Medina faces primary challenge for Bainbridge council

Bainbridge Councilman Kol Medina

Bainbridge Councilman Kol Medina

Bainbridge Mayor Kol Medina will face a primary challenge for his city council seat.

A third candidate entered the race on the final day of Filing Week, sending the contest to an August Primary Election.

Ashley Mathews has filed as a candidate for the District 2, North Ward position. She joins Medina and Kevin Fetterly in the race for the council seat.

Four positions on the seven-member council will be decided in November.

Besides Medina, two other incumbents are hoping to retain a seat on the council.

Councilwoman Leslie A. Schneider, who was appointed to the District 4, Central Ward seat in April 2018, is running for the seat. She is being opposed by challenger Grayson William Wildsmith.

Incumbent Councilwoman Sarah Blossom is running for a third term as the District 6, South Ward council member. Michael Pollock, currently a commissioner for the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District, is also seeking the seat.

Two candidates will square off for the District 1, at-large seat. Councilman Ron Peltier announced earlier he would not seek a second term, and the candidates in the running for the position are Anthony Oddo and Kirsten Hytopoulos.

Some familiar names, and a few new ones, will also be on November’s General Election ballot.

Four director positions on the Bainbridge Island School Board will be decided, but only one race has two candidates.

Board Member Lynn Smith is running unopposed for another term on the school board in the District 1 position.

Christina Hulet, the incumbent who was appointed in November, is running for the District 4 seat. She does not have an opponent.

The District 3 position on the school board will see a newcomer for the first time since April 2012.

School Board President Mev Hoberg is not seeking another term, and Sanjay Pal is the sole candidate for the seat.

Likewise, there is just one candidate for the District 5 position: Mark D. Emerson.

Emerson, who was appointed last week to fill the vacancy in the District 5 seat, is running unopposed to retain the position in the November election.

The only contested race for the school board is for the District 4 position.

Incumbent School Board Member Christina Hulet is running to retain the seat; her challenger is Andrew Ewing.

Three positions on the board of commissioners for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department are also on the November ballot, but just one race is contested.

Bainbridge Island Fire Commissioner YongSuk Cho is seeking re-election to the fire department’s board, and is facing a challenge for Position 2 from Robert S. Peterson.

Incumbent Ernst “Fritz” von Ibsch is running to retain his Position 4 seat on the Bainbridge fire department’s board of commissioners.

Bainbridge Fire Commissioner Gina Batali is the only candidate for the Position 3 seat on the board.

Two positions on the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District will be decided by voters this fall.

Dawn Janow, who was appointed to the parks board of commissioners in March, is running to continue serving in Position 1.

For the park board’s Position 3, incumbent Park Commissioner John “Tom” Swolgaard is running for another term. Rachel Pritchett is also seeking the seat.

Bainbridge voters in Kitsap County Sewer District No. 7 will also vote for a commissioner this November.

Alicia Arter is running for the Position 1 seat on the board. She is unopposed.

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