Port of Edmonds Commissioner David Preston announced Sunday he is running for re-election to his District 2 seat.
“I am excited about the progress the port has made over the past decade and look forward to helping keep the port’s strong economic and environmental momentum going,” Preston said in an announcement.
Preston said he is proud of the benefits that the port brings “to our vibrant Edmonds/Woodway community. Our mission is to provide economic opportunity and promote tourism in an environmentally responsible manner. To that end, we maintain commercial buildings and an award-winning marina that bring in substantial public revenue and provides the base for hundreds of jobs.”
His priorities include improving stormwater quality before it discharges from port property into Puget Sound and the Edmonds Marsh, as well as enhancing waterfront tourism opportunities. “Look for an updated promenade, or what we call the Port-Walk,” Preston said. “The port has added new parking to provide better public access and will be looking at ways to add more.”
Preston pointed to several accomplishments during his tenure, including efforts to bring back the Sea Scouts program, which trains young people in boating and safety skills, and establishing the Sea Jazz summer program at the port’s central plaza, which showcases young musicians.
Preston said that making public policy “requires coming to the table with an open mind and commitment to listen while working with others to address real problems,” and he invites residents to share their ideas with him over coffee. “We can balance the tried and true with some new and improved ideas,” he said. “You have ideas also, and I want to hear them.”
Preston has lived in Edmonds since 1966, and he and his wife Tammy are raising their family here. He has coached Pacific Little League Baseball and for the past 12 years has been the Ski School Director at Leavenworth Winter Sports Club.
You can learn more at www.prestonforport.com.