Larry Stokes was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1979, serving as a Commissioner until 1989. In 2008 and 2014, Commissioner Stokes was reelected to the Port Board of Commissioners. Key priorities for Commissioner Stokes are to work to boost public outreach and increase the occupancy of the Port's marina and existing facilities to create new jobs and grow the revenue generated by Port businesses.
Commissioner Stokes is a firm believer that the taxpayers, "who are the owners of the Port of Bremerton," should get a reasonable and fair return on their investment. Larry is a 20-year Navy veteran who specialized in the medical aspects of deep sea diving. After retiring from the Navy, he founded Stokes Auction Inc., a well-known Kitsap auction company. Stokes Auction Inc. is a third-generation family business with a proud commitment to the community. It's now owned and operated by his daughter, a long-time employee of the auction company.