Hytopoulos leads in Bainbridge at-large council race

It looks like former Bainbridge city councilwoman Kirsten Hytopoulos will be heading back to city hall.

Hytopoulos was leading in the race for the Bainbridge Island City Council’s at-large position against political newcomer Anthony Oddo in the first tally of votes announced on Election Night.

Hytopoulos had 52.8 percent of the vote, while Oddo had 46.9 percent.

Hytopoulos picked up 2,548, while Oddo collected 2,263.

The race, one of four this November for a seat on the seven-member council, is the only wide-open contest. All three of the other council races feature an incumbent seeking another term.

Councilman Ron Peltier, the at-large incumbent who has been mired in controversy over the past year due to a series of ethics complaints, decided against seeking another term.

Hytopoulos, 49, is a former Bainbridge councilwoman and mayor who served on the council from 2010 to 2013. She works as a collaborative attorney and mediator based on Bainbridge. Hytopoulos is also a former assistant city attorney for the city of Seattle. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from the University of Arizona.

Oddo, 34, is a relatively new resident on the island, and works as the policy and programs coordinator at Housing Resources Bainbridge. He has been a paralegal for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, budget analyst for the Office of Management and Budget, as well as a continuous improvement and project management consultant. Oddo has a bachelor’s degree (philosophy, politics and economics) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s in public policy from the Sanford School at Duke University.

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