcel Service. He has served as vice chair of the University Place Planning Commission as well as a leader in Tacoma's Black Collective, the Annie Wright School, Pierce College Foundation, and Washington’s Commission on African American Affairs. Boykin is running to increase the Port's engagement with the community, encourage responsible growth, and protect family-wage jobs. Keller is a Marine Corps veteran who is currently the CEO and President of Kel-Tech Plastics in Tacoma. She is focusing on modernizing facilities at the Port, creating family-wage jobs, and keeping the Port competitive in the region.
Camarata received the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partners, impressed our local volunteer council during his interview, and has the most progressive campaign platform among the three candidates. Camarata is the best choice for Port of Tacoma Commissioner, Position 3.
Attorney Kristin Ang is running for Port of Tacoma Commissioner, Position 5 to build a sustainable vision for industry at the port alongside the sub-area plan. She seeks to protect community health and the environment by reducing noise and air pollution, improving water quality, and increasing shore power technology. Ang opposes the port's property tax and supports pressing businesses to clean up their share of pollution, developing a comprehensive public engagement plan, and working with tribes, businesses, and local government to create shared agendas for the port.
Ang is running against Dave Bryant and Shelly Schlumpf. Bryant is a Navy veteran who wants to optimize the loading and offloading of goods with surface transportation, update infrastructure, and take measurable steps to clean the environment in alignment with shipping companies. Schlumpf is the former president and CEO of the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce; she currently runs a consulting business. She ran as a Republican for Representative of the 25th District in 2012. Schlumpf's campaign is centered on business retention and job creation.
Ang is the best choice in this race.
Linda Farmer is a communications professional who has worked with the Washington State Puget Sound Action Team, the Pierce County Library System, and the City of Tacoma. She is currently on the Community Advisory Board for KNKX. She plans to leverage her experience to tackle issues of homelessness and mental health, expand parks, broaden the tax base, and improve roads.
Farmer is running in a crowded field against Ken Witkoe, Ria Johnson, Malcolm Russell, Wilbert Pina, and Chas. Ames. Witkoe is a former commissioned reserve officer for Lakewood and an instructor at Bates Technical College who wants to improve economic growth through improving infrastructure and investing in public safety. Johnson, a registered Republican as of last year, has served on numerous community boards, including Hope Northwest, United Way of Pierce County, and Community Health Care. Russell has also served on various community boards but ran as a Republican for Legislature. Pina, who works with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and served on DSHS' diversity and inclusion efforts, is prioritizing increasing affordable housing and implementing debt-forgiveness programs, but hasn't fundraised yet for his campaign as of mid-July. Ames is running for just one term on the council to "change the scourge of politics" and is not fundraising for his campaign.
Farmer is the best choice for Lakewood City Council, Position 6 because of her progressive values, long record of public service, and strong community support.