Edmonds Port Commissioner Announces Re-election Bid
Mary Lou Block, Vice President of the Edmonds Port Commission, has announced she will seek an additional term as Port Commissioner.
"I am firmly committed to running a fiscally responsible operation and keeping moorage rates and taxes as low as possible, while maintaining the Port’s quality service for all our users,” Block said. “To this end, I voted to limit an increase in moorage rates for 2013 and to maintain the 2012 tax levy for 2013.”
Block is a 40 year resident of the Port District, with 27 years of planning experience. She served many years as Edmonds Planning Director, Assistant Planning Director for the City of Everett, and as an analyst in the Snohomish County Executive’s office.
“Mary Lou has long been a force for improving the community through her planning work and has brought this interest and enthusiasm to her role as a member of the Port Commission” said Carla Nichols, Mayor of Woodway. “She has helped craft the Port into a model for others to emulate and I know she will endeavor to work with the City of Edmonds on the future of Harbor Square.”
As an active participant in the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA), Block has served on the WPPA Environment Committee, where she has learned of several measures to improve the Port's environmental compliance at minimal cost.
Block is working to improve business in our state through participation in the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) organization. She is also very concerned with the health of the local business community and has long worked to maintain its viability.
“Mary Lou takes her commitment to the Edmonds business community personally and really cares about it,” said Brooke Baker, co-owner of Chanterelle Restaurant. "She regularly patronizes Edmonds restaurants and shops.”
Mary Lou and her husband are boaters who appreciate the value of the well-run and properly maintained Port of Edmonds. They have two grown children and two grandchildren living in this area.
“Let there be no question: I want Edmonds to remain the exemplary port it has become, while, at the same time, being an attractive destination for local residents and visitors alike.” Block said.