"Council interest in mayor post mixedJim Llewellyn says no, but Michael Pollock mulls a bid."
June 9, 2008 · Updated 3:49 PM
"Saying he can't afford to quit his day job, Bainbridge Island City Council member Jim Llewellyn said he will not run for mayor this fall. But another council member, Michael Pollock, said he is taking a hard look at the possibility of running.And council member Liz Murray said she will not seek re-election, opening up at least one council seat for the fall election.I would be interested if the pay were enough to live on, Llewellyn said of the mayor's salary, recently boosted to $45,000 per year. But it's a full-time job, and I can't afford to quit being a builder to do that.Llewellyn said he is strongly inclined to seek re-election to his central ward council seat.I'm not absolutely sure, but I'm definitely leaning that way, he said.Pollock, who also represents the central ward, contacted the Review Monday to say he had been approached by several supporters, and was considering getting into the race to succeed Dwight Sutton.Sutton announced last week that he will not seek a second term.I'm sort of weighing it and talking to people. I haven't really made an assessment, but I'm interested in taking a look at it, Pollock said.He said that he would not resign from the council, where his term runs for two more years, in order to run. If Pollock were elected mayor, his council seat would then become open. The majority of the remaining council members would appoint a successor to fill the remainder of his term.The third council seat up for election this year is the central ward seat held by Merrill Robison, who has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for mayor.Robison, who could not be reached for comment, has made no formal statement about his intentions, but has hinted strongly that he will not run for re-election to the council.Besides Pollock, Planning Commission member Darlene Kordonowy has indicated an interest in the mayoral race.Llewellyn's decision not to enter the mayor's race may be something of a disappointment to the business community, because he is considered somewhat more pro-business than either Pollock or Kordonowy.Similarly, Murray and Robison are considered two of the more pro-business member of the city council.Llewellyn said he hopes the present council balance can at least be maintained.So many of our discussions get into 'business versus development' or 'no growth versus reasoned growth,' he said. I would hope that the replacements for Merrill and Liz represent the business interests at least as much as they are now.Llewellyn said he has been talking to various business organizations, including the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, about the perception that the council is unfriendly to business, and encouraging them to find council candidates.People get the government they deserve, he said. It's a little difficult to listen to the bitching for four years when nobody will step up to the plate. "