Harrison to run for Baker’s seat on Vancouver port commission

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Peter Harrison has announced his candidacy for the District 2 seat on the nonpartisan Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners that is now held by Nancy Baker.

Harrison, 54, has more than two decades of experience as a systems analyst addressing organizational needs, operations and work flows, he said in a news release. Harrison said he spent seven of those years working with shipping, warehousing and international import/export organizations.

“I strongly oppose the port’s plan to bring dangerous, mile-long oil trains into Vancouver,” Harrison said, a reference to a proposal to build what would be the nation’s largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal at the port. However, he said, “the port is more than just oil trains. It is the area’s largest landowner and an engine for job creation and economic opportunity. I will always put safety and accountability to the public first, but my focus is on leveraging this community asset for the good of Vancouver.”

Harrison is married, has two adult children and holds degrees in computer science from Coleman University and biology from Washington State University.

He said he’s volunteered as an instructor with the American Red Cross and as a science teacher for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.