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Welcome to the Fuse Progressive Voters Guide to the 2021 primary election! The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. You can learn about our partners and decision-making process here. Please share this guide with your friends and family!

Port of Tacoma

Port of Tacoma, Port Commissioner, Position #2

  • Employment specialist Elizabeth Pew is running for Port of Tacoma, Position 2. Pew serves the community as a legislative district caucus delegate, a precinct committee officer, and a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission. She has pledged not to accept any fossil fuel money during her campaign and has earned an impressive roster of progressive endorsements.

    Pew has a progressive vision that includes responsible environmental stewardship, economic development that doesn’t leave anyone behind, and a collaborative, efficient, and reliable working port. She wants to make sure that the port is responsive to community members and voters first and foremost, as opposed to corporate interests.

    We recommend Pew for new leadership that will prioritize sustainability at the Port of Tacoma.

    Elizabeth Pew

    Submitted by alexwhite on Wed, 07/21/2021 - 13:22

    Employment specialist Elizabeth Pew is running for Port of Tacoma, Position 2. Pew serves the community as a legislative district caucus delegate, a precinct committee officer, and a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission.

  • Incumbent Commissioner Dick Marzano is running to retain Port of Tacoma, Position 2. Marzano was first elected commissioner in 1995 and serves on the executive committee for the Puget Sound Regional Council. Before his career in public service, Marzano spent 52 years working in Tacoma as a longshoreman and was also the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23.

    If re-elected, Marzano wants to continue prioritizing environmental protection and job creation. With his background as a longshoreman, Marzano knows that the two issues are connected and that those who live and work near the port are directly affected by its environmental impact. However, Marzano has not been supportive of protecting our communities from pollution from the proposed LNG facility. 

    Also in this race is Jeannette Twitty. Twitty has a strong social justice focus, articulating her approach to port responsibilities through the lenses of workers’ rights, equity, and environmental stewardship. If elected, Twitty wants to promote living wage job creation, economic development, environmental health, marine trade through land acquisition, and partnerships with local organizations.

    Dick Marzano

    Submitted by import on Wed, 06/30/2021 - 13:49

    Incumbent Commissioner Dick Marzano is running to retain Port of Tacoma, Position 2. Marzano was first elected commissioner in 1995 and serves on the executive committee for the Puget Sound Regional Council.

  • Endorsed By: Pierce County Central Labor Council

Port of Tacoma, Port Commissioner, Position #4

  • Firefighter and veteran Brian Duthie is running for Port of Tacoma, Position 4. Duthie is a community leader who also serves on the board of Washington State Council of Firefighters Burn Foundation. He is a solid Democrat who has opposed Republican candidates in prior races with the support of progressive organizations.

    Duthie is running to bring progressive values like workers’ rights, environmental stewardship, and community-focused economic investments to the port. Specifically, he wants to advance sustainable infrastructure, care for the local ecosystem and curtail pollution, expand living-wage union jobs, and make the port a destination. If elected, Duthie will make sure that the decisions made by the port will be in the best interest of everyone who lives and works nearby.

    In this crowded race, Duthie is the best choice to bring a strong, progressive voice to the port, and he deserves your vote for Port of Tacoma, Position 4.

    Brian Duthie

    Submitted by import on Wed, 06/30/2021 - 13:49

    Firefighter and veteran Brian Duthie is running for Port of Tacoma, Position 4. Duthie is a community leader who also serves on the board of Washington State Council of Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Port of Tacoma, Position #4

Other Candidates

Duthie faces a long list of opponents in this race. Incumbent commissioner Don Meyer is running to retain the Position 4 seat he assumed after first being elected in 2010. Before that, Meyer served as the deputy director of the Port of Tacoma and the executive director of the Foss Waterway Development Authority. If re-elected, he wants to continue pursuing a more conservative agenda focused on regaining container market share lost to Canada. Meyer states that he wants to modernize terminals and waterways, but also intends to limit revenue, putting many improvements beyond reach.

Also in this race is Mary Bacon, an environmental scientist, health physicist, and veteran. Bacon also served as the elected president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 12. If elected, she hopes to address traffic congestion in and around the port, help foster greater economic growth, and ensure environmental stewardship that protects the unique estuarine ecosystem.

Four candidates in this race lack the community leadership and elected experience to mount a strong campaign. Scott Lewis is a registered nurse and former legal assistant who is running in order to strike a balance between the environmental and economic impact of the port. Nirav Sheth is a local business owner, veteran, and former Lakewood police officer who is running to bring a business perspective to the port in order to create jobs, protect the natural environment, provide greater veteran employment opportunities, and keep the operating budget low. Christian (C.J.) Dylina is a navy veteran and M.R.I. technologist at St. Joseph Hospital. Dylina offered contradictory information in the Pierce County Voters' Guide that draws concern about his commitment to environmental stewardship. Mario Rivera does technical support work and is a former franchise business owner and current Little League Baseball coach. Having worked as a longshoreman briefly, Rivera believes he can offer a fresh perspective to the port in order to achieve environmental protections and create jobs.

There are two final candidates -- Christopher Pierce and c bey el -- who have not provided any information to the Pierce County Voters' Guide and have no real presence in this campaign.

Puyallup City Council

Puyallup City Council, District #2, Position #2

  • Davida Haygood is a community leader, mentor, organizer, and educator who is running for Puyallup City Council, District 2, Position 2. Haygood has served with a number of local organizations, namely the Two-Way Racial Healing Project, the City of Puyallup Design Review & Historic Preservation board, and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR). She works as a professor and interim director of education at Pierce College.

    If elected, Haygood wants to draw on her leadership background to focus on anti-racism and social justice, equitable economic advancement, voter registration, Indigenous self-determination, and environmental justice. She hopes to work closely with the Puyallup Tribal Council on community issues and environmental stewardship. With her extensive and meaningful community involvement, Haygood is committed to the values of inclusion and reconciliation in Puyallup.

    There has been discussion of Haygood's eligibility to run based on her two-year residency less than a mile outside of Puyallup city limits. Haygood stated that attorneys have advised her that she does meet the qualifications since she has lived for twelve years within city limits and temporarily rented for only those two years, while continuing to work in and send her kids to school in the city. The Pierce County Elections committee confirmed that she lived in-district during the time of her filing and that any challenges to her eligibility would occur after the general election. 

    While we continue to monitor any developments on this issue, we still recommend Haygood because of her progressive values and commitment to the community.

    Davida Haygood

    Davida Haygood is a community leader, mentor, organizer, and educator who is running for Puyallup City Council, District 2, Position 2.

  • Joe Colombo is an elected precinct committee officer in Pierce County and the founder of Indivisible Puyallup.

    Colombo serves on the City of Puyallup Design Review & Historic Preservation board and has worked in IT in project management and facilitation. He brings both community leadership and political experience to his campaign. In this race, Colombo is prioritizing pedestrian safety, affordable housing, economic vitality, equity and diversity, disability accommodations, and community-focused government spending. He has stated that his first objective would be to form an equity and ethics commission that brings Puyallup citizens together to work on making the city better for all residents.

    Joe Colombo

    Joe Colombo is an elected precinct committee officer in Pierce County and the founder of Indivisible Puyallup.

Other Candidates

Challenging Haygood and Colombo is Dennis King, a Puyallup Civil Service Commissioner, real estate agent, and business owner. King has yet to release campaign priorities but he emphasizes his business background and boasts one endorsement from the Puyallup Police Association. He seems to have a conservative economic agenda with a critique of both government support systems and new taxes that would help to balance our upside-down tax code.