Daily Archives: June 1, 2009

Stoknes will not seek a second council term

Central Ward City Councilman Kjell Stoknes said today he will not seek a second term.

“It’s time for someone else to take the rein,” he said. “I will have had four interesting, challenging years and am ready to move into the next project.”

Stoknes, a former real estate appraiser and municipal planner, defeated sales executive Doug Smith in a mildly contested race four years ago. Both candidates had similar platforms, promoting higher density downtown and environmental preservation in the Winslow area.

Stoknes has lately expressed a hesitance to run because of the deep divisions on the council over Winslow Way utility work, the Winslow sewer plant upgrade and financial matters.

UPDATED: Hytopoulos first out of the gate in City Council races

Kirsten Hytopoulos
Kirsten Hytopoulos
Community activist Kirsten Hytopoulos announced today she will run for the South Ward City Council seat currently held by Chris Snow.

Hytopoulos, a 39-year-old Blakely Court resident, is the first candidate to formally announce a bid for one of the three council positions slated for November’s ballot. Her announcement was followed by information posted on the Kitsap County Auditor’s website that Bill Point resident Tim Jacobsen is also running for the South Ward position. More on his candidacy later.

Hytopoulos’ community activism has focused on environmental and city financial issues.

“With a new form of government and a community looking for positive change, we have a unique opportunity to create a responsive and responsible city government that reflects our community’s core values,” Hytopoulos said in a statement. “It’s time to recommit our city government to the community’s shared vision, which includes preserving our unique island character and way of life while living within our means, fiscally and environmentally.”

Hytopoulos is the founder of the Green Voices for Bainbridge Island Internet site and was a co-founder of the Save Winslow Way Coalition, a group concerned about future development on downtown’s main thoroughfare.

She was also active with the a group advocating the city’s recent switch to a council-manager form of government.

Hytopoulos is self-described full-time mother of three. She has worked as a prosecuting attorney in Seattle and taught college-level criminal justice in Bangor and Whidbey Island.

Snow, who was elected unopposed almost four years ago, has not decided if he’ll seek reelection.