Council District 4 — An Invitation

Four residents are contending for the city council fourth district seat and today you get a small slice of what they want to see the city do.

There will be more later this week. The candidates will kick off this year’s Eggs & Issues debates Thursday. I’ll be there to report on it and will have a story later that morning, but there should be room at the Family Pancake House should you want to go yourself.

In the Olympian piece I referred to a few days ago Mayor Cary Bozeman is quoted as saying you have to have a plan to succeed.

That is somewhat interesting given that the current District 4 councilwoman Wendy Priest has been arguing for the completion of the Sub-Area planning process before moving forward on property tax breaks for developers.

Three of the candidates have posted comments here. How about we make it official? How about we post questions here and allow the candidates to answer them online? I’d be interested in knowing whether you readers would welcome such a forum and whether the candidates would be willing to participate.

What say ye?

5 thoughts on “Council District 4 — An Invitation

  1. I would be happy to answer questions on this blog.

    Next Tuesday, August 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 4th District voters are also invited to come and share their thoughts with Mayor Bozeman and me at The Coffee Oasis (822 Burwell). I’m very honored to have the Mayor’s endorsement and support in my race and I’m sure next Tuesday will be a great opportunity for all of us to share our ideas about Bremerton’s future.

  2. Steven, I say YES to making an official place. I have been having some great conversations with Trent and Carlos regarding other topics on the Bremerton Beat as well as meeting with them in person.

    This forum is a great tool for both candidates and community members. I was just mentioning to someone last night, that a lot of people complain about how representation does not appear to be either accessible or willing to listen In the past six months I have found the opposite to be true. When I had a problem with the Bremerton School Board I went to one of their meetings and talked to them. They each personally thanked me for both my ideas and my criticisms and encouraged me to continue to communicate with them anytime.

    I first engaged both Carlos and Trent here on this bog. Both have shown a willingness to discuss any number of issues with me. While I am officially endorsing Trent, I feel that both gentlemen have a genuine caring and understanding towards the needs of their community. I would be happy to work with either one of them whatever their endeavors.

    Helping to turn Naval Avenue Elementary into the true community and neighborhood resource it has the potential to become is a real passion of mine. I encourage not just District 4 candidates to talk to me here, but all city and community leadership.

    Colleen Smidt

  3. Steven,

    Just a correction…Mrs. Smdit isn’t one of the four candidates but I think she should be in the future. Though I don’t agree with her on certain issues, she has a passion for this community that is sorely needed.

    On the issue of the candidates’ blog, count me in. Any outlet to connect with the voters serves the interests of democracy and good government.

    Roy Runyon
    City Council District 4

  4. Roy, Thank you for the very large compliment and your willingness to participate in these discussions. Recently I have found that I have a much larger voice and am listened to much more closely by just being an average voter, resident, parent and PTA member. I do admire all of you who step forward and put yourselves out there as candidates. It is not easy. Thank you for being a member of my community and taking the time to listen.

    Colleen Smidt

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