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Bainbridge candidates on November ballot have spotty records as voters

Two candidates on the November ballot from Bainbridge Island have missed more elections than they've voted in, according to a review of candidates' voting histories.

The Bainbridge Review looked at the voting records of candidates from Bainbridge Island who are running in contested races in November's General Election.

The Review found just three candidates with near-perfect voting records: Val Tollefson, Wayne Roth and William "Bill" Ruddick.

All three candidates have voted in 18 of the last 19 elections held since November 2006.

Tollefson and Roth are candidates for the Bainbridge Island City Council, and Ruddick is running for a seat on the board of commissioners for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department.

Tollefson, who is seeking the North Ward, Position 7 seat against Richard "Dick" Haugan, said he was surprised his voting record wasn't perfect.

It isn't. Kitsap County's voting database shows Tollefson missed casting a ballot in the 2011 Primary Election.

For him, Tollefson said, voting is essential.

"It's just so fundamental to our form of government. People are supposed to be responsible for the people who represent them," he said.

Tollefson noted he was disappointed when the state went to all-mail voting, and said he enjoyed standing in line with his neighbors at the polls.

"But even with that gone, I just think it's a fundamental obligation," he said.

Haugan, Tollefson's opponent for the North Ward position, has a more spotty voting record.

According to Kitsap County voting records, Haugan has missed more elections than he has voted in since 2006.

Haugan has voted in nine of the last 19 elections.

His last missed election was the 2013 Primary, according to Kitsap County voting records.

He also did not vote in the 2012 Primary, the 2011 General Election (which was the most recent election for the Bainbridge city council), the 2011 Primary, the 2010 Primary, the May 2009 Special Election, the 2008 Presidential Primary, the May 2007 Special Election, the February 2007 Special Election, and the 2006 Primary.

Roth, who is running for the Central Ward, Position 5 seat on the Bainbridge city council, also boasts a near-perfect record at the polls.

Roth has cast a ballot in every election in the past 19, with the exception of the 2008 Presidential Primary.

His opponent this November, Arlene Buetow, has voted in 11 of the last 19 elections.

She did not vote in the 2013 Primary, the 2012 Primary, the February 2010 Special Election, the May 2009 Special Election, the 2008 Presidential Primary, the 2007 Primary, the May 2007 Special Election and the February 2007 Special Election.

In the other race for the Bainbridge council, the two candidates had relatively similar voting records.

Roger Townsend is challenging Dee McComb for the South Ward, Position 3 seat.

McComb has the better voting record at the polls; she cast ballots in 13 of the last 19 elections.

Townsend voted in 11 of the last 19.

Townsend's missed elections include the November 2011 General Election, the 2011 Primary; the February 2010 Special Election; the 2008 Primary Election; the 2008 Presidential Primary, the 2007 Primary, the May 2007 Special Election and the 2006 General Election.

McComb did not vote in the 2011 Primary, the 2010 Primary, the February 2010 Special Election, the 2009 Primary, the May 2009 Special Election, and the May 2007 Special Election.

In the only contested race for the Bainbridge Island School Board, incumbent Mike Spence has the better voting record.

Spence has cast ballots in 15 of the last 19 elections.

Dale Perry, the challenger in the race for the District 2 seat, has a shorter voting history in Kitsap County.

Perry's voting record here stretches back to November 2008, and Perry has voted in seven of the 12 elections held over that span. He did not cast ballots in the primary elections in 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2009, and the May 2009 Special Election.

Spence did not vote in the primaries in 2013, 2009, 2008 (Presidential) and 2007.

In the three races for the board of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Ruddick has the best voting history.

Ruddick, who is seeking Position 4 in a race against Eileen McSherry, voted in 18 of the last 19 elections. Ruddick missed the May 2007 Special Election, according to county voting records.

McSherry voted in 15 of the last 19 elections.

She did not vote in the primaries in 2010, 2009, 2008 (Presidential) and the 2007 General Election.

In the contest for Position 2 on the board for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, candidate David H. Lynch has a slightly better voting record than his opponent, YongSuk Cho.

Lynch has voted in 11 of the last 19 elections.

He did not vote in the primaries in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2006. He also did not vote in the general elections in 2011 and 2007.

Cho voted in 10 of the last 19 elections.

He did not cast a ballot in the primaries in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2008 (Presidential) and 2007. He also did not vote in the 2007 General Election and the February 2007 Special Election.

In the race for the Position 5 seat on the board of commissioners for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, candidate Theresa "Teri" Dettmer has a better history at the polls than her opponent.

Dettmer has cast ballots in 17 of the last 19 elections.

She did not vote in the 2011 and 2010 primaries.

Holly vanSchaick, the other candidate in the race, voted in six of the last 19 elections.

She missed the primaries in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2008 (Presidential) and 2006. She also did not vote in the general election in 2011 and 2007, and also missed special elections in May 2009, February 2010, May 2007 and February 2007.

 

 

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