"Council hopefuls few, so farOnly one of three seats is yet contested, as candidate filing week opens."

"The first day of candidate filing Monday produced a contest for Bainbridge's north ward city council seat, when Christine Nokes and Deborah Vancil filed for the seat to be vacated by Liz Murray.Vancil, a planning commissioner, had previously announced her intent to run for the seat. Nokes, a Point Monroe resident, could not be reached Tuesday.In the central ward, Bill Knobloch is the first declared candidate for the seat presently held by Merrill Robison, who has said he will not seek re-election. At least one other candidate is expected to file by week's end.Incumbent Councilman Jim Llewellyn filed for re-election to the other central ward seat. He has no declared opponent to date, although Knobloch said he might pass up the open seat to challenge Llewellyn.Two candidates have declared for the mayoral race - planning commissioner Darlene Kordonowy, who filed Monday, and park board chair Chris Llewellyn, wife of councilman Jim Llewellyn.In other island races, Mike Scott, who had previously announced his candidacy, filed for the school board seat being vacated by Doug Picha, and Dane Spencer filed for re-election to the park board.And saying he wants to keep up the good work, attorney Brian Lawler has announced he will file for the open seat on the Bainbridge Island Fire District Board of Commissioners.Two-term incumbent Alan Corner announced last month that he would not seek a third six-year term for that post.I think I'm qualified for the job by virtue of my 20 years on the island, together with my business and legal training, Lawler said.Lawler said he became interested in the fire district a few years ago when a friend went through the cadet program. He applied for the board after the death of commissioner Don Pratt in January 1998, but was not selected.Lawler said the mostly volunteer district is in good shape, and he wants to maintain continuity.We have a good district, with good facilities and leadership, he said. I have no sense of a problem that needs to be fixed.A second candidate, James Walkowski, also filed for the fire board position Monday, but by Tuesday morning had announced his intent to withdraw.Walkowski told the Review he only filed in case no one else came forward.If more than two candidates file for any seat, there will be a primary election in September. For the council seats, the primary election will be by district. The general election in November will be island-wide for all races.Filing week ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Kitsap County Courthouse. "

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