About Mike

Mike headshotMichael McAuley has a strong background in community leadership and academic achievements. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental policy from Evergreen State College and an MS from Western Washington University where he published a thesis on growth management in Whatcom County. With his strong background in urban studies and environmental policy, he is uniquely suited to address the challenges facing Whatcom County today.

A local green builder and community-spirited person, Michael’s commitment to public service led him to seek a seat on the Port of Bellingham commission. A lifelong resident of Washington State, he believes our port is well-positioned globally to become a leader in the Clean Tech Revolution by expanding our regional role in economic development. Michael spends days representing the port on behalf of the public and working on his expanding green building firm. His off hours are taken up with his extended family, reading, and inventing.

Mike is owner of McAuley Builders, a local company with an emphasis on green building practices, and a former member of the US Marines. During his first term as a commissioner for the Port of Bellingham, he has championed a frugal approach to spending tax dollars, including a tax cut in his very first year and holding the line on increases three times since. He is leading the effort to bring parity for all port employees so that the disparate, difficult to manage employee employment agreements are simplified and equal across the organization.

In his first term he has fostered an unprecedented openness and access to port activities. Whether blogging about port activities, responding online to every port related article in local newspapers or meeting constantly with all port stakeholders, Mike has elevated accountability as an elected person to a new level. Regardless of the request, Mike makes himself or information available.

His work on the waterfront runs the gamut from promoting a waterfront festival in 2013 along with city council help, pushing the redevelopment effort for remaining structures and getting the streets started while opening public access opportunities. To be honest, this effort is being slowed by considerable bureaucratic process but I pledge to keep pushing for the very best outcomes. Mike is also leading the way in working to ensure our local airport serves local needs.

Since taking office in 2010 he has focused on developing and furthering relationships with other elected officials here in Whatcom County, other port districts and our legislators in Olympia. Developing these relationships is a critical step in ensuring that our Port interests are understood locally and statewide, especially as we push to strengthen our local connections to Alaska and other export markets.

As your Port Commissioner, Mike will continue to foster a collaborative environment between the Port, City, County and citizens in waterfront planning, continue pushing the commission to support and locate a technology park on the waterfront and promote green energy industries, improve profitability of current Port operations to free up tax dollars for new ideas that align with Whatcom County values and pursue emerging technologies with job creation potential. He also has a solid record of working with the City of Bellingham as a citizen, neighborhood representative and as Port Commissioner.

If you would like to be involved, consider hosting a coffee event, volunteering for doorbelling or making phone calls, writing letters to the editor, or donating to Michael’s campaign. These early dollars will go to desperately needed supplies like campaign signs and doorbell literature. Email to info@mikeforport.com. Please donate at MikeForPort.com today! Or send a check to:

Mike For Port
1580 E Smith Rd.
Bellingham, WA 98226