for Edmonds Port Commissioner


I grew up in Seattle and had a wonderful childhood playing outside in parks, camping and always near the water. I guess, I haven’t grown out of my love for open, natural spaces. I moved to Edmonds in 2002 and raised my family here. We have spent our free time on beaches and streams looking at the creatures that live there. And, we have enjoyed the natural beauty throughout the area. Some of my favorite activities include hiking, mushroom picking and fishing, sometimes catching, too!

I’m running for Port Commissioner because this is the time when we, as a community, can focus our passion, energy, and resources on preserving and restoring the Edmonds Marsh for now and future generations.

To achieve this goal –

  1. We will need to partner with the City of Edmonds, WSDOT, the fishing and boating community, our business partners, and private property owners. We can’t achieve this goal alone; this effort will benefit from everyone’s input and participation.
  2. We will need to be guided by science and use the best practices as informed by rigorous science.
  3. We will need to locate the resources to preserve and restore the Edmonds Marsh to have it start functioning as salmon habitat once again.

I’m also invested in having the operations of the Port be an efficient and well-managed public entity. The Port is currently very capably managed. What I would bring to the Port Commission are strong management skills, creative problem-solving, and resource development. I believe that we will want to continue to maintain high quality customer service; if the Port needs to do any re-development – that it is done with the highest level of review for long-term financial impact and care for the environment. We will also need to attract new resources to help with the cost of daylighting Willow Creek – this project will benefit by having as many partnerships for maximum impact.

The Edmonds Marsh is a natural jewel that attracts residents and visitors to our area and celebrates the natural environment and open space. By restoring the Marsh, the native fish species and other animals will have a home that is protected and supported. This is a mutually beneficial approach for all our partners.

I would appreciate your vote on November 7th,

Susan in the News

News Articles of Note

News Articles of Note

My activism began at home. My parents were always engaged and excited by their work and how to bring their works to a larger community. From my Dad, my love and appreciation for the outdoors and science has been endlessly sustaining. From my Mom, I have learned collaboration, doing what’s possible, and advocacy.

I’ve added a few articles as regional resources for more information and a few links to my father’s, Dr. Robert T. Paine, work.

Thank you for taking the time to look at these links.

The Ecologist who threw Starfish
Some Animals Are More Equal than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades

Dads’ last publication – Humans as a Hyperkeystone Species (this is for the scientists!)
and from The Atlantic – Humans: The Hyperkeystone Species by Ed Yong

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