Eight months from today, on Tuesday, December 4, of this year, 2012, we could have two newly elected port commissioners join the present three at that day's port meeting. If we want. It is entirely up to us, the citizens and voters of Whatcom County. (I've corrected the nine months from my first post - simple arithmetic)
In 1994, State Representative Harriet Spanel, introduced and got the legislature and governor to pass and sign a law that allowed voters to expand the port to five commissioners. Port commissioners can put the measure on the ballot, but the people can do it themselves. We can easily decide to create two at-large seats, with one elected every two years to a four year term. The current three commission seats would continue to be elected to four year terms from the respective three county districts.
We can, if we want.