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Jim Orvis to seek another term as Port commissioner


Last updated 5/15/2019 at Noon

Jim Orvis

Port of Edmonds Commissioner Jim Orvis announced Friday, May 3, that he will seek another term.

Orvis’s vice-president, commissioner at-large position expires at the end of the year. That means both commission incumbents whose terms are up will run for reelection.

He joins David Preston, who represents District 2, who in March announced his intention to seek another term.

The terms of Commissioners Angela Harris, Bruce Fairies and Steve Johnston expire at the end of 2021.

“It has been an honor to serve on the Port of Edmonds Commission,” Orvis said in a news release.

“Over the last several years, we have worked hard to enhance the waterfront, providing an attractive place for citizens to visit while attracting boaters from all over the Salish Sea. These visitors support Edmonds’ shops and frequent our fine restaurants. They create jobs that benefit the community as a whole.”

Orvis, first elected to the Port in 2003, is a retired Navy officer who earned a bachelor’s at Missouri Valley College and a master’s at Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and Staff College and U.S. Naval War College.

“We have developed a financial plan that ensures maintenance and repair to the marina and Harbor Square, and ensures reserves which permit capital replacement of ‘big ticket’ items when they fail, without the need to increase taxes,” Orvis said.

“We have been an environmental leader. We have invested several million dollars in Harbor Square. Roofs have been replaced with environmentally friendly material, and HVAC units are being replaced with more energy efficient models, parking lot drains all have filters, and lighting is being replaced with energy efficient LED equipment.

“A leader in wastewater/stormwater treatment with our state of the art pressure washing facility and boatyard, the Port is now experimenting with water treatment equipment in stormwater drains.”

Orvis is a volunteer for the Edmonds Arts Festival, an Economic Alliance Snohomish County

board member, and sailing team coach and board member of the Blue and Gold Foundation for the University of Washington Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.

“If elected, I will continue to bring strong leadership to the Edmonds Port Commission as we maintain a Port committed to enhancing the community and promoting a strong business climate, while pursuing the environmental goals our community has embraced.”

Both Orvis and Preston do not face any competition. The deadline for public office for the August primary and November general election is May 17.


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