A few years ago, Pam got a call from the school district asking if she could be the music teacher at Grant Street Elementary, just three days before the start of the new school year. Her boat was hauled out for maintenance, and she was also scheduled to present at the upcoming Wooden Boat Festival, but in spite of being busy, she accepted, and taught the kindergarten through fifth grade. She got a CD of sea shanteys, teaching them to sing those old songs of life at sea. Some friends at Fiddle Tunes and local banjo picker David Theilk, helped her put together a square-dance program, too. She learned to be a square-dance caller, and organized a midwinter square dance for the kids and their parents. "I believe in body movement, moving your body to help your brain," she said. "That's why I ride my bike every day."
Pam said she talked to City Councilor David Faber afterwards, and he had told her that what catalyzed his decision was the last few minutes of that meeting. "I was standing outside, and so was Pete Langley, and John, one of the candidates," Pam said. Faber had looked back, he told her, and had seen that just one candidate was still there. "He did more research and knew more about our community than the other three candidates," Pam said. "That's a huge skill, I think. Research." And when Rick Oltman had suggested to this candidate that he go to the Jefferson County Historical Society to learn more about Port Townsend, John "whipped out his notebook and wrote it down. He didn't just say 'ok.' He wrote it down."
She talked about citizen-advisory committees for a moment, saying, "I want to see ways where there's less this hierarchy and more inclusiveness. Inclusive of people that want to be included. Not cherry-picked people, one from each category. ... We have way too much talent in our community to have it be just about one person."
On Pam's website, pampetranek.com, under the tab "Issues," her platform is explained in several sections:
· Marinas at Boat Haven, Pt. Hudson, & Quilcene
· Marine trades industrial areas in Port Townsend at Boat Haven & Pt. Hudson
· Jefferson County International Airport
· An RV park at Point Hudson
· Boat launches at several sites around eastern Jefferson County
· Union Wharf and City Dock in downtown Port Townsend-->
Wednesday, July 10, will be the next Port Commission meeting, with a public workshop at 9:30 a.m. and a regular business meeting at 1 p.m., at the Commission offices on Benedict Street, near the boat launch. The meetings can be quite lively of pretty dull, there's usually free coffee, and you can sit in a padded chair and watch the wheels of government turning. Pam will probably be there, too.