I currently serve as a Port commissioner and president of Insurance Resource Group which helps individuals and small business owners obtain the best medical insurance coverage available for them.
I’m running for reelection to Port Commissioner District #2. Preserving and protecting access to the waterfront for everyone is critical along with the need to balance economic opportunity and the sensitive environment there.
My 25 years in business and many trips to Olympia and Washington DC to meet with elected officials has prepared me to better care for our local gem here on Puget Sound. Of course, we can always do better. We also, as a team at the Port, look for other areas to improve, like storm water run-off, the health of the Marsh, the Port-Walk, more recycling, creating more jobs, attracting more businesses in a transparent and responsible manner.
I gained my love for the area while trout fishing in Shell Creek and usually hearing mom say,
“Be home before dark”, as I ran out the door. Then came the Seattle Times paper route, picking up papers where the ferry ticket booth is located now, to the first delivery which is the building where the Waterfront Coffee Company is located.
Several summers were spent with long days fishing at the dock inside the Port marina in front of now what is Anthony’s Homeport.
In 6th grade 2 important things occurred. First, I took the Edmonds ski school bus to Hyak to begin what would be a long career (addiction) of skiing. Second, I became class president.
Yes, this was when I was 11 years old.
To feed the ski habit there was a lot of yardwork to be done for families such as the Yosts and the Becks.
In high school working at the Fog Cutter, now Claire’s, I learned more about teamwork and plain hard work. The money earned from this job helped me purchase a 21’ sailboat that was moored on A dock.
Full circle: with over 30 years teaching skiing and 12 years as director of Ski Hill Snow Sports School in Leavenworth, I’m still passionate about learning, teaching and inspiring others to get out and ski and learn about Puget Sound and boating. To that end I also helped revive the local Sea Scout program which has just successfully transitioned back over to the Edmonds Yacht Club.
I am blessed to be married to Tammy for 29 years. We’re raising 3 great kids in Edmonds. It’s a joy and privilege to be a part of this community and I hope to continue doing my part for years to come.
- Edmonds High School
- Shoreline Community College – AA
- University of Washington – BA Business/Marketing
Membership and Positions (current and past)
- Historic Preservation Commission
- Emergency Services Coordinating Agency
- Economic Alliance of Snohomish County
- Association of Washington Business
- Professional Ski Instructors of America – Level III Alpine instructor
- Past president of NW Washington Association of Health Underwriters
- Washington Health Plan Exchange broker Technical Advisory Committee
- Washington Technology Industry Association
- Pacific Little League Coach
“Preston 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.”
– Steve Johnston, President
Port of Edmonds Commission