Commissioner Pos. 2
PCYD's Endorse Noah Davis
Both candidates running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
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Do you support Sanctuary Status for the area you would represent? Please explain.
Yes. Port of Tacoma Police should not be stopping visitors or workers for the purpose of asking any question relating to immigration status. During a legitimate Terry or other stop, if immigration status comes up, Port of Police shall hold undocumented persons nor forward immigration status concerns to ICE or other federal immigration authorities. I support the Port as a sanctuary “city”.
Yes. This would not be applicable to Port properties. Port security is responsible for ensuring compliance with Homeland Security.
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)
Will review and update response.
Editor's Note: Noah Davis updated his response through an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org on Jun 14. Here is the updated response:
Re Initiative 1552, i'm definitely opposed to that initiative. no question about it.
The concern that i'm hearing from the community, especially females, is that they are concerned at men using "open" bathrooms as an opportunity to spy on women in bathrooms and showers and other private areas. They are worried about their children too. (And understandably, there will be people that would do this) No one has made any attack on any transgender or transitioning person, but they are afraid of that all bathrooms and private areas are becoming unisex -- or at the least, uncomfortable when persons that appear to be men come into their areas and watch them change (under the pretense that that person is transitioning)
Transgender and transitioning persons should also not be made to feel uncomfortable, or forced to pick their genetic gender (though for some people that's not always clear either).
It sounds like we are going to need more and more private change areas so that everyone has the option to use the bathroom, change area that they feel most comfortable. it is not possible in every situation, but where possible, it needs to be done.
And, as for the immigration related issue, i'm sorry I didn't talk to you more about this, as maybe I didn't understand the question, but my position is very clear on this one (and I spoke to others about it last night)....The Port must be a sanctuary "city". This is especially important given that the USCIS detention center is in the port and given that each day there are hundreds of people that come to visit, camp out and stay waiting for their loved ones (or else supporting the innocent immigrants imprisoned inside)....and they are scared....they are scared that they too will be targeted.
The Port must not assist ICE in checking ID's, detaining immigrants or cooperating with the feds in turning over suspected unlawful immigrants. I'm more than #HereToStay, I'm #FullResist on this one.
ANY and ALL discrimination is wrong.
Goals & Needs of Constituency
If you could achieve three accomplishments in your coming term, what would they be?
1. Bring a substantial number of clean energy tenants to the Port (and with them, hundreds and hundreds of new jobs).
2. Suspend the LNG storage tank construction and steer it to a non-populated area;
3. Put Pierce County residents first by ensuring that Port emissions do not negatively affect the health and economic success of Tacoma and Pierce county.
I will continue to work towards growing more family wage jobs in a safe and clean environment. I will also work with both state and federal law makers to secure funds for our infrastructure to meet the needs of our community.
What are the top five needs of your constituency?
1. Safety (Residents want to make sure the Port does not endanger their safety with decisions such as locating the ticking time bomb that is LNG storage tank on the tideflats.
2. Health (Tacoma and Pierce County no longer accept pollution at the levels they have been).
3. Jobs (We need to keep the number of jobs we have and then increase the number of livable wage jobs at the Port).
4. Economy - How can the three priorities above actually stimulate the PC economy;
5. Roads and Traffic. The port needs to do its fair share in paying for infrastructure and not clogging up traffic in and around downtown Tacoma, Fife and NE Tacoma.
While our community grows, the demands for employment in a clean and safe environment are a top priority. Investment in our terminals and infrastructure to ensure the flow of cargo is also a top priority. Working with both main line railroads is a high priority as over 70% of all import containers move to the Midwest and East Coast.
Connecting with Young People
How do you plan to involve the voices and needs of young people?
We (the young people) are the voices that are tired of the same old Port. We demand more of the Port, more safety, less pollution and more jobs. We know we can do better.
I plan to reach out through social media, the Port's webpage, and by listening to young people at union meetings and on the docks to hear their concerns.
Do you have any plans for improving police-minority relations? Please explain your response.
Yes. The Port Police must be a diverse police force and must enforce the laws non-discriminately. There will be little, if any, tolerance for any discriminatory actions of the Police force.
The Port Commission has no jurisdiction over local police.
How will you advocate for the homeless population? Including in regards to city camp sweeps and voting rights?
There may be Port property that can house more permanent homeless encampments. Walden Three?
Although this question is not applicable to my campaign and position, I plan to grow family wage jobs. This will result in putting more people to work.
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.
No. I support Net Neutrality, but I’m not sure if that is an issue for the Port. If it is, then I would certainly advocate neutrality.
Yes. This is not a jurisdiction The Port can influence.
How would you protect people in your area from having their info sold through ISP?
The Port’s contracts should include provisions preventing ISPs operating in/through the Port from selling personal information.
The Port does not and will not sell personal information.
Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants
Are you an incumbent to this position?
Do you have any staff from PCYDs currently working or volunteering for you? If so, what are their names?
What consultants for this current campaign have you worked/collaborated with?
None at this time.