District 1. Term: 2014-2019
Elected to a six-year term in 2013, Bruce brings a strong business and legal background to his role as Port Commissioner, diversifying and building on the skills and knowledge of the other commissioners. A former educator and small business owner, Bruce also spent 24 years as an attorney, advising and working with businesses of all types and sizes. During his legal career,
Bruce received the highest rating for ethical standards and professional excellence from Martindale-Hubble, was listed by Seattle Met Magazine as one of Seattle’s Top Lawyers and was recognized by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for five straight years before retiring in 2012.
Bruce was born and raised in Montana, but has lived most of his life in western Washington. Growing up, he developed a life-long appreciation of the outdoors, skiing, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing in the mountains in and around Glacier National Park. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and Economics from Whitworth College, a graduate degree in Education from the University of Washington and a Law degree from Gonzaga University. He and his wife were married in 1973; they have two adult children and three grandchildren. The family moved to Bainbridge Island in 1989 and Bruce and Barb moved to Kingston in 2006.
As commissioner, Bruce hopes to preserve Kingston’s quiet charm while helping develop a community surrounded by natural beauty, diverse in its makeup and secure in its economy. The Port’s marina, beach and Mike Wallace Park are a foundation that can help attract businesses, jobs and families to Kingston. Bruce plans to build on the successes of the past to strengthen and expand Kingston’s economic base by fostering an atmosphere of collaboration, involvement and positive community awareness.
District 2. Term: 2016-2021
Mary McClure began serving as Port Commissioner, District 2, in January 2016. She brings a strong professional knowledge base built on 45 years’ experience providing consulting services and business solutions for both private companies and public projects. Her experience spans cities throughout the nation, Puget Sound, and especially Kitsap County, with focus on the intersection of economic and community development. As a professional facilitator, she brings a passion for building relationships that promote open communication and respectful dialogue within the community. Through a wide variety of projects, including serving 15+ years as Executive Director of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, Mary has gotten to know Kitsap’s communities and what good government looks like.
Close to home, she has been active in many Kingston volunteer projects. She co-founded and now co-manages the Kingston Farmer’s Market, and serves as Board President for the Village Green Foundation. Mary is a long-time Kingston resident, having lived on Apple Tree Cove since 1989. A recreational boater for over 30 years, Mary and her husband Jimmy James raised their children on Apple Tree Cove and the waters of the surrounding Puget Sound. Her fond memories of watching her children’s futures take shape here inspire her to seek out opportunities for Kingston’s economic future so that other families may build their own wonderful memories for many years to come.
Mary’s central goal is to see strong, balanced Port Leadership and to strengthen the Port’s role in exploring economic development opportunities throughout the community. She wants to promote coordination among government agencies so that Kingston enjoys the full range of services that we deserve. Fundamentally, Mary believes that government exists to serve the people.
District 3. Term: 2018-2023
Laura Gronnvoll is the Port’s new District 3 Commissioner, having been elected to a six-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Her family has lived in Kingston for over 40 years. She was married here and she and her husband, Sverre, raised their three children here.
Marine services have always played a major role in their lives. When Laura met her husband he was working at a propeller repair shop; now one of their sons, Erik, owns a propeller repair shop in Kingston.
“We are here to stay,” said Gronnvoll.
In addition to her duties as a Port Commissioner, Laura works at the local law office of Beebe, Roberts & Bryan as a paralegal/legal assistant.
“I know Kingston is changing and there are a lot of different opinions about the nature and desirability of those changes,” she said. “But we all love this town and I encourage everyone to take part in the conversation in a positive way.”