Port of Tacoma

Commissioner Pos. 1

PCYD's Endorse John McCarthy

Two candidates running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Eric Holdeman
John McCarthy

One candidate did not respond to our questionnaire:
Jim Jensen Primaried Out
This candidate has chosen to not participate in our Voter's Guide. Please refer to your Official Pierce County Voter's Guide information.
In addition, according to the News Tribune, Jensen has decided to drop out of the race.

Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on your ballot.
There was a primary for this office.
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Sanctuary Status

Do you support Sanctuary Status for the area you would represent? Please explain.

Eric Holdeman

No

No. It is a sorry state of affairs when our cities feel they need to protect themselves from our Federal Laws and actions, recognizing the Sanctuary City movement grew under the Obama Administration. We need to protect all people, immigrants included. I would like to have a society where government is trusted at all levels--it might be hard in our current culture, but that is what I will strive for.

John McCarthy

Yes

Yes. In general I support this concept, however, I would represent all of Pierce County since the Port of Tacoma district is County-wide. Therefore, this question may not be applicable to my race and the santuary status issue is not something that the Port is charged with determining.

PCYD & WA Democrats Resolutions

What resolutions from PCYDs or the WA Democrat State Party do you align with?
(PCYD: Decline to Sign I-1552, Petition: Tacoma City Council: Protect Undocumented Immigrants #HereToStay)

Eric Holdeman

I'm not familiar with these.

John McCarthy

Most of those resolutions are not something that is applicable to a public port district. However, I am in favor of declining to sign 1552 and in general protecting undocumented immigrants.

Goals & Needs of Constituency

If you could achieve three accomplishments in your coming term, what would they be?

Eric Holdeman

(1) I would like to restore trust in government, starting with the Port of Tacoma.
(2) Bring true transparency to the dealings of the Port of Tacoma and
(3) bring about term limits for port commissioners. People get elected and stay in office too long. 20 years or more for three of the five commissioners on the commission today.

John McCarthy

Not applicable to the position of Tacoma Port Commissioner

What are the top five needs of your constituency?

Eric Holdeman

We need good paying blue collar jobs and to do that we need to protect the industrial area that the tideflats is today. It is not a given we'll have a maritime port due to competition from other ports. We need to remain competitive via innovation. I believe everyone needs to go home after a day of work, alive and well, thus safety should not be a slogan, but a reality and an emphasis for the Port and its workers. As noted in my earlier response, restoring trust in government and promoting transparency will be a big step in that direction. Lastly, we need to have good environmental stewardship of our land, air, and water. We can fix past mistakes and keep from creating new ones.

John McCarthy

1) Jobs. Growing good livable wage jobs in strong working waterfront while improving a world class international clean maritime-industrial Port.
2) Safety. Ensuring the safety of the people who live and work in and near our Port while building the public’s confidence in the Port and its operations.
3) Environment. Continuing to protect and enhance the environment, fisheries clean air, and clean water, with responsible environmental conservation and mitigation.
4) Working to secure the enhanced shipping activity through the Regional Port Alliance while protecting the assets of the Port of Tacoma.
5) The Port must also improve its communications, public relations, and relationships with its surrounding neighbors and the greater community, to ensure that the public is better informed about the activities ongoing and proposed at the Port; while doing a better job listening to its neighbors and articulating a clear plan for progress which incorporates the best interests of the community and the environment. Ultimately, The Port must engage the public in a way which sincerely addresses legitimate concerns, while building the public’s confidence in the Port’s ability to protect our community and our environment.

Connecting with Young People

How do you plan to involve the voices and needs of young people?

Eric Holdeman

I am a big user of social media, blogging; LinkedIn; Twitter. I'll use those extensively to communicate and also look to have a two way communication with others.

John McCarthy

I will work directly with the local and state party to create a system for receiving feedback and counsel on any major decision. I will also make sure to have regular meetings with young rcommunity members to ensure I remain well apprised of the issues that matter to youth and students. I want to have a strong working relationship with young local party members to maintain a network that can help me make the best decisions possible for all Port stakeholders. In addition, the Port should consider appointing some citizen advisory committees to ensure an efficient and substantive process for incorporating public input into Port decisions.

Police-Minority Relations

Do you have any plans for improving police-minority relations? Please explain your response.

Eric Holdeman

No

No. This is not a function of being a Port Commissioner. It is appropriate that the Port of Tacoma Patrol should be respective of all people, no matter their race. However, they do not have police authority.

John McCarthy

No

No. This is not applicable to the responsibilities of a Port Commissioner. We have no jurisdiction over police conduct.

Homelessness

How will you advocate for the homeless population? Including in regards to city camp sweeps and voting rights?

Eric Holdeman

Not part of the Port Commissioner race

John McCarthy

The Port does not have jurisdiction over homelessness policy. However, we do strive to provide union-backed family-wage jobs to people of all backgounds and income levels.

Net Neutrality & Internet Privacy

Would you advocate for Net Neutrality on a Federal Level? Please explain your response.
Note: There was an error when creating the questionnaire that originally required a 2250 character response. Any additional characters candidates added as filler only have been removed.

Eric Holdeman

Yes

Yes. Big companies should not reign over the average consumer.

John McCarthy

Yes

Yes. Generally, I respect the rights of all people to have access to the internet, but this is not applicable to any policy area within Port jurisdiction.

How would you protect people in your area from having their info sold through ISP?

Eric Holdeman

Not familiar with that issue.

John McCarthy

This is not applicable to the Port.

Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants

Are you an incumbent to this position?

Eric Holdeman

No

John McCarthy

No

Do you have any staff from PCYDs currently working or volunteering for you? If so, what are their names?

Eric Holdeman

No

No

John McCarthy

Yes

Campaign Manger, James Rolph

What consultants for this current campaign have you worked/collaborated with?

Eric Holdeman

Archway Consulting LLC

John McCarthy

Sarah Rumbaugh, fundraising
We have consulted with other professionals who have worked with my wife and I in the past. My wife was ellected as the Democratic State Auditor last year. Previously she was the Democratice Pierce County Executive and Auditor for many years.