Jeff Davis

Washington
Port Commission
Locale: 
Olympia
Type of Seat: 
Incumbent
Year: 
2013
Status: 
Running
Woman Candidate: 
No
GLBT: 
No
Person of Color: 
No
Under 35: 
No

Jeff currently serves on the Washington State Labor Council's Transportation and Economic Development Committee, where he is active in keeping Washington state prosperous as the most trade-dependent state in the country. Jeff is also the political affairs coordinator for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. We met Jeff through our relationship with Longshore and Warehouse Union. He has been a leading voice in labor on the need to reform trade policies to reduce incentives for companies to move production to countries with low wages and weak environmental protection. This is an important race for progressives. A win for Jeff means a powershift on the commission to a progressive majority. Despite the title of Olympia Port Commissioner, the commission overseas all ports in Thurston County. If elected, Jeff will make environmental issues a priority by aiming to reduce the carbon footprint through curbing emissions and making all ports, 'clean ports.' In his work at the union, Jeff has been instrumental in the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C. adopting new emission standards. Jeff will bring these emission curbing standards to Thurston County ports. He won the primary in August and will face Dave Peeler, a former 30-year Department of Ecology employee, in the November election.