South County’s Ken Rogers and Marion Yoshino file for Port of Seattle race
by Jack Mayne
Two South King County residents have filed for election to the Port of Seattle Commission Position 5 to replace incumbent Commissioner Bill Bryant, who is said to not be seeking re-election.
Former Normandy Park City Councilmember Marion Yoshino and Delta Airlines pilot and board member Ken Rogers of Des Moines filed on Monday.
Yoshino is also a former economics development official for Des Moines, and is also a partner with her husband in an import/export business for European auto parts, according to her election website.
She says supporting her “is an opportunity to choose leadership that is experienced, but free of political obligations.”
Rogers has been a resident of the area since his days as an Air Force pilot at McChord Air Force Base, and is a Delta pilot who has for eight years been a member of the Delta Board of Directors. He lives in Des Moines and is married to Catherine Carbone Rogers, Chief Communications Officer for Highline Public Schools.
Rogers says he is running because it has been “too long since the Port has had a commissioner with significant airport and airline experience” and the Port Commission “needs a fresh perspective” to policy making and that “South King County should have representation on the commission,” something it has not had “for many years.”
The only other port contest this year is Courtney Gregoire’s position 2, and no candidates had filed for that race as of Tuesday (May 12) at Noon.