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City Council election endorsement | Letters | Nov. 4

Bonkowski stands for transparency

Steve and his wife, Marilyn, had previously “discovered” Bainbridge in 2001 and fell in love with it. It wasn’t until after taking a long “investigatory” driving trip through most of the eastern U.S. coastal communities that they were sure and moved here.

Bainbridge had community, arts, an educated population, good schools, farms, tree-lined winding roads, a rural feel. It felt right. It was where they wanted to live.

That Steve drove thousands of miles to make sure Bainbridge was right is the Steve that I have come to know. As a decision maker he studies issues.  Years of work as a vice president of Northrop Grumman has taught him how to make decisions and work collaboratively with people. He wants to use those skills to make our city government work more efficiently, economically and become more people oriented.

He’s a strong believer in trust because he has learned that without trust there is no collaboration. He is also a strong believer in transparency.  Back-room deals are not respected. And telling the truth is an absolute must. He has found that those attributes have worked well in his career. He wants to put them to work as a councilor.

I have spent nearly five months helping Steve with this campaign. He’s a guy you would be proud of.

Jeff Braff, Bainbridge Island

Peters’ goodwill is for all islanders

Barry Peters deserves strong community support for re-election to the City Council. I support him for a number of reasons, but most important to me are his integrity, experience and vision for a better community for all of us.

In my dealings with Barry, he is always straightforward and open as to his actions and intentions, displays an abiding goodwill toward all citizens of the city and refuses to be drawn into personal sniping. He is a person who can be trusted to keep his cool and his word.

His experience as the at-large incumbent on the council has led to his having a comprehensive grasp of city finances, services, infrastructure and community needs.

He is uniquely qualified to bring that breadth of understanding to future council deliberations and actions of the council.

Finally, Barry has clearly stated his vision for “sustainable renewal” of our island community, which forms a sound basis for future direction and leadership.

I encourage fellow islanders to join in re-electing him.

Phil Rockefeller, Bainbridge Island

Blair’s knowledge, maturity stand out

I am supporting Anne Blair for City Council because she will bring common sense and civility to the the council. She is an experienced decision-maker, pragmatic thinker, persistent yet pleasant.

While on the board of trustees for Olympic College, Anne dealt with complex high-level personnel issues and budgetary challenges. She worked well with the president and faculty during a difficult time. The college came through this period stronger and ready for the future.

Anne has the ability to understand how decisions made today will impact the future and affect citizens. She understands the plight of property owners who often see new shoreline regulations and zoning code update changes by the city as disused land grabs.

Because of her considerable experience in state, regional and local government, Anne has a depth of knowledge about our community and state that is unequaled on the present council nor in any other council candidate. Anne is mature, not given to personal attacks, childish behavior or negativity.

Alice Tawresey, former mayor of Winslow

Keenan’s goal is to  preserve island way

I have had the opportunity to get to know Melanie Keenan during her campaign for City Council, North Ward. She is a hard-working candidate who prides herself in studying all the issues facing our island.

Above all, Melanie will work to understand what the majority of islanders want and will support programs that reflect islanders’ priorities.

Melanie has a scientific background that will add diversity to our city council. She also has many years of experience in project management, which includes tracking budgets and staff and subcontractors.

Melanie’s resume of substantive volunteer work attests to her genuine interest in preserving those things we islanders love about Bainbridge.

She currently serves as vice chair of the Kitsap County Food & Farm Policy Council, as result of selection by Kitsap County Commissioners. She is a voice for agricultural practices and backyard farming on our island.

She also authored the Bainbridge Island Sole Source Aquifer Designation Petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which this agency has approved.

This document helps protect our drinking water resources on the island by ensuring, through technical oversight, that federally funded projects will be protective of our groundwater resources as part of the funding process.

Please join me in supporting Melanie’s candidacy, as she works to implement programs that we islanders deem most important.

Judi Neumann, Bainbridge Island


Levan’s  experience makes him the right choice

Joe Levan is the best choice for Bainbridge City Council. He has no agenda other than making our city work effectively.

His past experience as a municipal attorney and his present work for a nonprofit whose aim is to help cities resolve difficult issues make Joe the most qualified for a position on the City Council.

We have known Joe for many years and he is even-tempered, level-headed and smart. He is the kind of person we need as a leader on Bainbridge.

Sonya and Max Marinoni, Bainbridge Island

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