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June 4, 2009 10:51 AM

Fisken withdraws from Port race

Posted by Bob Young

A week after announcing his candidacy for Port of Seattle Commission, Alec Fisken has dropped out.

Fisken said the financial pressure of starting his own green-energy business made him reconsider. "I thought I could run for election this cycle and get a little business underway. I can't do it. My family reminded me of that the other day," Fisken said Wednesday night at a forum for Port candidates.

Fisken was elected to the Port Commission in 2003 and ousted in 2007 when voters' anger at incumbents swept him and Bob Edwards out of office.

More jockeying in the lineup of Port candidates may occur before Friday's filing deadline.

As of last night, the announced candidates for three Port Commission seats on the ballot: Tom Albro, who's running for Position 4, the seat now held by retiring commissioner Pat Davis; Chris Cain, who hasn't declared which seat he's seeking; incumbent John Creighton, who is now unchallenged for Position 1; David Doud, who's running for Position 3, the seat being vacated by Lloyd Hara (who's campaigning for county assessor); Rob Holland, also running for Position 3; and Al Yuen, another candidate in the contest for Hara's seat.

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