LETTER: McAleer only credible choice for Port of Port Angeles

In my book, there is only one credible choice on the ballot for Port of Port Angeles commissioner: Colleen McAleer.

McAleer is one of the best port commissioners I’ve seen in my 20 years on the North Olympic Peninsula.

She’s stayed laser-focused on the port’s mission — to create jobs and grow the regional economy — and done it through establishment of the Composite Recycling Technology Center (which just reported its first profits), recruiting Airborne Environmental Control Systems (it has already captured $200 million in business, according to its CEO), waterfront stormwater mitigation and support and advocacy of the timber industry.

The environmental cleanup of the PenPly site was done quickly and efficiently with the state Department of Ecology — and soon, we’ll have more growth opportunities and jobs through a new marine trades industrial park there.

McAleer is also president of the Washington Business Alliance. She networks with leaders across the state — and brings to their attention the investment opportunities in Clallam County.

During her tenure, the port has received a state award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government for transparency in its executive hiring processes and from the Coast Guard for excellence in maritime security best practices.

She is an Army combat veteran. She was a successful real estate broker.

I’ve never seen her step away from a challenge.

No wonder so many — including the Sierra Club’s North Olympic Group — have endorsed Colleen McAleer’s re-election as a port commissioner.

John Brewer,

Port Angeles

Brewer is a former editor and publisher of the Peninsula Daily News and McAleer’s campaign manager.