Ken Bell to run for Port of Bellingham Commissioner District 2
Elected Experience: Port Commissioner 2017-Present: Whatcom County Planning Commissioner: Whatcom County Charter Review Commissioner: Economic Development Investment Board: Small Cities Partnership
Other Professional Experience: President of Iron Creek Group soil clean-up company, Owner Best Recycling Inc. waste management company operated in Antarctica, Alaska, Greenland and the Continental US: Owner Bell Development Corporation – Office building
Education: Graduate Wasson High School Colorado Springs, CO, Graduate BA Biological Science from Colorado State University 1981,
Community Service: Board member and chairman Step Denver homeless/treatment center 1986-2018. Board member Whatcom Business Alliance: Silver Beach Neighborhood Association: Bellingham Mayors Neighborhood Advisory Council: Sponsor of Whatcom Hospice:
I am running for a second term to continue the work this commission has already accomplished.
We expanded public access to the Port! Since development on the waterfront had languished, we began adding amenities, a pump track and a container retail village. We have constructed a Fisherman’s Pavilion and are working on a boat launch for Fairhaven. A landmark agreement with the Lummi tribe gave them moorage for fishing boats and gave the Port needed infrastructure repairs. The Port will soon be operating with 100% renewable energy.
Economic Development: We landed Southwest Airlines and look forward to expanding business at our airport. We added high wage jobs in Blaine harbor, the Seaview Boatyard in Squalicum and the Fairhaven Industrial Marine Facility. We spent $25 million on cleanup projects. We helped add jobs to a solar panel industry, an electric bus company and a manufactured home company. Broadband will be county-wide soon, because of this Commission. All this was accomplished without raising taxes.
My next term will be more of the same. My priorities will always include increased access to Port assets, marine trades, and civil cooperation with all stakeholders.
Ken is married to DeeDee and has two daughters.
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