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Two more join Bainbridge fire board race, spurs Primary Election contest

A former code enforcement officer for the city of Bainbridge Island has tossed her hat in the ring for a seat on the board of commissioners for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department.

Meghan McKnight filed as a candidate late Thursday for the Position 5 seat on the five-member board.

McKnight is the third candidate in the race, and will square off against Teri Dettmer and Holly vanSchaick in the August Primary Election.

The top two candidates in the primary will advance to November's General Election.

McKnight sought an appointed position on the board last year, and was one of four finalists for the position. The board ultimately picked Dan Morrow to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Susan Cohen.

McKnight resigned as the city of Bainbridge Island's code enforcement officer in March to take a job with the city of SeaTac as its code compliance program coordinator.

vanSchaick filed as a candidate Friday.

She has hands-on experience in emergency services. vanSchaick completed basic firefighting training for the Bainbridge department in 2009.

She formerly worked as a firefighter for the Sunnyside Fire Department, and joined the department in January 2011.

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