BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Bob Bosserman is withdrawing his candidacy
for Bainbridge Island City Council.
Bosserman announced his decision in a statement Friday. The
former Utility Advisory Committee member
was running against Roger Townsend and Dee McComb for the South
Ward position. Bosserman is now endorsing Townsend for the post. In
his statement, Bosserman said he believes Townsend shares his
“progressive and environmental” principles.
The South Ward position is currently held by Kirsten Hytopoulos,
who is not seeking reelection. Hytopoulos is Bosserman’s niece by
Update: The city passed the resolution Wednesday with a vote
of 5-1. David Ward voted against. Steve Bonkowski was
The City Council will decide Wednesday whether to add its voice
to the national conversation on gun control.
The council is set to consider a resolution advocating the
reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons, a federal ban of
high-capacity ammunition clips, and state and federal legislation
requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales. You can
read the full resolution here.
If approved, the resolution will be sent to the island’s state
and congressional representatives. It would not change any
regulations within the city.
Councilwoman Kirsten Hytopoulos introduced the resolution after
hearing from islanders about a need to take action on gun violence
issues in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting. A number
of cities have passed similar resolutions, she said.
“I feel pretty confident in the values of the community and what
I’ve heard,” Hytopoulos said at a Jan. 9 council meeting. “I feel
pretty comfortable bringing this forward, I think it’s not
considered controversial by most in this community.”
The council will also consider a resolution supporting a
countywide tax to pay for mental health and chemical dependency
treatment programs, and a resolution endorsing a letter by regional
mayors advocating increased transportation funding at the state
Bainbridge Sportsmen’s Club President Alan Kasper distributed an
open letter to the council detailing his stance on the issue. You
can read Kasper’s letter here (PDF), and feel free to
offer your own thoughts in the comment section.
Photo: Sharla Musabih of North Kitsap holds a candle at a
prayer vigil organized at Battle Point Park Dec. 15, in the wake of
the Newtown, Conn. shooting. (Tad Sooter photo)
Hytopoulos plans to make a formal proposal shortly after the
largely new City Council reconvenes early next month.
Her proposal is patterned after the one the Seattle City Council
unanimously approved on Monday, and follows similar bans passed by
Bellingham, Mukilteo and Edmonds. She’s also working with Environment
Washington, the group that helped pass the Seattle ban, and
Town & Country Market, which has been
promoting reusable bags for years.
But the inspiration for Hytopoulos’ proposal came – at least in
small part – from a viral Heal
the Bay-produced mockumentary. Entitled the “Majestic Plastic
Bag,” the short video (above) follows the lifespan of a plastic bag
as it completes its migration from a grocery store parking lot to
the Texas-size wad of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean.
“It’s horrible and it’s funny,” Hytopoulos said. “I may try to
get the council to bear with me and watch it.”
Community activist Kirsten Hytopoulos announced today she will run
for the South Ward City Council seat currently held by Chris Snow.
Hytopoulos, a 39-year-old Blakely Court resident, is the first
candidate to formally announce a bid for one of the three council
positions slated for November’s ballot. Her announcement was
followed by information posted on the Kitsap County Auditor’s
website that Bill Point resident Tim Jacobsen is also running for
the South Ward position. More on his candidacy later.
Hytopoulos’ community activism has focused on environmental and
city financial issues.
“With a new form of government and a community looking for
positive change, we have a unique opportunity to create a
responsive and responsible city government that reflects our
community’s core values,” Hytopoulos said in a statement. “It’s
time to recommit our city government to the community’s shared
vision, which includes preserving our unique island character and
way of life while living within our means, fiscally and
Hytopoulos is the founder of the Green Voices for Bainbridge
Island Internet site and was a co-founder of the Save Winslow Way
Coalition, a group concerned about future development on downtown’s
She was also active with the a group advocating the city’s
recent switch to a council-manager form of government.
Hytopoulos is self-described full-time mother of three. She has
worked as a prosecuting attorney in Seattle and taught
college-level criminal justice in Bangor and Whidbey Island.
Snow, who was elected unopposed almost four years ago, has not
decided if he’ll seek reelection.