Photos courtesy of the respective candidates | John T. (Tom) Swolgaard and Rachel Pritchett.

Photos courtesy of the respective candidates | John T. (Tom) Swolgaard and Rachel Pritchett.

Swolgaard wins contest for park commissioner seat

Incumbent Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District Commissioner, Position 3 John T. (Tom) Swolgaard will evidently remain in his long-held post, according to the initial results of Tuesday night’s election.

He claimed 2,327 votes (53.1 percent), while challenger Rachel Pritchett, a former local journalist, earned 2,022 votes (46.1 percent).

Swolgaard, a licensed architect, said in his last term the park district acquired nearly 100 additional acres of open space, renovated Rotary Centennial Park, and built the now-iconic, all-access Owen’s Playground, in addition to adding about four miles of trails to the map and new restrooms in several parks.

Acquiring still more additional open space, rebuilding the pool, and improving recreational facilities are his stated to priorities for this term.

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