Jorgensen to run for port commission

Published on Thu, Jul 10, 2003 by Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

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Jorgensen to run for port commission

By Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

Blaine resident Jim Jorgensen announced his candidacy for Port of Bellingham district 3 commissioner earlier this week.

�These are challenging times and I would like to work with the port director and commissioners to further enhance cooperation and planning between the port and local governments to stimulate economic development, bringing a new level of vitality to local business,� Jorgensen said.

Jorgensen, 63, taught science in the Blaine school district for more than 30 years and has owned and operated Jim�s Salmon Charter for the last 36 years. He currently sits on the city of Blaine wastewater advisory committee (CWAC) and Blaine-Birch Bay birding committee, and is an advisor to the city of Blaine parks board. In addition, he is the president of both the Marine Education Foundation and Puget Sound Anglers, a regional sport fishing group. He is also a trustee for the United Church of Christ in Blaine and a salmon advocate. Jorgensen is married to wife Patricia, has two children, one grandchild and another on the way.

He said his experience in business and education have honed his communication and listening skills � skills he feels are important to enhance understanding of the Port and the role it plays in county development. �The Olympics in 2010 are an exciting opportunity for the Port to provide leadership and vision for the future,� he said. �Working together with local communities, we can maximize the possibilities for local business growth. I want to be a part of the decision making that will impact our county�s future.�

Jorgensen would like to see smaller communities benefit from the port, as they all pay taxes. Jobs are important, he said, and creating them will be a focus. As for Blaine, Jorgensen believes there is an incredible amount of economic potential. �We have a great community and I believe we have several assets here that can provide economic growth.�

There are three districts within the port commission � NE, NW and South Whatcom. Port of Bellingham policy is established by a commission of three elected members, each serving four-year terms. Current commissioners are Ginny Benton, Scott Walker and Doug Smith. There is no official word if Benton, who serves District 3, will run for commissioner again.

Commission meetings are open to the public and held on the first Tuesday at 4 p.m. and the third Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Harbor Center Conference Room in Bellingham on Roeder Avenue. For more information call 676-2500 or visit www.port of bellingham.com