The 214-foot tall cranes work to unload their first cargo shipments at South Terminal at the Port of Everett on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Everett, Washingon. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The 214-foot tall cranes work to unload their first cargo shipments at South Terminal at the Port of Everett on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Everett, Washingon. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Incumbent Port Commissioner Stiger far ahead in early results

Tom Stiger will likely face Bob Champion for one of three seats on the Port of Everett commission.

EVERETT — Incumbent Tom Stiger will likely face Bob Champion for District 2 on the Port of Everett Commission.

The other two candidates, Ken Heaton and Alfred Favre, trailed in the race on primary night.

Stiger led with 45.3% of the vote, and Champion took 29.7%.

District 2 includes the Mukilteo waterfront and part of southwest Everett. Port commissioners determine Port policy and hire the Port’s executive director, currently Lisa Lefeber.

Stiger has been a District 2 commissioner for 12 years.

He also served as a Port commissioner from 1965, when he was 27, to 1971.

“I’m the unofficial historian,” Stiger said Wednesday.

He wants to develop the Mukilteo waterfront from Lighthouse Park to Edgewater Beach and complete development of the Millwright District, according to his website. During his tenure, the Port has developed the Waterfront Place apartments, added a new “Restaurant Row” and cleaned up the Norton Terminal.

Stiger spent 27 years working in public schools. He was principal at both Everett and Cascade high schools.

Stiger said he was “real happy with the turnout,” and he was ready to go doorbelling during the general election.

Champion served on the Mukilteo City Council from 2014 to 2021. Previously, he worked for Honeywell as an aerospace scientist and executive. As commissioner, he wants to focus on serving Boeing’s needs and finish acquiring the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration property on the Mukilteo waterfront.

Heaton trailed behind Champion, taking 19% of the vote. Favre took 5.6%.

Heaton spent 20 years of active duty in the Coast Guard and currently works for the Coast Guard in an administrative position. Heaton also wants to focus on developing the Mukilteo waterfront, and he wants to work with the Tulalip Tribes regarding their waterfront property, he told The Daily Herald’s Editorial Board.

Favre described himself as “a boater for boaters” in his statement in the voters’ pamphlet. In 2006, he founded the company All Ocean Services, which specializes in port engineering, vessel operations and maritime technical support. Favre argued his experience will allow him to “Protect and Preserve the Environment,” according to his pamphlet statement. He previously worked as an engineer.

Port commissioners serve for 6 years. The other commissioners are Glen Bachman, who has served since 2013, and David Simpson, who took office in 2019.

Surya Hendry: 425-339-3104;; Twitter: @suryahendryy.

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