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Get to Know Your Candidates at October Forums

Election season is upon us, and the League of Women Voters of Kitsap will be holding four public forums in October to help voters get acquainted with candidates and issues on the November ballot.

Here’s the schedule:

Oct. 4: Bainbridge City Council Chambers
6:30-9 p.m.

Council District 1 – At Large: Steven Bonkowski and Barry Peters
Council District 2 – North Ward: Anne S. Blair and Melanie M. Keenan
Council District 4 – Central Ward: David Ward and Joe Levan
Council District 6 – South Ward: Sarah Blossom and Robert Dashiel
Bring your questions for the candidates.
Forum will be taped and broadcast later on BKAT

Oct. 6: Port Orchard City Council Chambers
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Port Orchard Mayor: Tim Mathes and Lary Coppola
City Council Position #5: Amy Miller and Cindy Lucarelli
City Council At-Large: Ben Pinneo and Jerry Childs
South Kitsap School Board District 5: Gregory Wall and Adele Macomber LaCombe
Bring your questions for the candidates.

Oct. 10: Norm Dicks Government Center, Bremerton
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bremerton City Council, District #2: Cecil McConnell and Leslie Daugs
Port of Bremerton Commissioner, District 3: Axel Strakeljahn and Shawn Cucciardi
Discussion of Kitsap County’s proposal for a Veterans Human Services Levy
Bring your questions for the candidates.
Forum will be taped and broadcast later on BKAT

Oct. 13: Poulsbo City Hall
6:30 to 9 p.m.
County Commissioner, District #1: Chris Tibbs and Rob Gelder
Poulsbo City Council Position #2: Mike Dunphy and Connie Lord
North Kitsap School Board, District #4: Scott Henden and Val Torrens
Bring your questions for the candidates.
Forum will be taped and broadcast later on BKAT

For information on forums call (360) 871-3993.

Marking the Day

Carolyn Powers, Port Orchard’s only female council member, read a proclamation announcing Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day at the Tuesday (Aug. 10) council meeting. Leaguers Joyce Maddock and Ann Smith and Kitsap Historical Society President Susan Daniel all attended and donned hats to honor their grandmothers and the struggle for women’s right to vote.

Instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights 90 years ago, in 1920.
All of Kitsap’s cities and the county are issuing proclamations this year at the request of the League. Bremerton made its proclamation on Aug. 4, Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island are scheduled to issue theirs on Aug. 18, and the county on Aug. 23. The League plans to have members and supporters at all the meetings and is inviting them to wear hats.
The League’s big Suffrage Celebration is planned for Sept. 10 from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. Cost is $25. Anyone who wishes to attend is asked to make reservations by Sept. 3 by sending a check for $25 payable to the League of Women Voters Kitsap to LWVK, Box 1524, Poulsbo, WA 98370. For information on the event call 360-697-7924.

PO Council Candidates Want to Keep Small-Town Character

Candidates for Port Orchard City Council all agree that the city needs to preserve its small-town character and historical flavor while improving its downtown and annexing some new territory.
The main differences revealed in Wednesday’s League of Women Voters of Kitsap forum were in style and approach. Ann Smith, chair of voter education, moderated the forum.
Cindy Lucarelli, a former flower shop owner in Madison, Wis., who is challenging longtime council member Carolyn Powers for Position 3, emphasized her dedication to making Port Orchard a tourist destination. She served as executive director of Cedar Cove Days, a festival that brought people from 42 states to the area and inspired local business owners to spruce up their buildings.
Powers, a five-term veteran on the council and widow of former mayor Paul Powers, emphasized her long history of service and her devotion to fiscal responsibility. Port Orchard is the only city in the county that has not had to furlough or lay off employees, she noted.
On the subject of a full-time versus a part-time mayor, the candidates seemed to agree that Port Orchard needs a full-timer, but disagreed on exactly how to achieve the goal.
Fred Chang, the incumbent in Position 6, said he voted against a temporary full-time assignment for Mayor Lary Coppola (who sat in the audience) because he’d like to see citizens get a chance to vote on the change.
Amy Igloi-Matsuno, Chang’s challenger and owner of Amy’s on the Bay restaurant, said the city needs a full-time mayor and that she did not favor a public vote.
Jerry Childs, running unopposed for reelection to the At Large position, noted that Port Orchard is the only city in the county with a part-time mayor.
All the candidates said they would be voting against Initiative 1033, the anti-property tax initiative sponsored by Tim Eyman.
“I don’t like taxes either,” said Robert Putaansuu, running unopposed for Position 3, “but if I have to call 911, I want them — firefighters, medics or police — to be there.”
Most of the candidates would like to see the city agree on a vision for downtown that includes getting parking off the waterfront and probably building an underground parking structure on Prospect Street with the library on top. And they want to annex and develop the Bethel Corridor.
BKAT will air the forum several times in the coming days. See the schedule at www.bkat.org for exact times.
For more information on the statewide initiatives, be sure to attend the League of Women Voters of Kitsap’s forum on Oct. 21. It will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Eagles Nest, near the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Speakers on both sides of the issues will discuss the ballot issue and answer questions.

Meet Port Orchard City Council Candidates

The League of Women Voters of Kitsap will host a forum for Port Orchard City Council candidates at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Port Orchard City Hall, 216 Prospect St.
Candidates are Cindy Lucarelli and Carolyn Powers for Position 2; Robert Putaansuu (unopposed) for Position 3; Fred Chang and Amy Igloi-Matsuno for Position 6; and Jerry Childs (unopposed) for At Large.
Note that the date has been changed. The forum was originally planned for Oct. 15 but was moved to accommodate participants’ schedules.
The public is welcome to attend and to submit questions for the candidates. For information call (360) 871-3993.