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Port candidate pool presents perspectives

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 30th, 2013

The race for seats on the Port of Siuslaw Board of Commissioners has attracted 11 candidates and proves to be an interesting race. A special district, the port encompasses 750 square miles, stretching as far east as the Lorane area.

Four positions are open. Twelve candidates will be on the May 21 special election ballot, however one candidate for Position 1, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue Chief John Buchanan, has withdrawn from the race because of health reasons.

The Siuslaw News contacted each candidate to provide biographical information and discuss the portís role in the community and upcoming priorities. Candidates are listed under each open seat, positions 1-4, in alphabetical order by surname.

Their responses are as follows:

Position 1, 4-year term. Candidates are Shayne Burnem and Terry Duman.

Shayne Burnem, age 42

Florence resident, 4 years

Background: Bachelors in Business Management from University of Phoenix 2012; Associates of Electronic Technologies, University of Alaska 1994.

I have worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, specializing in project management and submarine fiber optic networks. I have worked with universities, military, large corporations, non-profit organizations, telephone companies and small businesses to create communications infrastructures that meet federal and state standards. Additionally, I have been a founding member of two successful startup technology companies.

I currently work for a telecom company that has landed the first undersea fiber optic cable in Florence, and has invested millions of dollars into a fiber optic infrastructure that connects to Portland and Seattle network infrastructure. This represents a unique opportunity for Florence to enter into the technology sector and I have the expertise to successfully navigate these new waters.

For the complete article see the 05-01-2013 issue.

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