Ballots coming out soon for Aug. 6 primary election

Kitsap County residents should be getting their primary ballots in the mail around July 19 for the Aug. 6 election.

It includes many national, state and local candidates and issues.

Many of the local races will be featured in stories in Kitsap News Group newspapers over the next few weeks.

With Jay Inslee not running, there are 22 candidates for governor. And with Derek Kilmer not running, there are five candidates for U.S. representative. There are 10 people taking on incumbent Maria Cantwell for U.S. senator.

Four others are taking on incumbent state Lt. Gov. Denny Heck; three are challenging incumbent Secretary of State Steve Hobbs; and three are opposing state schools chief Chris Reykdahl.

Eight are running for insurance commissioner, seven for lands commissioner, three for attorney general and four for a Supreme Court spot. Since there are only two candidates running for state auditor and treasurer all will advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

For state lawmakers spots, Sen. Drew Hansen is being challenged by two others in Legislative District 23. Two also are running against incumbent Tarra Simmons in that same district for representative 1. Four are in the running for representative 2 in that same district. Greg Nance of Bainbridge Island was appointed to that spot a few months ago.

In Legislative District 35, Dan Griffey is unopposed for representative 1. For position 2, three are in the running, including incumbent Travis Couture. Legislative District 26 has two challengers to Jesse L. Young for representative 1 and four against Michelle Caldier for position 2.

For county commissioner, Christine Rolfes is unopposed for District 1, but six candidates are in the running for District 2. Three are running for Utility District commissioner, including incumbent Heather Pauley.

On Bainbridge Island, voters will decide on a $10 million bond to renovate a pool at the Aquatics Center. In Central Kitsap, voters will decide on a fire levy. In Bremerton, voters are being asked to pass an emergency medical services levy. Poulsbo Fire Department is asking to approve a levy, as is North Kitsap Fire and Rescue.

The presidential primary took place in March with President Biden and former President Trump winning their party nominations.