Daily Archives: August 3, 2011

Clock is ticking to file for Bainbridge port district race

Thursday is the last day to file to run for the proposed Port of Bainbridge Island.

The November ballot will let Bainbridge voters decide whether to create the new taxing district. At the same time, voters will chose the port district’s first batch of commissioners. If the port measure fails, the commission candidates will have to seek work/public service elsewhere.

There are five commissioner spots. Candidates won’t campaign directly against each other. The top five vote-getters in the race will serve on the commission if the port measure passes.

County elections officials decided on a very short filing period. It began on Tuesday and ends on Thursday at 5 p.m. So if you want to run (there is no filing fee, by the way), toss your hat in the ring here.

Port backers say they’re scrambling to find people to run. When I wrote about this issue last week, only four names were being floated as possible candidates. Most were associated with the city harbor commission and/or island yacht clubs.

The port district may have a broad reach, touching on marine environmental issues, the liveaboard community, pubic road ends, tourism, public docks and boat haul-out facilities. Some nearby port districts even run their own ferries (Kingston), air ports and industrial parks (Bremerton) and marinas (Poulsbo).

The money at the Bainbridge port’s disposal is expected to start at an annual $600,000. Commissioners are paid on the order of $90 per meeting they attend.

Here’s a link to the port backers’ website.

Bainbridge man named the sixth ‘most beautiful’ person in Washington D.C.

Photo: The Hill

You dream of a life in politics, you get into the right college, you get good grades, you make the right connections, you land a good job in D.C., you work hard and finally, FINALLY somebody notices …. you’re beautiful.

That’s how it happened for 2005 Bainbridge High grad Zach Mallove, who was ranked number six in The Hill’s 50 most beautiful people working at the nation’s capital.

“These days life may be ‘beautiful’ for Zach Mallove, but his start on Capitol Hill wasn’t quite as pretty,” begins the Hill’s profile of the 24-year-old legislative aide for Sen. Patty Murray.

The unprettiness Mallove had to overcome was the D.C. subway system. A subway mixup on his first day made him 45 minutes late (possibly also due to what he admits is a lengthy morning grooming routine).

Arriving late was “obviously, not the best first impression,” Mallove told The Hill.

But what he lacked in punctuality was surely made up for in beauty. He got to keep his job and “he’s likely got a long career ahead of him,” declared the Seattle Weekly after reading the Hill’s profile.

For more about Mallove (including his nightlife preferences, calorie-busting workout routine and his thoughts on the Senate’s debt ceiling agreement (just kidding), head over here.