Coppola Has Challenger for Mayor’s Seat

Update, 8:19 p.m. June 7: Lary Coppola called me after this entry was posted to say that, in the quote below, he meant to say “disappointed,” not “surprised.” So, given his intent, the quote should read, “I never expected that I would have run unopposed,” said Coppola. “I’m very disappointed it was Tom, because he was talking to me a great deal about who he should run against in the city council.” – Chris

Here’s the story I posted earlier:
Tom Saunders, a real estate appraiser and political neophyte, will take on
Kitsap Business Journal Publisher Lary Coppola in the race for Port Orchard
Mayor. Coppola announced his intention to run in May and filed earlier this
week.
Incumbent Mayor Kim Abel announced in April she will not seek a second term.
Saunders, who attended a recent workshop for prospective candidates at Port
Orchard City Hall, said he had been thinking about running for one of the
City Council positions, but that friends encouraged him to run for Abel’s
seat, “so at the last minute, I decided to run for mayor.”
Coppola expressed surprise at Saunders’ decision.
“I never expected that I would have run unopposed,” said Coppola. “I’m very
surprised it was Tom, because he was talking to me a great deal about who he
should run against in the city council.”
Coppola appeared to welcome the challenge.
“I’d be happy to debate him,” he said. “There’s a number of important issues
facing the city, and I’d be happy to debate him any time any place.”
Coppola has said his priorities for the city are economic development in
downtown Port Orchard, reducing crime and improving technology.
Saunders, who has never run for a political office, said if elected he would
focus on economic growth,”bringing business back to Port Orchard and
developing the marina.”
Saunders said he would be responsive to his constituents.
“I’m looking at what the people of Port Orchard want and follow what they
want,” he said.
Saunders, who was born in Bremerton, has lived in South Kitsap since the
early 1980s. He moved from Manchester to the City Of Port Orchard last year,
and had been thinking of running for a seat on the city council, but that
was not the primary reason for the move, he said. He is a long-time member
of Port Orchard Kiwanis and has been active in the community for many years.

One thought on “Coppola Has Challenger for Mayor’s Seat

  1. Mark Twain said: “The difference between the right word and the almost
    right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

    Now that Coppola is “disappointed” instead of “surprised”, I wonder whether
    or not he still appears to welcome the challenge? No matter; future “quotes”
    posted here will be read with a grain of salt. Thanks for the heads-up.

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