The 30-day nomination period for a new port commissioner to replace termed-out Stephen Cushman expired last week, but Council President Scott Peters said it will be extended into January because no new candidates have been floated.

The vacancy on the commission has made waves in the recent weeks, as several outside groups have rallied behind allowing Cushman a third term on the board that oversees the five-city port.

At his media briefing Thursday, Peters said he has noticed that the names of possible nominees have not garnered the support that will likely be needed for appointment. He said that issues such as attitudes toward waterfront jobs, position on labor issues, experience on public boards, and background in planning have divided council members on the suggested individuals.

Cushman’s term expires in early January.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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