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Bremerton to have a one-month council member

May 13th, 2013 by Steven Gardner

Remember how we had to elect a member of Congress to serve in the First Congressional District for one month following Jay Inslee’s resignation? Same goes in Bremerton, it seems.

Despite the fact that the Bremerton City Council named an interim council member, Wendy Priest, following the resignation of Roy Runyon, county elections officials say there has to be someone elected to fill the remainder of the term. That election will be in November and the new person would serve from the day the election is certified, late November, until the day a new council is sworn in, early January.

Again, what makes this necessary is redistricting. The council boundaries will change beginning in January. In fact, they’ll go from nine council seats to seven.

statefilingFiling for races across the state and in the county has begun. To the right appears to be the first filing in the state, an 8 a.m. entry by Republican Bill Brunson of Legislative Distirct 7. As we pointed out in the story about the legislative race in the 26th District, odd-year elections are typically reserved for local races, such as city councils and port and utility commissioners.

This year, though, voters in the 26th Legislative District will get to participate in a high profile race. I plan to add more to the blog later about the nature of that race and why it’s high profile, as well as diving further into some side issues.

The county will update county filings beginning at noon. Candidates can file online now, but Dolores Gilmore, county elections manager, said there is still a need to verify a candidate’s eligibility before the filing is posted online.

10 a.m. update: Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and Bremerton City Councilmen Adam Brockus and Greg Wheeler were among the first to file for re-election this week. Also running for Bremerton City Council, the first to file in District 5, is Dino Davis. In Port Orchard incumbent Jerry Childs filed, and Bek Ashby filed to run for Position 2. In Poulsbo Ed Stern is running for re-election. Ken Ames will run to retain his North Kitsap School Board seat, and in Central Kitsap Victoria Crescenzi filed to run for the seat she sought appointment to. In the South Kitsap School District Rebecca Diehl will run for the District 4 seat held by Kathryn Simpson. Larry Stokes is running to hold on to his Port of Bremerton seat. Fire districts and other port districts also have candidates.

Noon update: Becky Erickson is running for re-election as mayor in Poulsbo. Faye Flemister and Nick Wofford have filed to run to hold onto Bremerton City Council seats. Val Tollefson wants Bob Scales’ Bainbridge Island council seat. Jeanie Schulze will be running to keep the seat she was just appointed to, facing off against at least Victoria Crescenzi.

2 p.m. update: John Green is running for Debbi Lester’s seat on the Bainbridge Island City Council. In Bremerton Cynthia Triplett Galloway wants the First District seat. Robert B. Putaansuu seeks re-election to his Port Orchard City Council seat. So does Christopher J. Lemke for his South Kitsap School Board seat. In Manchester Steve Pedersen and James E. Strode both have seats on the Port of Manchester and the Manchester Water District seats. Pedersen, so far, has only signed up for the port board and Strode has only signed to run for the water district. I believe the next update will be the last one of the day.

5:30 p.m. Jerry McDonald joined the race for the Bremerton City Council seat Adam Brockus wants. Jerry Childs seeks re-election to the Port Orchard City Council. So does Jim Henry in Poulsbo. In the North Kitsap School District Cindy Webster-Martinson will run for the seat currently held by Tom Anderson. Bruce Richards is running for re-election for his Central Kitsap School Board seat.

More tomorrow.

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5 Responses to “Bremerton to have a one-month council member”

  1. Colleen Smidt Says:

    What a cluster for my district. No confusion for voters at all and even worse no more free commenting or access on the Kitsap Sun website to correct inaccuracies or dispel miss-information. Fantastic (sarcasm)

  2. Randy Cronin Says:

    I personally believe the current city council and mayor should be impeached for their complictness in the fraud and corruption which is the Red Light camera as owned operated and maintained by RedFlex Inc.
    Mayor Lent and the city Council have repeatedly swept the following issues under the rug.
    A. The use of a unsworn, unqualified “judge” to hear the Redflex cases in the Bremerton Municipal Court. Under the guidance of James Docter this “judge” wore a robe in order to give the impression she had legitimate authority.
    B. The Robo signing of Redflex tickets in Arizona even though the BPD cop is off duty the day his name is signed and dated by REDflex Inc. out of state “under the penalty of perjury…..is TRUE and Correct” yet the cop was not even on duty that day!!!!
    C. The use of city Attorney to act as the plaintiff in a Redflex infraction and as the defender of the fake judge in the same case and then to act as the investigator and denier of a formal complaint filed against the city regarding the same issue.
    D. For selling the Redflex program as a SAFETY program and then to repeadetly ignore the proven fact, that best way to reduce red light running, is to properly adjust the yellow light timing. This proves they are ignoring a safety issue in order to PROFIT.

    All the above issues have been brought to the mayor and City Council’s attention and yet they have blatently ignored this corrupted and fraudulent red light program for three years. …….. impeach or recall all those involved

  3. rotebarone Says:

    As to “Bremerton to have a one-month council member”

    I believe significant cost savings could be had without changing the outcome in the least by filling the seat with a rotation of the 32 registered sex offenders living in zip code 98312, invited in by the City (at $1500 each – helps balance the budget). In this way the city council members will have an opportunity to interact in close quarters with the consequences of their decisions, as they expect us to do. ‘Seems only fair, doesn’t it?

    Source: http://www.city-data.com/soz/soz-98312.html#ixzz2TED7zfkG

  4. Ducttapeo1 Says:

    How does one month make a difference?

    Ms. Priest has had an excuse to miss a whole months worth of meetings since her appointment. How many Kitsap Transit Board and City Council meetings has Nick Wofford blown off in one year?

    And about Roy Runyon, he shows up to more functions and asks questions, while his replacement is MIA and quiet.

    While there’s a special election for that seat, for one month, let’s ask the electorate a question.

    Q. Do you think the RP1 was piloted by a couple of drunk government officials when it ran aground? Might as well use the space to answer an obvious question…..

  5. countinggthepennies Says:

    Agree Duct. Roy Runyon shows up at more city official functions as a citizen now days then Nick “kick-the-can” Wofford and Wendy “no show” Priest do combined. Looking forward to seeing Runyon back on the council while Faye “undecided” Flemister is “still deciding”.

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