Medina will retain seat on Bainbridge council

Bainbridge voters are sticking with the tried-and-true for the city’s North Ward, District 2 position.

Incumbent Bainbridge Island Councilman Kol Medina was leading in the race for the council seat over challenger Kevin Fetterly after the initial batch of ballots were counted Election Night in Port Orchard.

Medina was leading the race, with 54.5 percent of the vote to Fetterly’s 45.3.

The first-count tally was 2,643 votes for Medina, and 2,197 votes for Fetterly.

Medina, who is currently Bainbridge’s council-appointed mayor, is seeking a second term. He was first elected in 2015 and ran unopposed.

Fetterly was taking a second attempt at a council seat. He ran against Joe Deets in 2017 but lost in a landslide.

This year’s North Ward council race included a Primary Election that featured a fading field of candidates. It was a three-way race for just a short time, as the third candidate, Ashley Mathews, dropped out before Election Day.

The 2019 General Election was an echo of the primary, with Medina in front, and Fetterly, second. (Medina had 51.1 percent of votes in the primary, with Fetterly getting 41.8 percent, and Mathews, 6.4 percent.)

Fetterly, 65, is a Bainbridge businessman and owner of Apria Technology. He has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering; both from Stanford University.

Medina, 46, is an attorney and the CEO of the Kitsap Community Foundation. He has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College (environmental studies) and a law degree from Stanford Law School.

A majority of the Bainbridge Island City Council — four seats of seven — will be decided during the Nov. 5 General Election.

Anthony Oddo and Kirsten Hytopoulos are seeking the at-large, Council District 1 position.

For the council’s District 4 Central Ward position, two names will be on the ballot, but there are three announced candidates.

Incumbent Leslie Schneider is seeking a full term on the council, and the challenger is Grayson William Wildsmith. Cynthia Bellas, a write-in candidate, is also in the running.

For the council’s District 6 South Ward position, Michael Pollock is looking to unseat incumbent Sarah Blossom.

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