City Council Candidates

James D. “Jim” Moran

Jim_Moran-226x300Elected Experience: None

Other Professional Experience: Board member Donohue Feiman mid-west Regional TPA firm; Seattle Officials for Women’s Basketball President, VP, Director of Training, Evaluations Chair; Tacoma Basketball Board Director of Training Education: Bachelor’s Degree Seton Hall University Accounting Major; Master’s Degree Pacific Lutheran University HR Major; CLU, ChFC from the American College

Community Service: Heritage Days Committee Person; Celebrate Heritage, Inc. President; Clallam County Historical Society Treasurer; North Olympic Basketball Officials Association Director of Training; Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association Treasurer; Port Angeles Senior Center Treasurer and Van Driver; Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce President 2015; New Dungeness Light Station Board and Keeper Transfer Driver; Host visiting artists participating in Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Plein Air Competition; Pro Bono retirement plan consultant to Healthy Families of Clallam County; Courtesy Van volunteer driver for Captain Joseph House; Peninsula Area Public Access TV Sports Director

Personal: President and owner of The 401(k) Company, Inc. a Third Party Administration (TPA) firm for pension and profit sharing plans; Married to Marie for 46 years, two sons Brendan and Sean; Vietnam War Veteran served as a helicopter pilot; Received the Washington Officials Association prestigious Meritorious Service Award Statement: I Plan to work to encourage economic growth to increase the tax base so Port Angeles citizens will continue to enjoy quality municipal services. I will bring a higher level of collaboration to the City Council. I will work to foster a drug free environment through private, city and county agencies.


JhxmnlFJ_400x400Port Angeles City Council Position 3 Candidate I was born and raised in Port Angeles, graduating from Port Angeles High School in 1998. I returned back home after college, motivated by the idea that if one wants to make the world a better place, start in the place one calls home.

I taught science for several years and during that time continued to become interested in public policy. Subsequently, I went to law school at Gonzaga, where I graduated with highest honors in 2013.

Since then, I’ve been privileged to work as a constitutional lawyer on issues related to the relative power of the people, our governments, and corporations. This work has given me a deep understanding of how local governments work and what they can do to protect the people’s rights,health, safety, and welfare.

As a representative of the people of Port Angeles, I intend to work toward creating a city that values community dialogue and collaboration; fosters a local economy that works for everyone; and solves tough problems like affordable housing and homelessness. This work ultimately requires all of us working together. We can do this – we share this place: it’s our home.

I look forward to meeting you in the coming months and listening to your concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact me, whether to talk on the phone, or to meet-up in person.

My office phone number is (360) 406-4321 and my email address is I’m on
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Travis Berglund

f6ad-51ef-465c-dc3aTravis is a third generation Port Angeles native, husband, and father of three daughters. His family, and especially his grandparents, have inspired him to become more involved. From his Grandfather Leonard Beil, who was a community service icon, to Hattie Berglund, who fought for environmental issues in PA harbor during the 1970’s, Travis is motivated by family who have strived to improve quality of life in Port Angeles.

The Port Angeles City Council should be focusing on the important issues that can help improve our economy, and avoid investing time on issues that have little impact in our town. Travis will strive to avoid these distractions, and focus on creating a vision and identity for this town.

We need to listen to, support, and collaborate with businesses. Port Angeles is struggling to fully fund basic services, and to correct this we must create a more business friendly environment, especially in the limited retail core of Port Angeles. We also need to foster better relationships, and advance our interests through partnership with the Port, County, Tribe, Port Angeles Downtown Association, Port Angeles Business Association, Economic Development Council, local non-profits, etc.

Travis is animated by an optimism for this town, and he wants to see it thrive for his children, just as his grandparents did. There are so many reasons we are all drawn to Port Angeles. To reach our potential, we need to capitalize on our natural assets – such as the harbor, National Park, Peninsula College, and our natural resources. Travis looks forward to engaging with our community, and working to make city government more responsive and transparent.

Marolee Smith

cropped-mimi-headshotPort Angeles is my home. (since 1993). I have been a local business owner. Since high school I have been going to council meetings. At first, my motivation was simple: extra credit for a civics class. In the two- score years since, I have watched thousands of hours of city municipal meetings in several different communities. There are things I have learned about how local government should and should not operate.

Like most people in our community, I have been alternately incredulous and concerned by some of the actions of our past and present City Councilors.

As an active citizen-participant, I have been a fixture at our City Council meetings for years. The time spent watching our council, reading the history of decisions made, makes me a well-informed candidate on the issues we face together. (I have read the past archives, ordinances and agreements going back several decades, as well as the entirety of the city codes.)

I will not waste your time with sugar coating and platitudes. I am not doing this for some vague definition of “civic duty”, my ego, or photo-ops. Making a real difference is my goal. I will work for you. This is our home. It is time for us to work together, as a community.

I want better, for all of us. (Not just the few, in our community, who have been hogging the wealth, and undermining our future.)

I am the candidate you want on our City Council.

I will represent you.

Colleen McAleer

Colleen McAleerPort of Port Angeles Commissioner, District 1
Elected Experience:Commissioner, Port of Port Angeles; elected 2013

Other Professional Experience: President, Washington Business Alliance;
July 2015- Present Owner, CMMC Group; 2013-2015
Director, Business Development & Property Manager, Port of Port Angeles; 2011 – 2013
Owner, Team McAleer, Commercial Real Estate Broker; 2002 – 2011
US Army Military Intelligence Officer, Helicopter and Fixed Wing Pilot, Combat Veteran; 1989-1999

Education:Certified Commercial Investment Manager, ‘04 Real Estate Agent and Broker, ‘02 BS, Florida Institute of Technology, ‘89

Community Service:
Current Board Membership:
Washington Delegation, US Global Leadership Coalition
Seattle Sports Commission
Center of Excellence for Aerospace and
Manufacturing Board Member, Peninsula College Foundation
Board Member, Clallam County EDC

Colleen brings considerable experience and a unique perspective to the Port Commission from her professional leasing and investment background and as a former Port staff member.

By acting as a change agent and sharing private enterprise practices, Colleen saw much progress and a new level of excellence during her first term. She is proud of Port staff for their many accomplishments. The Port cleaned up the former waterfront mill site and ensured private parties paid their share. With the Port’s insurance no local public dollars were spent on cleanup. Next the Port will redevelop the 18-acres to support family-wage jobs. The Port received two important awards recently. One from the Washington Coalition for Open Government for our hiring process of the Executive Director and another from the US Coast Guard as the best small port in the nation for maritime security.

Colleen bridges relationships and spearheads opportunities emanating from the bustling state’s urban economy that resulted in over $5 million being invested in Clallam County.

Colleen wants to see progress continue. “I love this county and we need more good paying jobs here for our economy to thrive. The Port can play a huge role in that.”

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