Council Leadership Elections Coming Up

The Bremerton City Council will be considering new leadership with the new year.

Twice-elected Council President Will Maupin said Wednesday he has enjoyed serving as what amounts to the council’s “department head” and said he would serve again if nominated and elected, but he wasn’t actively seeking the post.

Cecil McConnell, who had previously served as president, said he was considering a run, and Brad Gehring said he wanted to run for the position.

That’s three possible contenders, with one confirmed.

As for vice-president, Dianne Robinson said it was a good learning experience, but she wouldn’t run for the post that’s a heartbeat away from the council president.

Instead, Robinson said she was interested in vying for a committee chairmanship.

The only confirmed candidate for vice is the council’s newest member, Roy Runyon.

“I always wanted to be vice-president,” Runyon said. “Or an admiral.”

Among the president’s responsibilities are supervising the council’s two staff members, representing the city at interlocal events, leading meetings and setting committee assignments.

The council will vote on new leadership at its first meeting of the year, Jan. 7.

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