Appleton kicks off run -- News Roundup

Sherry Appleton kicks off her run for the state House of Representatives, 6-8 p.m. June 24 at the Suquamish Tribal Center, 15838 Sandy Hook Road in Poulsbo.

Appleton is vying for the 23rd District position being vacated by fellow Democrat Phil Rockefeller.

Rockefeller will be on hand to support Appleton’s candidacy, along with retiring state Sen. Betti Sheldon, Kitsap County Commissioner Chris Endresen, and state Speaker of the House, Frank Chopp.

Appleton, who resides in Poulsbo, served on the Poulsbo City Council and spent several years working in Olympia. She also served as a commissioner with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

In 2002, she lost a bid for the District 23, Position 2 House seat to Republican Bev Woods.

Information: (360) 697-3876.

Race brings in $1.2 million

The Race for the Cure ran close to even with last year’s race with a total of 15,000 participants raising $1.2 million for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and awareness and treatment support to underserved local women.

Locally, Team Town and Country sent 334 team members on the race-day ferry, June 5, and raised $10,000.

“I’m always swept away by the 7:05 (a.m.) ferry being stuffed to the rafters,” said Kay Jensen, co-captain of Team T&C. “It’s an inspiring way to start an inspiring day.”

Jensen says the day was a “hopeful” experience with a sea of pink T-shirts on the viaduct full of walkers and runner who have been affected by breast cancer.

Team T&C members were not as numerous as last year’s 430, but Team T&C donations were up over 40 percent from last year’s total of $7,000.

The total number of teams in the race grew, and Bainbridge also brought several new teams this year.

Ellen Nakata, breast cancer survivor and founding member of Team T&C, emphasizes that the awareness about breast cancer prevention raised by the event and the camaraderie between all who participate is what is important about the event.

“It’s not who you come with that’s important,” Nakata said. “It’s that you come.”

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