Letter to the Editor: Markstrom Working to Help Our Community Reach Full Potential


The Port of Centralia is an important taxing district that works to bring jobs and economic opportunity to the area. Speaking as a former Centralia city councilor and now state representative, the Port of Centralia plays a vital role in our community partnership to bring jobs and economic success to our region.

I am supporting Kyle Markstrom because he has addressed all the issues related to relocating to the Port of Centralia and creating jobs here in our community. Kyle understands permitting, taxes and the relationship between private businesses and public entities. Kyle will continue to help create jobs and improve the port’s responsiveness to our community needs.

Personally, Kyle Markstom has also improved the quality of life in our community through his energy, kindness and generosity. Kyle and his family are vested in our success, both professionally and personally. His family and their foundation are giving back in many ways we don’t even see.

Kyle and his family are working to help our community reach its full potential. Please vote to retain Kyle Markstrom.


Peter Abbarno



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Markstrom does nothing to "improve the port’s responsiveness to our community needs". Since he has been on the commission these last ten months, the port has treated the public worse than ever! They let you ask a question but then they don't give you an answer. They give their "friends" special treatment and longer times to talk than the "ordinary" citizens. When the port's Executive Director has been disrespectful toward the citizens/owners of the port, Markstrom sits there and allows it by saying nothing. And as for "taxes", when asked the last time why the port was adding another tax if the port was doing so well financially, the director said "Because we can". Now, was that a good reason to raise our already high property taxes? Markstrom is just another one under the thumb of Kyle Heaton! Time for him to go! Vote Paul Crowner instead.

Thursday, October 14