Port of Tacoma

Commissioner Pos. 4

PCYD's Endorse Kristin Ang

Both candidates running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Kristin Ang
Don Meyer

Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on your ballot.
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Sanctuary Status

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

Kristin Ang

Yes

Yes. These aggressive immigration enforcement policies is counterproductive and plain harassment towards immigrant communities. These diverse communities contribute to our county. We want to encourage immigration populations to work with law enforcement without fear of deportation. Aggressive enforcement simply fills up the detention centers making their corporate owners wealthier. The immigration courts are already backlogged. A lot of these cases will qualify for relief, but not before using court resources and cause suffering on immigrant families. If their case does not qualify, families will be separated.

Don Meyer

Yes

Yes. I was born and raised on a farm and still have an interest in agricultural issues and this is a big one. I believe we must get past punishment discussion on undocumented workers and recognize we need a pathway to recognize their contribution to and the role they play in our economy. We need to get them to a lawful citizenship status like some form of community service for a limited period of time. This excludes any persons involved in criminal activity.

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)

Kristin Ang

I am against discrimination.

Don Meyer

Creating family wage jobs is a priority for me.

Goals & Needs of Constituency

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

Kristin Ang

1) Environmental stewardship and sustainability.
2) Change the culture at the Port to foster genuine transparency and high public engagement.
3) Prioritize the health and safety of Pierce County residents.

Don Meyer

Grow family wage jobs in Pierce County by 5%, right-size our maritime terminals to accommodate larger vessels and adopt a sustainable policy with a focus on clean air, clean water and no export of fossil fuels on port land..

What are the top five needs of your constituency?

Kristin Ang

1) Restore trust in government, particularly the Port Commission.
2) Constituents want to be heard and have a say on the development of public lands.
3) Health and Safety -reduction in pollution and the moving away from fossil fuel industry exports and high impact projects.
4) Jobs
5) Improvement and investment in infrastructure at the Port and the roads.

Don Meyer

Good paying jobs, good schools, access to educational opportunities after high school, affordable housing and adequate transportation systems

Connecting with Young People

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

Kristin Ang

1) Social Media
2) Public forums / speaking engagements at schools and organizations.
3) Student internships and job fairs.

Don Meyer

One way is to participate in job fairs targeted specifically to high school students. I will continue to be a major supporter of the Sea Scouts and educational programming in the Seaport Museum. Student internships are also a great way to get involved in the maritime industry.

Police-Minority Relations

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

Kristin Ang

No

No. I would suggest diversifying the police force, de-escalation techniques and minimization of force training for law enforcement, community relationship building, and evaluation of terry stops /police interaction with citizens.

Don Meyer

No

No. This seems to be more specific to city government positions.

Homelessness

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

Kristin Ang

N/A

Don Meyer

This seems to be more specific to city government positions. I will however continue to support local entities like the Metropolitan Development Council because they provide programs like Housing First.

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.

Kristin Ang

Yes

Yes. Cable and phone companies should NOT get to decide the speed and access of information. I am for open internet and communicating freely.

Don Meyer

Yes

Yes. This appears to be a good question for city government positions. I generally favor a regulatory role to ensure internet access is provided on an equal basis to all users.

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

Kristin Ang

I would need to consult tech experts.

Don Meyer

This seems to be more specific to city government positions.

Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants

Are you an incumbent to this position?

Kristin Ang

No

Don Meyer

Yes

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

Kristin Ang

No

No, not currently. I welcome them to volunteer and join my campaign!

Don Meyer

No

None at this time but would welcome their help.

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

Kristin Ang

N/A

Don Meyer

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