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Bosserman announces bid for South Ward council seat
Bob Bosserman, a former member of Bainbridge Island's Utility Advisory Committee, said Monday he will run for a seat on the city council.
Bosserman said he will campaign for South Ward, Position No. 3 on the council. The position is currently held by Councilwoman Kirsten Hytopolous, who announced earlier that she would not seek re-election.
It's the first shot at elected office for Bosserman, 69, who moved to Bainbridge in 2010.
In his announcement, Bosserman noted the many council meetings where he's witnessed his city government in action.
"Having attended about 75 percent of the city council meetings in the past two years, I've certainly seen the good, the bad and the ugly. And while we can no doubt learn from the mistakes of the past and should understand and digest the input of citizen groups, we need to get on with the business of governing," he said.
"We all must move beyond the blame game and petty attempts at political retribution," Bosserman said.
Bosserman worked for 35 years in the financial services industry and spent 25 years as a sales management executive. He also has a decade of experience in public finance, where he said he helped communities structure and finance water, sewer and school construction projects.
Bosserman was managing a stock brokerage program for a bank in Washington, D.C. when he retired in 2005.
He said there was no single issue that prompted his candidacy.
"There isn't really any one thing. It was just having attended all those meetings and seeing a lot of contentiousness and people not working together," Bosserman said.
"I'm certainly an advocate for getting people to work together," he said.
After his retirement, Bosserman moved to moved to Mount Desert Island, Maine, where he served on the comprehensive plan committee and the planning board of the town of Southwest Harbor.
After moving to Bainbridge Island in 2010, Bosserman served on the city's Utility Advisory Committee for a year.
He is currently on the board of the Bainbridge Public Library and is a member of the board's facilities and finance committees, and is active with the library's grant application and development process.
Bosserman said his work on the Bainbridge Island City Council would be complemented by his volunteer efforts on Mount Desert Island, where Acadia National Park represents more than half of the land mass of Maine's largest coastal island.
"Preserving a sense of place was a critical issue for the Mount Desert Island residents, not unlike that of our Bainbridge Island community," Bosserman said. "Maintaining real environmental stewardship in the face of the practical economic problems confronting local residents, businesses and governments requires bringing people of different perspectives together to solve problems.
"Nonetheless, congenial interaction is not the same as collaborative policy making. Good governance is about getting things done and doing good for the community," he said. "And we need to get on with it."
Voters will choose council members for three seats in November.
Bosserman is the second islander to announce his candidacy for this year's General Election.
John Green said in March he would run for the Central Ward position currently held by Councilwoman Debbi Lester.