All three Port of Vancouver Districts vote in November's election!

The Port of Vancouver district encompasses an area of about 111 square miles. This area is divided into three separate commissioner districts, with one commissioner representing each district.  Currently, Brian Wolfe represents District 1, Eric LaBrant represents District 2, and Jerry Oliver represents District 3.

Every 2 years one of the District positions is up for grabs. In 2017 is it District 1. This year there were only 2 candidates running and so there was no primary election- both candidates automatically went through to the general. We have heard there is some confusion regarding who can vote in November's election and so we hope to clear that up here. 

For Port primary elections, only people in the District can vote, but for the general, voters in all 3 Port districts participate in the election. Which means if you live in any of the 3 Port of Vancouver Districts- you will be able to vote for Don Orange! Below is a simple map with all 3 Port Districts outlined.

If you live anywhere in the red outline- you can vote for Don this November!

If you are along the edges or are uncertain if you actually live in the Port of Vancouver Districts you can check out the Port of Vancouver's map of the Port Districts HERE! There is a zoom in function at the bottom right you can use to be certain of the exact boundary. 

Our race will likely be at the very bottom of the ballot, so tell everyone you know to make sure they vote down the entire ballot- don't miss our race!

To recap- all 3 Port of Vancouver Districts vote in our election this November- not just those who live in District 1. Make sure you vote down the entire ballot to vote of Don!

Suit to remove Orange from ballot dismissed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2017

Contact: Don Orange
Phone: (360) 281-2480
Email: Orange4Port@gmail.com
Website: www.DonOrange.com
 

ELECTION 2017; PORT OF VANCOUVER:
DON ORANGE WINS RESIDENCY COURT HEARING

[Vancouver, WA] Local Republican Party Activist Carolyn Crain, this morning had a lawsuit against Port of Vancouver candidate Don Orange, at Clark County Superior Court.  The case heard by Judge Gregory Gonzales was dismissed due to a failed filing timeline by Angus Lee, the attorney representing Carolyn Crain. Lee was previously appointed as the Prosecuting Attorney in Grant County but was marred in an ethics scandal that resulted in a four year Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) battle that finally concluded in November of 2016. 

Don Orange; was not surprised when the case was dismissed but also expressed frustration by what he considered a frivolous lawsuit; “I am a legal resident of the district and my candidacy was certified by the County auditor.  This was nothing more than a frivolous lawsuit that has cost our campaign thousands of dollars in legal fees and has cost me time talking to voters about our public port and why I deserve their vote.  I think that was our opponent’s objective, and sadly for the courts and the tax payer money wasted today on this case; they succeeded.  They were trying to steal the vote from the people.  I hope this does not become a trend for candidates in the future.”

Don Orange and Kris Greene are running in one of the most competitive local elections in recent memory.  The race has already raised almost $100,000 between both sides.  At stake in the election, is the construction of the largest oil terminal of its kind in North America at the Port of Vancouver.  Orange opposes the oil terminal and says family wage jobs in high-tech businesses, advanced manufacturing, renewables and metal working tenants should be the port’s priority.  Greene has supported the proposed oil terminal and accepted $5,000 from Tesoro; the company slated to build the terminal at the port.

 

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Stand up for Vancouver

The proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal would only produce a small number of permanent jobs, where other potential tenants, such as grain, automobiles, or renewable energy parts, would produce more family wage jobs/acre than this terminal would and without the social & environmental risk associated with crude oil transport & handling. Additionally, this project has kept Terminal 5 in limbo since 2013, and has only, and likely will continue to, produce jobs for lawyers and nobody else.

We need to stand up for Vancouver, and we need to stand up for the Columbia River!

Here comes the oil money

Last month, I called on our opponent to reject money from the oil & coal industries since outside corporate money would cloud the Port race and drown out the voices of those that live & work in our community, the owners of the Port of Vancouver. A few days ago, our opponent accepted $5,000 from Tesoro, the international corporation that wants to build the continent's largest oil-by-rail facility right here in Vancouver. The public of the greater Vancouver area is tired of being ignored by the Port of Vancouver, and that's why our campaign has over 4 times more individual donors, and over 8 times more personal endorsements than our opponent.

This infusion of money from Tesoro is a blatant attempt to trick this community into accepting an oil terminal that they've already made clear they don't want. That begs the question; do we want a Port Commissioner that's beholden to international business interests, and supports turning Vancouver into an oil storage site for Californian vehicles? Or do we want a Port Commissioner whose campaign was powered by local grassroots support?

See our press release here!

Don Orange on Jobs

The Port of Vancouver is not having difficulty finding tenants. New buildings are leased before they even have roofs on them. The proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal would only produce a small number of permanent jobs, where other potential tenants, such as grain, automobiles, or renewable energy parts, would produce more family wage jobs/acre than this terminal would and without the social & environmental risk associated with crude oil transport & handling. Additionally, this project has kept Terminal 5 in limbo since 2013, and has only, and likely will continue to, produce jobs for lawyers and nobody else. If elected, I propose that the Port of Vancouver Commission vote to end the lease and build something there that will bring family-wage union jobs to Southwest Washington now.

"this project has kept Terminal 5 in limbo since 2013, and has only, and likely will continue to, produce jobs for lawyers and nobody else"

As Port Commissioner, it would be my job to set a vision for the Port of Vancouver that is in sync with the priorities of this community and this region. I believe that the small amount of permanent jobs that would result from this terminal pales in comparison to job losses in other areas, for example; the Vancouver Waterfront Development. The Vancouver Waterfront Development is a $1.5 billion project, less than a mile East of the proposed oil terminal, that will produce huge economic benefit, thousands of permanent jobs, and help to attract other businesses & people to Vancouver for many years to come. The current thinking by the Port of Vancouver is to place an oil terminal directly next to this beautiful, game-changing development and hope that the two don’t negatively affect each other. If approved by Jay Inslee, the oil terminal would surely inhibit the Waterfront Development’s potential and partially negate any economic potential provided by the terminal as well.

"I believe that the small amount of permanent jobs that would result from this terminal pales in comparison to job losses in other areas"

This graphic shows projected emissions from the proposed oil terminal, clearly showing that the Vancouver Waterfront Project falls well within the "critical" or "serious" areas of anticipated impact.

Whatever project is chosen for Terminal 5 will produce construction and permanent jobs. The potential includes but is not limited to a grain terminal, roll on roll off freight, wind energy components, auto import or export, and other safe uses. We should be building light industrial and warehousing facilities at other areas at the Port, with emphasis on apprenticeships and prevailing wage enforcement. Good jobs make for a strong local economy.

*Emissions Impact research courtesy of Western Agtech

 

Support comes from unlikely places

Last night as I was driving home I saw a fellow with two big totes walking away from Costco. He looked harmless, so I stopped and offered him a ride. Turns out he was four miles from home at 9:00 pm with two totes full of groceries, so I gave him a ride to his apartment. I learned that his kids are 300 miles away living with their mom. I told him about our campaign, and without my asking, he donated $20. I am still blown away. Without asking, I got a campaign donation from a complete stranger.

I believe we will win.