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Several candidates’ forums were held during the last few months for the four City Council seats up for election this year, including two sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The one above, held earlier this month for the eight remaining general election candidates, was the least popular of the others and had many people leaving long before the two-and-half -hour event ended.

Island voters have many decisions to make with four contested council seats and the Port of Bainbridge Island because it allows him to connect with fellow islanders. “I’m learning about their concerns with working with the city and listening to them about their own situations,” he said. “Most of the situations I’m involved in are in people’s homes and meetings, but I’m trying to be available for different events. It’s been a long campaign, but I’ve been

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anyone “who is nasty when I’m doorbelling. Mostly it’s just fun to get out and meet people.” Levan, who has lived on the island since the mid-1990s but works in the Seattle area, said he’s enjoying the process

involved with cities for a long time and I’m used to it to some degree.” Sarah Blossom, whose family has lived on the island for five generations, said she doesn’t feel comfortable asking for support in her quest to win the South Ward seat. “I don’t like to impose on people,” she said, “but I approach people I know and

come across in my daily life. But I’m enjoying running. I’ve always been kind of reserved and quiet, but over the years I’ve started to enjoy meeting and talking to people.” She said that whether she wins or loses, “I’m glad I decided to run because it has helped me as a person.” And then there’s Steve Bonkowski, who is running

against Peters. “I’m really beginning to enjoy everything about it,” he said. “It has really opened my eyes as to how great of a community this is.” The ballot also includes a proposition that would create a Port of Bainbridge Island and, just in case voters approve the resolution, elect five commissioners to run

the new junior taxing agency. Twelve candidates are seeking votes. (The issue will be featured in next week’s edition of the Review.) There are two other contested races: Position 5 of the Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation District Board and Position 2 of Kitsap County Sewer District 7.

Council, parks, sewer district candidates CITY COUNCIL

PARKS

NORTH wARd

AT-LARGE

CENTRAL wARd

SOUTH wARd

Anne blair

Steve bonkowski

Joe Levan

Sarah blossom

melanie Keenan

barry Peters

dave ward

Robert dashiell

Ron Luke

Kirk Robinson

KITSAP COUNTY

SEwER dISTRICT 7 POSITION 2

Christopher dew

James m. Olsen

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Candidate profiles

PARK BOARD KIRK ROBINSON Phone: 206-842-0774 Email: kirkrobinson@earthlink.net Biography: I have served eight years as commissioner for the Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation District. I have worked 31 years for the Environmental Protection Agency, primarily managing budgets, grants, contracts, accountability systems and oversight of state programs at both the staff and super- Kirk Robinson visory levels. I have an MBA from UC Berkeley. My community service includes: Bainbridge Island Little League; girls youth basketball coach; BHS softball; Rotary Auction volunteer; member of Bainbridge Island Land Trust. Statement: My focus as commissioner will continue to be: prudent management of our budget; accountability to the community; cooperative working relations with other island jurisdictions; sustainable stewardship of our parks, open space, and facilities, particularly as we integrate new parks into our system; and development and delivery of innovative recreation and cultural opportunities. Islanders value our parks, open

space and the opportunities provided by an outstanding recreation program. I share those values and promise to keep working to make our system one of which we will always be proud.

RON LUKE Phone: 206-842-9910 Email: luker4parks@gmail.com Biography: I had a 26-year financial services industry career; 21 years as a regional marketing director who managed a $100,000 annual budget and two independent contractors. I served as: a Ron Luke Seattle Block Grant Program coordinator; International Association of Financial Planners board member. My community service includes Northshore Recreation karate instructor; youth coach for baseball, soccer and basketball; Brownie, Cub and Scout troop assistant; Bainbridge American Legion Post former commander; Boys/Girls State committee; and community veterans activities. Statement: My grandfather, a Chinese merchant, founded Luke House Associates during the 1890s in Seattle. My father served during WWII working in a steel plant and became an American citizen after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was repealed

in 1943. When I became a Fort Ward property owner 30 years ago, Bainbridge had one-third fewer residents. Now thousands of homes access 26 parks, more than 1,600 acres and 5,000 feet of shoreline. After six years, commissioners face tough choices as $30 million has been depleted and property values continue to decline. I will collaborate fresh perspectives in prioritizing budget realities.

