Bauman challenges Reynolds for six year term on Port of Peninsula board

<center>Bobbie Reynolds and Brad Bauman</center>

NAHCOTTA - Bobbie Reynolds is seeking re-election to a six-year term as a Port of Peninsula Commissioner. Reynolds, 45, is an Ilwaco High School graduate, born and raised on the Long Beach Peninsula.

1. What do you believe qualifies you to be a good port commissioner?

Reynolds said she knows the area and the people involved in the oyster and seafood industries well. She has worked at Jessie's Ilwaco Fish Co. and took accounting and bookkeeping classes at Clatsop Community College in Astoria and has worked as a bookkeeper for 20 years. She owned the Copy Center in Ocean Park for 10 years and stepped in after former Port Manager Howard Teague's death this year. "I'm a hands-on commissioner," she said. "I'm always available and I'm at the port at least three or four days a week. Reynolds has worked at Jack's Country Store for six years as a cashier/clerk.

2. What do you see as the most critical issues at the Port of Peninsula?

Reynolds said she and Port Manager Mary DeLong, along with Dick Sheldon, are working at getting a master plan completed. "We're looking forward to the dredging season in October that will result in dredging about three-quarters of the marina. A major fuel and loading dock repair project also is in the planning process after U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits are obtained."

"We'll need to purchase property in the future," Reynolds said, "possibly for boat storage, and we want to reconfigure the dock design." The port will work with the Port of Ilwaco on maintenance dredging and pile-driving. "The Port of Ilwaco helped us out last year with dredging problems," she said.

Brad Bauman, 58, is challenging incumbent District 2 Port of Peninsula Commissioner Bobbie Reynolds in the Sept. 20 primary election. A Coos Bay, Ore., native, Bauman has lived on the Long Beach Peninsula since 1968 and retired from the U.S. Navy. He works in metal recycling and at the Ocean Spray receiving station during cranberry harvest season. He has a degree in political science from Portland State University, manages the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Ocean Park and is an environmental specialist for the Ocean Park Area Lions Club.

1. What do you believe qualifies you to be a good port commissioner?

Bauman said he spent 31 years working in the oyster industry and served as a Port of Peninsula commissioner between 1992 and 1999. "I know the people in the local oyster and fishing industries well," he said.

2. What do you see as the most critical issues at the Port of Peninsula?

Bauman said dredging and finishing the bulkheads in the port's marina are important to the future of the port and "to get things working smoothly. I want to see better uses of the port facilities and funds," he said. Acquiring more property is a possibility or using existing port property for economic development in the area. It's a real challenge," he said, "because the distance from more developed areas creates transportation problems and costs."

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