Port of Seattle races should have voters thinking beyond city limits

Neither can vote for Seattle Port Commission candidates, only King County voters can. But some people outside King County pay more attention to port commission races than King County voters do. That’s because the seaport and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, both supervised by port commissioners, affect jobs and businesses across Washington state.

Candidates running for port commissioner this year should understand the port’s statewide impact shapes a commissioner’s job, and voters should weigh the port’s statewide responsibilities when deciding whom to vote for.  

The port — the seaport, Sea-Tac airport, Fishermen’s Terminal and the cruise business — is directly responsible for about 120,000 jobs, mostly in King and Pierce counties,

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