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KITSAP COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT 7, Pos. 2 CHRISTOPHER DEW Phone: 206-948-3011 Email: dewforcommissioner@gmail.com Biography: Appointed as KCSD#7 Commissioner in June 2010. I previously worked for six years with Christopher Dew the Washington State Department of Ecology, enforcing the Water Pollution Control Act and the Clean Air Act. The last five years I have served as a water quality planner/project manager for King County Wastewater Treatment Division, where I am responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance on

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multi-million dollar sewer infrastructure projects. I have a bachelor’s degree in geology from Central Washington University. Statement: My top priority for the district is to maintain fiscal responsibility. I want to keep service rates low and ensure that the district maintains adequate reserves to cover maintenance and has funds available for future equipment replacement. Every dollar counts in this small district, therefore I don’t accept compensation for work as commissioner, helping us keep our monthly sewer rate at about half that of the City of Bainbridge Island’s rate. I hope to continue to serve our community.

JAMES M. OLSEN Phone: 206-276-5242 Email: shiningcitymediavision@gmail.com and voteolsensd7@gmail.com Biography: Current elected Precinct Committee James M. Olsen Officer Fort Ward #318 and community service includes: Fort Ward Neighborhood Association, St. Cecilia Parish, Knights of Columbus and a volunteer for Boy Scouts. My profession experience includes: retired officer after 30

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years in U.S. Coast Guard, including service at the Pentagon and USCG Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; 35 years as principle in

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real-estate investment firm renovating and managing properties in King and Kitsap counties. Graduated from Hobart College (Geneva, N.Y.) in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree. Statement: As a resident of Fort Ward since 1975, I have experienced first-hand

the dramatic evolution of KCSD#7 and witnessed profound impact to the neighborhood. KCSD#7 is a technical triumph and a genuine utility success story. My extensive military and business experience in managing challenges are key tools to be KCSD#7 commissioner.

After 30 years serving as an officer, I now want to serve my community. My top priority is vigilance/planning for both infrastructure and jurisdictional independence, and to continue providing excellent service and utility value. I have the vision, diligence and background to serve.

and a 4-H and Master Gardener Educator. I authored the EPAapproved Bainbridge Sole Source Aquifer Petition. I am a board member for Bainbridge Conservation voters. Melanie Keenan Working with agencies, I identified hazardous conditions at Strawberry Plant and Unocal for safe community park planning. I hold B.S. in geology and a fine arts minor.

A: The issue that sets me apart from my opponent is that I believe in self-determination. I am resolved to have this community control its own destiny as much as possible and not to cede authority over our water utility (to KPUD) or any other essential facility or service unless there is a very compelling reason to do so. We became an all-island city and voted to change our form of government to a council-city manager form for good reason. Our city government can do much better, but it’s about effective management and council leadership, not farming out essential functions to others to whom there is a lack of accountability to Bainbridge citizens. I am looking to the future and my opponent seems to be focused primarily on city transgressions of the past, some of which have nothing to do with the current city administration. Let’s be the change we seek.

oriented approach to decision-making on the City Council.

CITY COUNCIL NORTH WARD, Pos. 2 ANNE S. BLAIR Phone: 842-6722 Email: blair@blair4bainbridge.com Website: www.blair4bainbridge.com Biography: Throughout my life and professional career I have acted on the aphorism, “Let your life speak.” While my life has been speaking, I have listened and I have learned. That’s why my B.A. degree from the University of Washington and my more than 30 years experience as an Anne S. Blair executive director and board member in organizations as diverse as Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, Children’s Hospital, Olympic College, Leadership Kitsap, Bainbridge Public Library, Bainbridge Community Foundation and the Kitsap Public Facilities District have prepared me to serve as a member of our City Council. Q: Which issue, perhaps the one you consider most important to the city’s future, sets you apart from your opponent? And why? A: While my opponent and I share a commitment to making changes in our city government, the changes I envision are substantive, specific and emerge from clearly stated goals. Effective local government is a realistic goal for Bainbridge Island. Changing City Hall’s attitude to one of service to the community is an essential first step. We also must reverse community distrust of city government. Sensible, transparent decision-making and conscientious budget oversight that reflects Island priorities will begin rebuilding that trust. Updating the city’s website is an obvious way to enhance transparency, while dramatically improving our local government’s approach to external communication. My opponent and I also differ because I have more than 30 years relevant experience leading and implementing long-term institutional changes. Those experiences taught me that by working collaboratively within a community and in partnership with staff, turning an organization into an efficient and effective entity is do-able and energizing.

