“It’s time for new leadership at the Port. We need a strong voice for the environment and family wage jobs, and we deserve transparency in the management of one of our most important economic assets.”

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About Ryan

Ryan Calkins is a business owner, nonprofit professional and lifelong Democrat active in progressive politics. For over ten years, Ryan ran an import company, working directly with shipping operations at the Port. He now works for Ventures, a nonprofit that supports low-income entrepreneurs as they start and grow their businesses. Prior to being in business, Ryan worked in Latin America for human rights and disaster relief nonprofits. Ryan and his wife Lindsay, an attorney, live in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood with their three children, the oldest enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. Ryan was born and raised in Edmonds.

"Ryan shares my commitment to supporting our immigrant and refugee communities, to fair pay and working conditions for our working families, and to improving our transportation infrastructure. As a leader, he promises to strengthen the relationship between the Port of Seattle and the City of Seattle so that we can make progress on the issues affecting our communities." Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez

"Ryan shares my commitment to supporting our immigrant and refugee communities, to fair pay and working conditions for our working families, and to improving our transportation infrastructure. As a leader, he promises to strengthen the relationship between the Port of Seattle and the City of Seattle so that we can make progress on the issues affecting our communities." Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez

"Ryan represents new leadership for the Port at a time when improved accountability to voters is sorely needed. He has proposed electing commissioners by district rather than five county-wide seats, which would ensure a more representative commission and help bring people closer to their government. Ryan is an advocate for our environment, for fair wages, and for shared prosperity for all members of our community. I enthusiastically endorse him for the Port Commission, and I hope King County voters will join me." Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez

"Ryan represents new leadership for the Port at a time when improved accountability to voters is sorely needed. He has proposed electing commissioners by district rather than five county-wide seats, which would ensure a more representative commission and help bring people closer to their government. Ryan is an advocate for our environment, for fair wages, and for shared prosperity for all members of our community. I enthusiastically endorse him for the Port Commission, and I hope King County voters will join me." Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez

"The Port of Seattle is a key driver for our regional economy, and Ryan is the kind of thoughtful leader we need at the table as we address issues of affordability and homelessness in our region. His passion for economic equity, environmental justice, and open government make him an excellent candidate for the Port Commission." State Representative Nicole Macri (D-43)

"The Port of Seattle is a key driver for our regional economy, and Ryan is the kind of thoughtful leader we need at the table as we address issues of affordability and homelessness in our region. His passion for economic equity, environmental justice, and open government make him an excellent candidate for the Port Commission." State Representative Nicole Macri (D-43)

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Article: "Calkins Believes It's Time for Change at the Port of Seattle" - Queen Anne News

Article: "Why the Port Commissioner Races Really Matter" - South Seattle Emerald

"Has the energy and ideas to make the Port Commission accountable" - The Stranger Endorsement

"A fresh, eco-conscious voice to add to a Commission that could definitely use another shove in that direction." The Seattle Weekly Endorsement

"Calkins brings the necessary experience and will usher in a change of values that ultimately will benefit the Port and the region. Vote Calkins" - The Urbanist

“Love this dude. He might come off as mild-mannered but he’s feisty and informed.” - Seattlish

 

Family wage jobs and the Port of Seattle

Day One: Launching

Small Business and Family Wage Jobs

Strong Voice for the Enviornment

Excerpt from GSBA Op-Ed, published July 24, 2017:

With just two weeks remaining before the August primary election, most people are busy with summer activities and don't have much time to consider local races. In particular, the Port of Seattle Commission races--three of the five seats are up this cycle--rank low on voters' priority list. I want to make a case for why the Port races deserve your attention. The Commission plays a critical role in Seattle's economy both in terms of the direct impact of nearly $1 billion dollars in annual revenue, and also in terms of the indirect benefits of a vibrant airport, healthy seaport, and booming tourism industry.
 
The Port is at an important crossroads. With the departure of its CEO earlier this year, the search is on for a new executive. And the incoming Port Commission has a responsibility to ensure that problems of the past (ethical transgressions, wrongful termination lawsuits, opaque contracting decisions) do not continue under new leadership. The Port of Seattle is a public agency, which requires a higher level of transparency and ethical standards than private enterprise.
 
At a time when the federal government is going backward on accessibility and inclusion, it's even more important for the Port of Seattle to be a safe and inclusive space. SeaTac airport is our region's front porch, and people of every race, nationality, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation must feel welcomed. As the regional nexus of immigration, SeaTac should be a sanctuary for immigrants and refugees, rather than one more obstacle to safety for those fleeing persecution, war, and famine. 
 
Finally, the Port of Seattle should be a key driver of small business development in the Greater Seattle area. With hundreds of retail opportunities, ongoing large-scale construction projects, and resources to support the training of the next generation of business leaders, the Port of Seattle has an obligation to ensure that the LGBTQ community has at least proportional representation in contracting and hiring. As a small business owner in the Georgetown neighborhood, I understand the challenges of securing work with large government agencies. The Port needs to expand its efforts to make sure that contracts are awarded to local small businesses, not just large, out-of-state conglomerates. 
 
As the recipient of more than $70 million dollars in property tax funds each year, the Port needs ethical and experienced leadership. During this election cycle, we have the opportunity to elect a commission with the integrity and background to carry the Port into the next generation. 

 

Endorsements

The Stranger

The Seattle Weekly

The Urbanist

King County Democrats

King County Young Democrats

5th District Democrats

11th District Democrats

31st District Democrats

32nd District Democrats

33rd District Democrats

34th District Democrats

36th District Democrats

37th District Democrats

41st District Democrats

43rd District Democrats

45th District Democrats

46th District Democrats

The Sierra Club

SEIU Local 6

SEIU Local 925

Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30

University of Washington Young Democrats

State Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D-37)

Marko Liias, State Senator (D-21)

Mia Gregerson, State Legislator (D-33)

Drew Hansen, State Legislator (D-23)

King County Councilmember Joe McDermott

King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci

Seattle City Councilmember M. Lorena Gonzalez

Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien

Brady Walkinshaw, Former State Legislator (D-43)

Jan Drago, Former King County and Seattle City Councilmember

Richard Conlin, Former Seattle City Councilmember

Former State Senator, Claudia Kauffman (D-47)

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes

Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts

Jennifer Gregerson, Mayor of Mukilteo

Molly Moon Neitzl, Civic Leader

Gabriel Scheer, Founder of Greendrinks

Zach Silk, President, Civic Action

Edie Gilliss, Civic Leader

Michael Beneke, Forterra*

Dan Shih, Civil Rights Advocate

Beto Yarce, Nonprofit Leader

M. Christopher Boyer, Lynnwood City Councilmember

Estevan Muñoz-Howard, Fair Elections Advocate

A full list of endorsements can be found here

 

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