Marine seeks third term

May 01, 2013
Mayor Joe Marine

In the nearly eight years he has served as mayor, Joe Marine has crossed the “big three” from his To Do list.

These were the renovation of Lighthouse Park, of which two of four phases are finished, and the construction of a new City Hall and community center.

Though he is proud of these accomplishments, Marine said he has two more big-ticket items on his list that he wants to see through: the relocation of the ferry landing and preserving aerospace manufacturing at Paine Field.

“I’m excited to continue working for the city and the residents,” Marine said. “I fully expect that I will win and continue.”

Marine, 50, who was first elected to the office in 2005 and re-elected in 2009, is seeking a third term. The kick off for his re-election campaign was held April 18.

His priorities are waterfront redevelopment, public safety, maintaining parks, promoting volunteerism, support for local businesses, and to continue the fight against commercial flights at Paine Field.

As mayor, in addition to the “big three,” Marine has led the city as it achieved a AAA financial rating, opened trail systems in the Big Gulch and restored salmon habitat in Japanese Gulch.

He also has pushed for the relocation of the ferry one-third of a mile east to the Mukilteo Tank Farm, which is expected to transfer to the Port of Everett and NOAA by September. Marine said construction could start as soon as 2015.

Washington State Ferries will need an estimated $120-$130 million for its ferry plans, and Marine said he wants to continue to advocate for their funding, as well as other waterfront projects, namely a new NOAA station and a second Sounder Station platform.

“You’ve got to stay in the forefront of those discussions,” he said. “There are a lot of people asking for funding, so we’ve got to make sure we stay at the top.”

Marine also hopes to continue to push for the retention of Boeing operations at Paine Field, which he worries may go to South Carolina.

Boeing has plans to invest an additional $1.1 billion and hire 2,000 more employees in Charleston, S.C. by 2020. Marine doesn’t want that to jeopardize what the company has at Paine Field.

“Aerospace still needs a voice,” he said. “Getting people to understand the importance of remaining competitive, not just in the country but in the world.”

Before serving as mayor, Marine was a city councilmember from 1998 to 2001, when he was appointed to serve the 21st District as a state representative.

Councilmembers Jennifer Gregerson and Steve Schmalz each seek to unseat Marine.

Ken Kromann, who was on the council the same time as Marine, said Marine is who Mukilteo needs right now as a leader, because of the political connections he’s made while in office.

“Where things are with Mukilteo itself, I think he’s a stabilizing factor,” Kromann said. “His steady hand would be good for the city. He can be trusted. At least, I know I certainly trust him.

“Joe would be the better candidate, just by his experience. The bridges he’s built are more beneficial to Mukilteo at this time.”

Marine is past president of the Snohomish County Association of Cities & Towns, chair of the Community Transit Board, secretary of the Association of Washington Cities Board of Directors, a member of the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council, and serves on the National League of Cities Leadership Training Institute Committee and the NLC Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy Committee.

He is also on the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club Capital Committee, and a member of the South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club and Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce.

Marine was a commercial fisherman in Alaska before he became an insurance agent for American Senior Resources. He sold insurance until 2007. He has been a resident of Mukilteo for 18 years.

“I’ve absolutely enjoyed my time as mayor, and I think that it’s helped me to excel at it,” he said. “The reason we’ve accomplished the things we have is because I’ve come in and put everything into it, not only locally here but being involved regionally.”

“You have to have somebody who is dedicated to that.”

The mayor of Mukilteo is a full-time, non-partisan position that pays $70,800 a year. Elections for the office are held in odd-numbered years.

The deadline to register for the mayoral race is May 17.

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