David Preston Announces he will run again for Port Commissioner in 2019
“I am excited about the progress the Port has made over the past decade and look forward to helping keep the Port’s strong economic and environmental momentum going,” Preston gives as his main reason for running.
“I am extremely proud of the benefit the Port brings to our vibrant Edmonds/Woodway community. Our mission is to provide economic opportunity and promote tourism in an environmentally responsible manner. To that end, we maintain commercial buildings and an award-winning marina that bring in substantial public revenue and provides the base for hundreds of jobs. “The Port essentially serves as a second downtown and offers an unsurpassed Puget Sound waterfront experience,” Preston explains.
Some of David’s highest priorities for the Port are continuing to improve storm water quality before it discharges from Port property to Puget Sound and the Edmonds Marsh, as well as enhancing waterfront tourism opportunities. The Port is located along one of the most spectacular and popular stretches of waterfront on Puget Sound. “Look for an updated promenade, or what we call the Port-Walk,” says Preston. “The Port has added new parking to provide better public access and will be looking at ways to add more.”
Preston took the lead and worked with the other Port Commissioners and staff to launch several successful programs. “Getting the Sea Scouts back on track as a program that trains our young people in boating and safety skills was a priority for me. The Sea Jazz summer program at the Port’s central plaza also showcases our incredibly talented young musicians. Both groups are just fun to work with,” Preston explains.
Making public policy requires coming to the table with an open mind and commitment to listen while working with others to address real problems. “Let’s do coffee”, says Preston. “We can balance the tried and true with some new and improved ideas. You have ideas also, and I want to hear them.”
Preston has lived in Edmonds since 1966. He and his wife Tammy are raising their family here. He has coached Pacific Little League baseball and for the past 12 years has been the Ski School Director at Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. He holds a Level 3 teaching certification.
“David’s passion for and knowledge of recreational boating has made him a highly effective voice in driving the Port’s marina and promenade improvement programs. He is a strong and vocal proponent of the Port’s robust and effective environmental programs directed at protecting our Puget Sound, Edmonds Marsh, and their natural resources. He has been an admirable contributor to the Port’s economic well-being and a solid steward of the public’s investments in the Port. He has served and led effectively in all officer positions on the Port Commission. He truly cares about the Port and community, and both are better for it. David is an excellent and respected Port Commissioner, and he has my full support for reelection as Port Commissioner, District 2,” stated Steve Johnston, President Port of Edmonds Commission.
“We have one of the best marinas and, in fact, one of the best public ports in the country. We can keep it that way by continuing to be good stewards financially and environmentally. Let’s keep the momentum going.” Preston said.