Working Waterfront



What: Campaign Rally - With Speakers and Music

When: Thursday, May 23, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Where: Pope Marine Building, Port Townsend Waterfront

Pam Petranek has a strong response when people ask her why she is running for the District 1 Port of Port Townsend Commissioner position, “To support the strength and vitality of our maritime trades, our shared maritime heritage, our environment, and living wage jobs for this and future generations - and to insure that our Port facilities remain

accessible to the residents of Jefferson County.” Pam has also learned how critically important financial wellness is to the Port and she notes, “I will also ensure that sound financial management practices are in place, so that we can make decisions using timely and accurate information.”

Pam’s Bio

• Lifelong Washington resident

• Jefferson County resident since 2006

• 30+ years youth and adult teacher

• Commercial Fisherman

Pam is a commercial fisherman, an advocate for Jefferson County Marine Trades, a sailing captain and a teacher. She has enjoyed a lifetime of living, working, and playing on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Pam has three grown children, is a bicycle-riding marketing, sales, and fisherman for Cape Cleare Fishery, and is working with her life partner to restore a commercial sailing fishing troller.

Pam’s Leadership

• Secretary, Port Townsend Marine Trades Association (2016-present)

• Co-Coordinator of 2018 Jefferson County Marine Trades Economic Impact Study

• Citizen advocate for an accountable, accessible and sustainable Port

Pam’s work as an advocate and marine tradesperson has motivated her to spend the past several years preparing herself to serve as Port Commissioner. She wants to continue with the recent changes at the Port and build a collaborative team of staff and citizens to guide the Port of Port Townsend onward. Pam is excited to bring her knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to the Commission.

Pam’s Priorities for the Port

Pam understands that failure is not an option for our Port; it’s success is critical to Jefferson County’s local economy. $12.6 million of state and local taxes are generated by the marine trades (including moorage patrons) in Jefferson County, with $5.8 million returned to Jefferson County and the City of Port Townsend annually in tax revenue! These marine tradespeople spend $61 million in Jefferson County.

Equally important is continued public access to our Port facilities. The Port serves approximately 300 permanent moorage tenants, most of them local. Their love of boating provides the single greatest income stream for the Port in terms of moorage fees which supports our boat yard and maintenance of Port facilities that in turn supports the Marine trades. Pam wants to insure we maintain a Port that serves and remains accessible to Jefferson County residents.

Pam will build on the work of the past few years, and continue to develop an efficient, well-managed and financially sound Port.

Pam’s Priority Issues:

• Retain, support, and expand existing marine trades and small businesses

• Financial accountability and sound business practices

• Rebuild public trust with informed public debate

• Affordable community access to facilities, services and shorelines

• Environmental stewardship of land, sea and air

Pam will work to ensure our Port is… Accountable – Accessible - Sustainable

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