Brackett won’t seek second City Council term

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — City Councilwoman Kim Brackett will not seek a second term on the Bainbridge City Council.

Brackett cited “family obligations” as her reason for not seeking re-election.

“Family always comes first,” she said on Thursday. Brackett has a husband and a college-age daughter.

No candidates have yet stepped forward to fill her South Ward seat.

Brackett has been a dissenting voice against large-scale city projects, including Winslow Way reconstruction and the Winslow sewer plant upgrade.

One of her most recent accomplishments was helping the Bainbridge senior center move forward with a long sought-after remodel.

She often paired with Councilman Bill Knobloch, who also decided not to seek another term, in calling for greater financial restraint.

“I’m proud of everything the council accomplished in stabilizing (the budget),” Brackett said.

With Brackett and himself leaving the council at year’s end, Knobloch said the city needs a fresh set of fiscal watchdogs.

“Hopefully, other citizens will step up that have fiscal management as a priority,” Knobloch said.
Only two people have declared themselves candidates for the four open council seats.

Councilman Barry Peters said he will run for a second term, but is unsure whether he’ll seek his current at-large position or Knobloch’s Central Ward position. Property developer John Green, who was invited to run by Knobloch, is seeking the Central Ward position.

Councilwoman Hilary Franz remains undecided on whether she’ll seek a second term. No one has declared candidacy for her North Ward position.

Brackett earned her council seat in 2008 by narrowly defeating perennial council candidate Curt Winston.
She left a management job with Sound Transit in 2002 to devote herself to parenting and environmental activism.

Before her council term, Brackett was active in efforts to preserve Blakely Harbor and she wrote about environmental issues for the Bainbridge Buzz blog.

She represents Bainbridge on the Kitsap Transit board, Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council and the Puget Sound Regional Council’s transportation board.