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Byline: Bob Young
Aug. 6--The last time Seattle Port Commissioner Bob Edwards ran for re-election he faced token opposition. But this year five challengers have lined up to try to take Edwards' seat -- all blaming him for problems at the Port when they're not taking shots at each other.
Gael Tarleton, the best-financed challenger to Edwards in the Aug. 21 primary, criticizes Edwards for "lackadaisical leadership" and promoting a "culture of secrecy" at the Port.
Tarleton, who works at the University of Washington's Office of Global Affairs, says the Port has lost public trust because of recent controversies over a proposed $340,000 severance package for former Port CEO Mic Dinsmore, and over Port police sending sexually explicit e-mails.
"My number one goal is to reform the Port so voters regain trust," said Tarleton, who also has worked as a Pentagon intelligence expert on Russia and a vice president for SAIC, a federal contractor specializing in national security.
She's been endorsed by King County …