2 on ballot for Manchester port

Two candidates are seeking a seat on the Manchester Port Commission. James E. Strode is seeking re-election and Alexis Pappas is seeking a first term.

Strode is a lifelong Manchester resident and South Kitsap High School graduate and still lives in a home overlooking the community where he roamed as a boy. He is a small-business owner in the construction industry and has served as a commissioner for the Manchester Port for 38 years. He is president of the port commission with a long history of volunteering in community service with the Saints Car Club, Friends of the Manchester Library Expansion Project and South Kitsap Fire & Rescue.

Strode has been instrumental in transforming the port’s boat launch and Pomeroy Park facilities. Those goals were accomplished through strategic financial planning and partnerships with other agencies, he said. Strode’s vision for the future includes continued improvements at the park and boat launch, as well as exploring new ventures to spur economic growth throughout Manchester.

Pappas is a human resources professional, real estate broker and South Kitsap School District substitute teacher. Pappas is also a community service volunteer for SKSD.

As a Manchester local, Pappas places high importance on community, safety and education which led her to pursue a place on the port commission. She appreciates the serenity and beauty of Pomeroy Park every day and believes preserving the Port of Manchester is essential.

“I know the Manchester Port Commission can take preemptive safety action for residents. The Port Commission should install security cameras and an emergency call button to ensure public safety.

“My top priority is our community’s well-being. I bring new knowledge and fresh ideas to the Manchester Port Commission. I will do more for the Port of Manchester and its residents. I aim to bring the community closer and have fun educational events. I take pride in being a part of the Manchester community. I would be honored to serve, and I ask for your vote.”