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Debbie Vann vies for Central Ward, Curt Winston throws hat into South Ward contest

Former council member Debbie Vann announced Thursday that she would file for the Central Ward council position being vacated by Kjell Stoknes.

Vann served as a council member from 2002 through 2005 and recently returned from a year-long sailing sabbatical.

Vann, believes the new council-manager government will need experienced representatives to set it off in the right direction.

"With the new council-manager form we're going to need people with experience," she said. "I can hit the ground running, rather than spend four or five months getting educated."

Vann said the cornerstone of her campaign will revolve around utility and infrastructure issues, but she also wants to put more emphasis on neighborhoods.

"I echo the values of the community," she said. "My record shows that and I'm strong advocate for neighborhoods, and have worked for neighborhood issues."

Prospective Central Ward candidates Virginia Paul, Dee DuMont and Debbi Lester may also file for the open seat on Friday.

South Ward

The race for Bainbridge City Council's South Ward position is shaping up to be the most hotly contested, with three candidates already filed for the seat held by Chris Snow.

Curt Winston is the latest to announce he will run for the South Ward position. He will run against Kirsten Hytopoulos and Tim Jacobsen, who filed earlier this week.

Winston, an islander since 1983 and a Port Blakely resident, filed to run on Thursday.

He lost to Kim Brackett for a South Ward seat in 2007, but said he plans to put more effort behind his campaign this year.

"I'm going to run a big camp this time, no fooling around," he said.

Winston said the hallmarks of his campaign will be fiscal responsibility, building reserves and an emphasis on rebuilding infrastructure.

"We need to fix our failing infrastructure as the incident in Eagle Harbor pointed out, and we need to support our basic city services," he said.

Winston has had experience managing multi-million dollar projects and budgets as a regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

He was also elected three times to a school board in New Jersey.

The deadline for candidate filings for the Nov. 3 general election is 5 p.m. Friday.

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