Bosserman to appear on Primary Election ballot, despite exit from South Ward race

Robert Bosserman has stepped out of the race for the South Ward seat on the Bainbridge Island City Council, but voters will still see his name as a candidate when their ballots arrive in the mail later this month.

Late last week, Bosserman announced he was no longer seeking the Position 3 seat on the Bainbridge Island City Council, a post now held by Councilwoman Kirsten Hytopoulus. Instead, Bosserman said he was supporting Townsend's bid for the Bainbridge council.

Bosserman's departure left just two candidates in the August Primary Election race; Roger Townsend and Dee McComb.

County elections officials said Monday that Bosserman's withdrawal comes after the passing of the official deadline for candidates to exit the 2013 election, however. That deadline was May 20.

Kitsap County Auditor Walt Washington said it's too late to have Bosserman's name removed from the ballots for the Primary Election.

"The ballots are already printed," Washington said.

That means all three names — Bosserman, Townsend and McComb — will still be listed for the Bainbridge's South Ward race.

"What the voters will see on Bainbridge Island is the full ballot," Washington said.

The deadline for candidate withdrawals, which comes just three days after the close of Candidate Filing Week, is set by state statute.

The county faces a tight timeline as ballots for military and overseas ballots are mailed well before the ballots for in-county voters.

Ballots for overseas and military voters were mailed June 21. Other ballots for the primary are expected to be mailed by July 19.

Washington noted the rigors of a campaign become clear quite quickly after candidates file for office.

With words of encouragement from family and friends still fresh in their ears, the excitement for candidates can fade fast as they are faced with the commitment in time in takes to run for public office, plus fundraising, filing paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission, preparing candidate's statements, and the other demands of a campaign.

During the primary on Aug. 6, voters in the South Ward will pick the top two candidates in the race to advance to the November General Election.

The South Ward has approximately 6,230 voters.

Voters from across Bainbridge Island will cast ballots in the race during the General Election.

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