"ELECTION FINAL -- Nasser, Pollock prevail in council bids"
June 9, 2008 · Updated 2:49 PM
"Christine Nasser and Michael Pollock earned solid support in their bids for the Bainbridge Island City Council, while a long-time fire commissioner was turned out by voters in Tuesday balloting.Nasser, a former open-space planner and international trade specialist, outpolled Blakely-area innkeeper Ron Gibbs by a count of 4,038 to 1,186. The 76-24 split propels Nasser into the South Ward, Position 6 council seat being vacated by Andy Maron.Ive been really apprehensive the whole day, but now I feel relieved, said Nasser, reached at her home Tuesday evening. We invited all our friends over, and I wanted to give them good news.Nasser campaigned on themes of island sustainability and business development, while Gibbs tooled his message toward decisive leadership in city government.Nasser said the campaign may have been friendlier than others by virtue of the fact that she and Gibbs are neighbors. She also jokingly credited her daughter Elizabeth, age 18 months, with being sociable during doorbell campaigning.Unofficial final results werent released by the county elections office until 2:22 a.m. Returns showed Bainbridge voter turnout at a little over 40 percent, although the number of absentees remaining to be counted was unavailable.The Central Ward, Position 1 race, wasnt close. Michael Pollock, a policy analyst for the Department of Commerce, outpaced Winslow carpenter Jeff Moore by a margin of 3,070 votes to 2,186, a 58-42 percent edge for Pollock.Thats encouraging, said Pollock, who learned of his lead in early returns while spending the evening with friends at a Winslow cafe. I dont know how to extend these things, but that sounds pretty solid.Pollock will replace Shelly Halligan, who decided to step down after a single term on the council.It was a campaign marked by comparatively few differences in message between candidates, most of whom rallied around support for the islands comprehensive plan and managed growth.Moore campaigned on an anti-development theme and pledged to significantly raise impact fees on new construction, to offset the cost of new schools. Pollock touted his professional experience in policy analysis as a means of assuring close adherence to the islands growth plan.In fire district races, Washington State Patrol Officer Glen Tyrrell ousted 15-year incumbent Sam Camasi by 2,843 votes to 1,944 in the District 3 contest, a 59 percent tally for Tyrrell.I had no idea what to expect in terms of numbers or percent, Tyrrell said after the first round of returns. One hundred percent of the people we talked to said I support you, but I dont know that that means.A lot of the people we talked to were unaware that we had a fire commission, he added.Tyrrell was backed by a coalition of fire department volunteers and career personnel, who have complained of poor morale in the department because of what they perceive to be an unresponsive board of commissioners.In the District 1 fire board contest, first-term incumbent Doug Johnson, chief financial officer for a Seattle maritime outfit, staved off his challenger, attorney Linda McMaken, by 2,871 to 1,779, a 61-39 percent split.In the only contested park district race, incumbent commissioner Bob Silver held off a strong challenge from Dane Spencer.While Spencer led through early returns, Silver held a 2,283-2,194 edge by evenings end, a 51-49 split.Obviously, (Im) pleased, Spencer said after early returns revealed his strong showing. I had no solid expectations, and no way of knowing how things would go.I think its due to the fact that I have a goal of doubling open space on Bainbridge Island, and people really relate to that as an issue.Silver, a public relations specialist, was among the architects of the recent successful pool bond levy.In other council races, incumbent Norm Wooldridge easily outpaced contractor John Eremic, who entered the race for the North Ward, Position 2, seat, as a registered write-in candidate. The unofficial final showed Wooldridge garnering 3,930 votes, about 86 percent. Returns showed 627 write-in votes were cast in that contest.Incumbent Wooldridge, who currently serves as council chair, had cited his ongoing work in preserving Bainbridge farmlands as a primary reason for his pursuit of a second term.South Ward council incumbent Lois Curtis was unopposed, as were all three school board candidates -- incumbent Bruce Weiland and newcomers Ken Breiland and Cheryl Dale.Two park district races also were uncontested, with incumbents Joanne Croghan and Dave Shorett reelected to four-year terms.Gayle Ashton, unchallenged in the race for the Sewer District No. 7 board of commissioners in a contest that only appeared on the ballots of Fort Ward-area residents, drew 81 votes against three write-ins.In other Kitsap County results, voters were approving Initiative 695, eliminating the state Motor Vehicle Excise Tax, by 56-44 percent, and also were giving the nod to Initiative 696, which would ban net fishing in Washington waters, by a hair over 50 percent. Statewide returns showed I-696 failing but I-695 passing, prompting Nasser to say, I guess my first act on the council will be to find a way to cut 7 percent out of the (city) budget. Loss of state MVET revenue is expected to cause dramatic shortfalls in city revenues into the foreseeable future, and the council recently approved a series of preemptive tax hikes to allow time for a reexamination of spending.Also in unofficial final returns, Central Kitsap voters were narrowly approving the creation of Washingtons newest city, endorsing the incorporation of Silverdale by 1,650 votes for, 1,594 against.The new city, the retail core of Kitsap County, would include about 14,000 residents in an area of about 6.7 square miles. "