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Special District

Santa Cruz County Port DistrictCandidate for Commissioner

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Stephen Reed

Port Commissioner
13,924 votes (14.92%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Environmental Protection -- The Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor is the Gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and it is our obligation to protect all of our coastal marine resources.
  • Public Service -- The harbor is a place designed and built for boats, and boaters. It is also a major regional destination for the public to enjoy. The harbor offers public access to Monterey Bay, via charter boats, fishing, and safe beach uses.
  • Fiscal Responsibility -- The harbor now operates with an annual budget of approx. $7-million/year -- without ANY taxpayer revenue. We operate the harbor with a balanced budget with user revenues, such as slip rents, business leases, parking, etc.



Profession: Santa Cruz Port Commission (2012 - present) 15 years -- University of California, Santa Cruz: Director of Government
Principal, KITE HILL ASSOCIATES (1988–current)
Santa Cruz Port Commissioner, Santa Cruz Harbor — Elected position (2012–current)
Assistant Director - State Relations, Budget and University Relations, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT (1987–1994)
Director of Public Relations and Governmental Affairs, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA CRUZ (1976–1988)
Press Advance and Lead Advance for President of the United States, Executive Office of the President, The White House (1976–1980)


University of Hawaii Post-graduate coursework, Architecture and land use (current)
California State University, San Jose B.A., Major: Public Relations & Advertising Minor: Political Science (1969)


Extended Professional Experience

Santa Cruz Port Commission  (2012 - present)

15 years -- University of California, Santa Cruz:  Director of Governmental & Community Relations.  Special Assistant to the Chancellor 15 years -- California State University, Monterey Bay:  Associate Vice President, Special Assistant to the President 4 years-- Executive Office of the President, Washington DC.  President Jimmy Carter Daniel J. Edelman Public Relations, Coakely-Heagerty Advertising & Public Relations Campaign Manager:  Supervisor Bruce McPherson, Cotoni - Coast Dairies National Monument Consultant:  Fort Ord National Monument, California-Forward, Stockton Unified School District Police Department University of California:  Ten Meter Telescope / Lick Observatory   Learn more at

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Assemblyman Mark Ston
  • Sheriff Jim Hart
  • Congressman Sam Farr

Organizations (3)

  • UCSC College Democratic Club
  • Women's Club
  • Evolve California

Elected Officials (2)

  • Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty
  • Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson

Individuals (7)

  • The Honorable Gary Reece
  • The Honorable Bill Lee
  • The Honorable Toby Goddard
  • The Honorable Reed Geisreiter
  • The Honorable Cynthia Chase
  • The Honorable Fred Keeley
  • Former Mayor Hilary Bryant

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