“I’m running for the Olympia Port Commission because I believe in this community and I’m dedicated to making it a better place for future generations. Please take a look around and get to know more about my mission to make our shared vision for the Port of Olympia a reality, as your next commissioner in District 4!” – ROSE GUNDERSEN
Our region has SO MUCH to offer. It’s not just a great place to visit – it’s a great place to live and it’s a great place to do business. Rose’s main focus as your port commissioner will be to build on our strengths and make our area even more attractive for economic development projects. The four priorities are:
◉ INCLUSION THROUGH ENGAGEMENT
◉ PROMOTING LIVING WAGE JOBS
◉ CREATING A DESTINATION WATERFRONT
◉ STOP & COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Rose will prioritize community engagement, goal-oriented communication, constituency representation, equity, inclusion, and community outreach to guide the Port’s long-term management and decision-making for Thurston County’s development into a destination.
Rose will help grow our region’s small farms, agri-tourism, and small businesses by making the Port a leader in economic and social development. She will prioritize creating an economy with well-paying jobs to provide sustainable incomes for families.
As a longtime member of our community, Rose recognizes the importance of providing spaces and opportunities for recreation. She will help secure resources needed to turn the Port Peninsula waterfront into a premier destination by adding attractions, increasing accessibility, and maintaining a clean and safe environment.
Rose’s 14 years of policy research, advocacy, and co-founding Washington Trafficking Prevention informs the fact that human traffickers know where they can find a vulnerable gateway to exploit. Rose plans to work with the Port Commission to ensure training on human trafficking for Port staff to identify potential vulnerabilities in Port operations and collaborate with other jurisdictions to combat human trafficking. The scourge of human trafficking happens in every community, and Thurston County isn’t immune.