I agree with the Herald and strongly recommend Don Barnes for Port of Kennewick commissioner in District 1.
Don is a very bright guy with strong commercial development experience. He spent at least a decade in the '90s overseeing the financing and development of some of the biggest buildings and computers labs on the Battelle campus in Richland.
Now, in one year with the port, he's wasted no time coming up to speed on the most challenging issue, Vista Field, working through it in a fair and reasonable manner, ultimately supporting redevelopment in the best interest of the taxpayers.
Don is a forward-thinking leader, an astute businessman and a fiscally conservative steward of our taxpayer dollars. He brings important project development experience to the port at a time when several major economic projects are being planned. The redevelopment of Vista Field alone will need strong leaders like Don Barnes to get it right.
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PETER LAMPSON, Pasco