Six candidates are looking to fill the central ward vacancy on
the Bainbridge Island City Council since David Ward resigned at the
end of last year.
The six that have applied for the position are Monica Aufrecht,
John Green, Joe Levan, Greg Millerd, Gary Pettersen and Michael
The council will interview candidates during a public meeting
this month before voting on and choosing the new council member to
finish Ward’s term, which ends in December 2015. Council members
serve four year terms, earning $1,000 a month. The mayor earns
$1,250 a month.
Aufrecht is a college instructor who moved to the island in
2012. She earned a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of
Washington, where she is now an instructor. She also teaches at
Seattle Central College.
Last year, she served as a committee member for the Metropolitan
Parks and Recreation District for the island, helping with the new
Strawberry Hill Dog Park.
Aufrecht’s top three priorities on the council would be
affordable housing, reducing pollution in Puget Sound and traffic
Green owns and manages his own development and construction
company on the island, where he has lived for 20 years. With his
business he has worked with city planners, the public works
department and city council, among other government agencies.
Green ran for the central ward position in 2011, losing in the
primary election with 14.35 percent of the vote.
Green’s top three priorities would be the comprehensive plan,
stormwater cleanup and fiscal responsibilities. He suggested
“outsourcing” and raising the car tab fee, which is set at $20.
Raising the car tab fee would require a vote from residents.
Levan has lived on the island since 1995, and is an attorney
currently working for the Municipal Research and Services Center in
Seattle. He has provided legal services to multiple cities and
served as interim assistant city manager of Maple Valley in 2007,
where he also served as city attorney.
Levan earned two bachelor’s degrees from Seattle University in
1989, before earning his law degree from the same college a decade
He ran for the central ward position in 2011, losing in the
general election to David Ward by about 1,000 votes.
Levan’s three priorities would be a smooth transition after
Ward’s resignation, creating a safe and green community, as well as
a more diversified economy.
Millerd is a commercial real estate agent with Cushman &
Wakefield, where he has been for about 20 years.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and mass
community cation from the University of Wisconsin before earning a
masters in business at Pepperdine University in Malibu,
Millerd’s top two priorities would be to evaluate the city’s
current real estate portfolio and review having a joint police and
fire station. “It makes no sense to me that both the fire
departments and police department would have unique facilities,” he
wrote in his application. The city council voted 5-2 against a
combination station last fall.
Petterson, who most recently worked for Boeing Everett plant,
has served on the planning commissioner for Winslow and Bainbridge
He worked most of his career as a draftsman and computer
programmer throughout the greater Seattle area.
Petterson also served in the Army from 1967 to 1971.
His top three priorities would be keeping downtown Winslow
pedestrian friendly, help resolve ferry traffic congestion and
broadcasting city council meetings again.
Bainbridge Island Television, which use to broadcast council
meetings, went off air in 2010. The meetings can be streamed lived
from the city’s website or viewed on BKAT.
Scott, an attorney with Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson in
Seattle, has lived on the island since 1989. And he served on the
Bainbridge Island School Board from 2001 to 2004.
His law practice focuses on litigation between commercial
disputes, as well as arbitration and mediation.
Scott’s top three priorities as a council member would be
balancing development with open space, improving infrastructure
surrounding the ferry terminal and maintaining economic business
centers — downtown Winslow, Lynwood Center and Rolling Bay, among