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Port of P.A. commissioners mull districting issues
The Port of Port Angeles board of commissioners may consider adding two more members.
At the Aug. 8 meeting, after the culmination of the port’s redistricting process, Commissioner Jim McEntire said fellow board member John Calhoun made the point that as district boundaries shift to the east, the West End vote gets diluted.
“Port Angeles is a different place than Forks and the West End,”
McEntire said. “Nothing wrong with that, but West End folks have their own set of values and culture and all that is fine and proper and good. But John, at (Monday’s) meeting articulated one way of resolving that is to potentially go to a five-commissioner port commission.”
The port’s district boundaries match the county’s district boundaries, which recently were realigned after a process over several months.
The port board has three commissioners and at least one, George Schoenfeldt, will not return next year. McEntire, a candidate for Clallam County commissioner, also may not return next year should he win that election.
McEntire said a two-thirds new commission can continue the discussion, should they choose.
“However the commission views that issue next year and how they want to resolve it is an open question,” he said.
McEntire said there is a possibility of maintaining the three-commissioner districts and adding two at-large commissioners, creating a fourth district and having one at-large commissioner or trying to create five districts out of the current three and having one commissioner for each district.
As of right now, there is no action being taken or resolutions being made about the topic, he said.
The next meeting of the port commissioners is at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at 338 W. First St., Port Angeles.
Reach Amanda Winters at firstname.lastname@example.org.