Election letter -- Kennewick port: Givens

October 30, 2013 

Election letter -- Kennewick port: Givens

If elected Port of Kennewick Commissioner, my husband could bring huge benefit to that post. During candidate debates, John's opponent felt economic development to be the most important thing the port does. John has spent 37 years in commercial banking nearly every day helping small and large, service and retail, agriculture and manufacturing businesses sustain and grow operations. That help often resulted in new job creation, new business start-ups or companies relocating to our communities.

John concurrently spent 20 years in port governance being elected president of the Washington Ports Association, receiving two governors' appointments to Washington state boards representing the port industry and his port receiving two Ports of the Year awards.

John's tourism interest got him twice elected chairman of the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau. His financial expertise landed an appointment to the Kennewick Public Facilities District during a time that board was felt to need his talent. John's community volunteer efforts earned him Kennewick Man of the Year and Leadership Tri-Cities Leader of the Year honors. John's other awards are too numerous to mention in 200 words. Win or lose an election, I'm extremely proud of my community service-dedicated husband.

JOREEN GIVENS, Kennewick

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