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Kordonowy will seek second term

She cites planning and business unfinished in her first four years helming City Hall.

Darlene Kordonowy will seek a second term as mayor of Bainbridge Island, she announced this week.

“There are too many good things going on in this communty, and I want to be a part of it,” Kordonowy said.

She cited the Winslow Tomorrow downtown planning process that her administration launched last year as among the outstanding issues facing the city.

The city organization also continues to make ground, she said, with new hires in upper management and a renewed commitment to serving island citizens.

Kordonowy, 57, earned the mayoral post with 76 percent of the vote against clothier and former park board member Chris Llewellyn in 2001.

But her first two years in office were marred by ongoing flare-ups with the City Council over city management and other issues.

Those disputes abated as several top managers whom Kordonowy had inherited were forced out or resigned, and a new management team assembled. The mid-term election also brought new faces to the council, and a more harmonious tenor to council-mayor relations.

Kordonowy conceded the difficulty of her early term, and a learning curve that she described as “hard and steep.”

“I had a lot to learn in that first year or two,” she said. “It seemed like it was a long, hard struggle for me personally.”

But while she expressed satisfaction with the current direction of the city, she said work remains to be done in several areas on which she campaigned four years ago.

Those included strengthening the city organization, building stronger relationships with local service agencies, and promoting Bainbridge interests at the state and county level.

“There’s really more work to do in all of those arenas,” she said.

Kordonowy is the first mayor in more than a decade to seek a second term. Her immediate predecessor, Dwight Sutton, opted out of a re-election bid, while Janet West stepped down in mid-term. Incumbent Sam Granato was defeated in a five-way primary in 1993.

Kordonowy said she expects to announce a campaign staff next week.

No other hopefuls have yet announced a run for the position.

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