Early returns in voting Tuesday show Bainbridge Island School
District voters narrowly approving a $42 million construction bond
while several school board races produced surprising results.
The Bainbridge bond was passing with 60.19 percent of the vote,
just squeaking over the
two-thirds 60 percent
supermajority vote needed to pass a bond. An almost identical
measure failed by the slimmest of margins, less than 1 percent or
19 votes, in May.
Replacing Wilkes Elementary will consume $32 million of the bond;
the remaining $10 million will be spent for renovations at six
schools, the transportation facility and the administration
“We are absolutely thrilled,” said school board President Mary
Curtis. “We’re hanging on to our 60 percent margin and we all could
not be more pleased.”
A second ballot count will be completed at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
In Bremerton, current school board President Cynthia Galloway
and challenger David Boynton were in a dead heat for the Position
#4 seat. Galloway held a slight lead over Boynton with 49.85
percent of the vote to his 49.57 percent
In the race for Position #1 on the board, Scott Rahm had a 17-point
lead over Christianne Martin. Rahm received 58 percent while Martin
had 41. The winner in that race will fill out the term of Pat
Jones, who resigned from the board in May. The term runs through
the end of 2011.Carolynn Perkins was up by 27 points over Ruben
Garcia in the race for Position #5. The winner in that race will
take the place of long-time board member DeWayne Boyd, who declared
earlier this year that he would not run for a third time.
In South Kitsap, Director District 3 challenger Christopher
Lemke held a significant lead – 22 points – over incumbent Naomi
Polen. Lemke had gathered 60 percent of the vote while Polen had 38
percent. Polen has served on the SK board since spring 2008; Lemke
served on the board previously from 2001 to 2005. Incumbent Kathryn
Simpson, who was not challenged, received 97 percent of the vote.
She represents District 4.
In Central Kitsap, incumbent Eric Greene had an early lead over
challenger Richard Romero. Greene, who currently represents
Director Area 5, received 60 percent of the vote while Romero had
38 percent. In the race for Director Area 2, Mark Gaines collected
62 percent of the vote to take the lead over Robert MacDermid, who
had 37 percent. District Area 2 is currently represented by
long-time board member Carl Johnson, who did not run. Incumbent
Bruce Richards, who represents District Area 1, was unchallenged.
He received 98 percent of the vote.
In North Mason’s District 5 race, with 56 percent of the vote,
incumbent Mike Gaudio was defeating Danielle Skeeters, who has
collected 43 percent of the vote.
In North Kitsap, District 1 incumbent Tom Anderson, who was not
challenged, received 98 percent of the vote. NK newcomer Kathleen
Dassel, the only candidate to file for Director District 3 to
replace Melanie Mohler, received 97.8 percent of the vote. On
Bainbridge incumbent Mary Curtis (District 5) received 98 percent
of the vote; Mike Spence, who was running unopposed for District 2,
also received 98 percent of the vote.