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Winston running uncontested for City Council's south-end post

The Blakely Harbor resident enters uncontested race for Councilman Jim Llewellyn's seat.

Retired transportation manager Curt Winston announced Monday he will run for the City Council's South Ward seat.

The Seaborn Road resident will run on a platform of greater "fiscal responsibility" in city government and improved basic services, such as stromwater drainage and road repairs.

He hopes to replace Councilman Jim Llewellyn, who will not seek reelection.

No one besides Winston has officially announced a bid for Llewellyn's council seat, although retired military officer Robert Dashiell is considering a run.

He said the dearth of candidates running for council seats spurred him to run.

"I decided to run because I've got the time and the knowledge...and because of the fact that nobody else seemed interested," he said.

Winston, 66, has lived on Bainbridge for 24 years, with much of that time spent residing in a historic home on Blakely Harbor.

He recently ended a long career with the U.S Department of Transportation, where he served as administrator of the Northwest region.

The New Jersey native earned a degree in history from East Tennessee State University before embarking on an early career in New Jersey state politics.

He conducted research for the New Jersey Republican party in the late 1960s, was a legislative aid for two state senators and managed the New Jersey Office of Highway Safety for nearly a decade.

Winston has regularly attended Bainbridge council meetings over the years, speaking out on such issues as docks on Blakely Harbor, repairing Halls Hill Road and creating downtown parks.

Winston helped draft a city study on the issue of Eagle Harbor liveaboards in the 1980s and is a past commodore of Eagle Harbor Yacht Club.

He ran unsuccessfully for the council in the early 1990s, losing to Andy Maron.

Winston said he will bring an element of decisiveness to a council he says is saddled with indecision.

"There's too much process and not enough closure," he said. "Elected representatives aught to look at the facts and make decisions. But the (Bainbridge council) process is endless and, I think, inefficient."

Winston pledged to keep a tight reign on city finances. He opposes city funding for such projects as a downtown parking garage, which he believes should be paid for by the private sector.

"A multi-tiered parking garage for a little village like Winslow?" he asked, referring to a project proposed by the Winslow Tomorrow planning initiative. "I don't understand the reasoning for that. Why do we want to change (Winslow) into Bellevue?"

Winston will also promote tougher standards for community groups seeking city funding.

"I think organizations should fund themselves," he said.

Winston would like to see more public money go toward basic infrastructure such as shoring up flood-damaged Halls Hill Road and drainage culverts rather than towards

"spritzing up Winslow."

He pledged to conduct a "low-key" campaign with very little fundraising.

Winston's campaign can be reached at 842-0535 or cwinston@bainbridge.net

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