Snow will not seek reelection, DuMont joins Central Ward race | Council race roundup
June 5, 2009 · Updated 1:15 PM
See an updated list of declared candidates at the bottom of this page. A final update on all filings will be posted this evening.
Today is the last day to file as a candidate for one of 13 elected positions across six taxing districts on the island.
While City Council races are beginning to heat up, there is a lack of volunteers for positions outside of the city arena (see box, A3).
As of Thursday afternoon, there are still no candidates stepping forward to replace Bainbridge Metropolitan Park and Recreation board member Dave Shorett, who will not seek reelection.
In the City Council races only one incumbent, Debbie Vancil, will seek reelection. Five council hopefuls have filed across the three wards, with several others expected to file Friday.
The deadline is 5 p.m. today for prospective candidates to file with the Kitsap County Auditor’s office.
The South Ward has three candidates vying for the seat being vacated by council member Chris Snow, who said Thursday that he would not run again.
“I am not going to be running,” Snow said. “It gives voters an opportunity to focus on the candidates for this seat and the issues that lie ahead. It’s an effort to move beyond the change-of-government election we already had.”
As of Thursday afternoon, Kirsten Hytopoulos, Tim Jacobsen and Curt Winston were all in the race for the south-end seat.
Hytopoulos, who lives on Blakely Court East, is a former prosecuting attorney and founder of Green Voices for Bainbridge Island. She was also recently involved in organizing the Water Resources Action Committee.
Hytopoulos said her candidacy will be focused on environmental issues and fiscal responsibility.
“It’s time to recommit our city government to the community’s shared vision,” Hytopoulos said in a statement. “Which includes preserving our unique island character and way of life while living within our means, fiscally and environmentally.”
Jacobsen is a certified public accountant on Bainbridge, and serves as the chair of the city’s Salary Commission.
The Bill Point resident said he believes his accounting background would be an asset on the council and to a city that has been burdened by deep financial trouble.
“Very honestly I feel that I have experience and talent that can benefit Bainbridge Island,” Jacobsen said.
Winston, a Port Blakely resident and former regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation, filed Thursday. He lost to Kim Brackett for a South Ward seat in 2007, but this year he plans to put more effort into his campaign.
“I’m going to run a big campaign this time (with) no fooling around,” he said. “We need to fix our failing infrastructure as the incident in Eagle Harbor pointed out, and we need to support our basic city services.”
Earlier this week council member Kjell Stoknes announced he will not run for a second term in his Central Ward seat.
Stoknes said failures of communication and a divided council have tainted the positive work of the government and the public process.
“I don’t see the representative form of government working very well,” he said. “There is a lot of influence with legal actions and other means, and the representative form seems very stymied.”
Former council member Debbie Vann announced Thursday that she would file for the position being vacated by Stoknes. Vann served as a council member from 2002 through 2005 and recently returned from a year-long sailing sabbatical.
Vann, who wants to focus on utility, neighborhood and infrastructure issues, believes the new council-manager government will need experienced representatives to set 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 will be challenged by Grow Avenue resident Dee DuMont.
DuMont filed on Friday for the Central Ward position and is expected to release a statement later today about her campaign.
Prospective candidates Virginia Paul, and Debbi Lester may also file for the open Central Ward seat on Friday.
Former council member Bob Scales will run for the second time in the North Ward.
His announcement came hours before incumbent Debbie Vancil decided she will seek a third term as a council member. Vancil is expected to release a statement on her decision today.
Scales served as a council member from 2004 through 2007. He works as a senior policy analyst for the City of Seattle and has been a resident of Bainbridge Island since 1999.
He filed late Wednesday afternoon for the North Ward seat.
“I would like the opportunity to serve the people of Bainbridge Island for another four years and help bring about meaningful and lasting improvements to our city government,” Scales said in a statement.
– Review reporter Tad Sooter contributed to this report.
The following Bainbridge positions are open for filing. (Incumbents in parentheses).
Position 3, South Ward
Filed: Kirsten Hytopoulos, Tim Jacobsen, Curt Winston
Position 5, Central Ward
Filed: Debbie Vann, Dee DuMont
Position 7, North Ward
Filed: Bob Scales, Debbie Vancil
Park District Board
Filed: Ken DeWitt
Filed: Jay Kinney, Bob Selzler
School District Board
Director, District 2
Filed: Mike Spence
Director, District 5
Filed: Mary Curtis
Fire Department Commission
Filed: Scott Isenman
Filed: Glen Tyrrell
Sewer District No. 7
Filed: Sarah Lee
Crystral Springs Water District