Monthly Archives: November 2009

Lester thanks voters for election lead

Central Ward City Council candidate Debbi Lester had an apparent unbeatable lead in early election returns released Tuesday night. Her opponent, Dee DuMont, conceded defeat shortly after results showed Lester with 53 percent of the vote to DuMont’s 46 percent.

The north and south ward races were too close to call on Tuesday.

Below is a statement Lester released this morning.

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School bond is close…again

The $42 million Bainbridge school bond was passing last night, but by only .19 percent.

That means the bond could, again, come down to just a handful of votes.

Early returns on Tuesday night showed the bond taking 60.19 percent. The bond needs a super-majority of 60 percent to pass.

A virtually identical bond failed by a few votes in May.

We’ll have an updated vote tally by 5 p.m. today.

For more, read Marietta Nelson’s story here.

Lester, Hytopoulos and Scales leading in early results

The first batch of election results show Debbi Lester, Kirsten Hytopoulos and Bob Scales leading in the three City Council races.

North Ward
Scales: 51.13 percent
Vancil: 48.17 percent

Central Ward
Lester: 53.33 percent
DuMont: 46.17 percent

South Ward
Hytopoulos: 50.47
Jacobsen: 49.02

Read the candidates’ election night comments in my story below….

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Bainbridge ballots streaming in

Kitsap election officials told me today that 41 percent of Bainbridge voters have cast a ballot as of yesterday evening.

Many more are expected to come in today from ballot drop off locations and through last-minute mailings.

The 2007 general election (the last time a presidential race was not on the general election ballot) drew almost 62 percent on Bainbridge.

Elections officials are expecting a comparable turnout for today’s election.

Check back here around 8 p.m. today for the first election results update.

UPDATED: Student attacked with knife at BHS

An 8th-grade student attacked and injured a 12th-grader with a knife at Bainbridge High School on Monday afternoon.

The victim suffered a minor laceration when a 14-year-old Woodward Middle School student attacked him on school grounds shortly after classes ended at 3 p.m., Bainbridge police said.

The suspect, who was arrested shortly after 3:20 p.m., was booked into the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center for first- and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.
Bainbridge police and school officials are not releasing names because the parties involved are juveniles.

The 17-year-old victim was treated by the school nurse immediately after the incident.

“He was given a Band-Aid and referred to a parent,” Bainbridge Island School District spokeswoman Pam Keyes said. “It was not a deep wound.”

According to witnesses, the suspect verbally challenged the victim moments before swinging a folding knife at him and striking his upper arm.

The suspect swung his knife at a second student who tackled the suspect and tried to restrain him. The suspect broke free but was confronted and arrested without incident by police near the High School Road-Madison Avenue intersection. The second student was not injured.

Police and school officials do not know the motive for the confrontation.

Police are asking witnesses and other people with information about the incident to call (206) 842-5211.