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MacIntyre elected to Kingston Port Commission | Election
By RICHARD D. OXLEY
KINGSTON — Bruce MacIntyre was elected to Kingston Port Commission District 1 Nov. 5.
As of 8:15 p.m., MacIntyre had 603 votes to Nels Sultan’s 379.
MacIntyre was under the weather on election night and therefore canceled a gathering he had planned. Instead, he spent the evening at home watching the numbers come in.
"We'll either have a pity party or a celebration," he said with a hoarse voice before the vote tally was announced.
Port commissioners are elected for six years, and receive $100 a meeting and health benefits. MacIntyre will succeed Marc Bissonnette, who chose not to run for reelection.
MacIntyre's campaign took him to the Kingston streets to talk with his fellow residents.
"I demonstrated to a lot of different groups that I was interested in hearing their thoughts and concerns and bringing people together," MacIntyre said. “There are a lot of opinions in the community and some are in conflict with others. People want to hear that they are being heard and considered."
He added, “I spent most of my time going to a lot of community meetings like the Kitsap Economic Development [Alliance], the Chamber of Commerce and the Kingston Community Advisory Council. I was meeting with a lot of different business owners and individuals in the community, listening to what their plans were, and what their visions were of the port. I think it paid off because I think it gave me insight in to what people were thinking about the port and what the port should address in the coming years."
MacIntyre said that he didn't run against Sultan as much as he ran for the position.
"I hesitate to use the word campaign," he said. "Both Nels and I took a very low key approach to it."
"I kept it kind of low key and simple," said Sultan, a civil and coastal engineer. "I went to a few events and ran a few ads in the paper, talked to people when they wanted to. I didn't put up any signs or spend a lot of money.
"I didn't view it as a big tactical race, where you are trying to outfox your opponent. I just stated my points and my views and hopefully they are the views of the voters. I've tried to be upfront, honest and specific."
MacIntyre, a recently retired business lawyer, said during his campaign that he would like the port to pursue economic development in the Kingston community as a whole, not just the marina.
He said that more tourism should be pursued, and that the port should form public-private partnerships to develop the port’s waterfront properties.
Sultan opposes the level of compensation for commissioners, and believes it’s a conflict of interest for commissioners to keep boats in the marina when they moorage rates.
Sultan favored reaching out to other regional governments, such as the Kitsap Regional Council, to help bring in more federal dollars to the port. He said tourism promotion is part of an economic solution, but shouldn't be relied upon as the only option. He said the port needs to divert its attention away from the marina and into the local economy, by encouraging businesses to settle here.