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CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Meghan McKnight, Position 2, Bainbridge Island Fire Department Board of Commissioners.

The Kitsap County Auditor's Office released the candidate statements Monday that will appear in the county's voter guide for the Aug. 6 Primary Election.

Meghan McKnight is running for the Position 2 seat on the board of commissioners for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. The position carries a six-year term.

Other candidates in the nonpartisan race are YongSuk Cho and David H. Lynch.

Meghan McKnight's candidate statement

Email: m_mcknight_02@yahoo.com

Biography – Professional Experience: I served the Bainbridge Island community for over thirteen years at the City of Bainbridge Island. I have the benefit of being familiar with the process and procedures of elected office. I have worked extensively with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department and I understand the governance of using public funds in a manner that promotes safety and department expectations while being efficient and open to scrutiny.

Education: Bachelor of Communications, University of Washington.

Bachelor of Social Sciences - Law, University of Washington.

Community Service: I have volunteered my time at numerous Bainbridge Island events and look forward to doing more.

Statement: Bainbridge Island is a wonderful community that has historically actively supported its independent Fire Department through volunteerism and funding. I am familiar with many of the services provided by the Fire Department, beyond those of firefighting. My experience with the range of operations that the Fire Department performs allows me to bring a different perspective to the Fire Commission. I am interested in furthering the goals of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department and working to provide policy on how to implement that agenda.

The current Fire Commissioners have made progress, with their excellent staff and volunteers, in updating the strategic plan, especially in the areas of performance standards, training needs, and capital facilities. This provides a firm foundation for any new Commissioners to build upon, where the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis has already been performed. During the recent years of economic recession, the Fire Department was able to identify and address areas of needed improvement, while maintaining financial viability. Now is the time to build on that foundation to take advantage of those opportunities.

I believe in public service. I would be honored to serve this community on the Fire Commission and appreciate your vote. Thank you.

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