MELANIE KEENAN Phone: 780-8155 Email: keenanforcouncil@gmail.com Website: www.keenanforcouncil.com Biography: As a registered hydrogeologist, I bring a practical scientific background and results-based attitude to council, having managed project budgets and staff for environmental consult firms. I serve as a county commissioner-appointed vice chair of the Kitsap Food & Farm Policy Council,

Q: Which issue, perhaps the one you consider most important to the city’s future, sets you apart from your opponent? And why? A: We must renew our efforts to change the “culture” of City Hall as we continue the change of government. With my geologic and project management experience, I represent a fresh and different viewpoint regarding our island resources and financial priorities. Together we can steward community talents toward developing a sustainable future. I offer a comprehensive fiscal understanding as a result of years of direct volunteer involvement with our municipal business, contributing to ongoing projects while attending city meetings. My efforts and input have already resulted in a better outcome for our island. I recognize first hand that citizens deserve a valid process that is truly inclusive of community concerns and provides for equitable enforcement of the codes and law. We can improve our business climate for a healthy tax base to promote what makes Bainbridge such a great place to life. If elected, I will collaborate with council on these priorities.

CENTRAL WARD, Pos. 4 JOE LEVAN Phone: 206-819-5418 Email: electjoelevan@gmail.com Website: www.electjoelevan.com Biography: My commitment to working for effective city government runs deep. I have been a municipal attorney for over 10 years, including currently as a legal consultant for a nonprofit that Joe Levan provides legal and policy assistance to local governments throughout the state. Previously, I served as an in-house city attorney, in private practice for two municipal law firms providing litigation and other services, and as an attorney for Sound Transit. I have also served cities as an interim assistant city manager, a crime analyst and a recycling coordinator. Prior to that, I was an aide for three members of the U.S. Congress. Q: Which issue, perhaps the one you consider most important to the city’s future, sets you apart from your opponent? And why?

DAVE WARD Phone: 855-0910 Email:Davidwardforcitycouncil@gmail.com Website: wwwdavidwardforcitycouncil.com Biography: In addition to being a long-term (21 years) island resident, I believe that I offer the broadest range of relevant experiences. During these years, I’ve served on many boards and Dave Ward committees, including The Port Blakely Harbor Citizens Advisory Committee, Housing Resources Board (two projects), COBI Forestry Committee, BI Rowing (Waterfront Park facility), chair of Cave Neighborhood Community Council and chair of the city’s Utility Advisory Committee. These community experiences combined with my education, including two master’s degrees, along with 25 years of business experience, have prepared me well to serve on the council. Q: Which issue, perhaps the one you consider most important to the city’s future, sets you apart from your opponent? And why? A: I am clearly separated from my opponent by my level of experience with projects and programs at the City of Bainbridge Island. I have gained this experience by years of participation in various volunteer committees. Most recently I have served on the Utility Advisory Committee and spent the last year as chair. I have extensive hands-on knowledge of the workings of the three City utilities, where many of the current problems exist. I combine this knowledge with 30 years of solid business experience. I am used to working with small teams to solve complex problems and manage complicated projects. I am accustomed to measuring performance in activities, and I strongly advocate this approach for all city activities and managers. Only by measuring performance can we determine the value we are receiving for our tax dollars. We absolutely need a business-

AT-LARGE, POS. 1 STEVE BONKOWSKI Phone: 855-0764 Email: bonkowski4citycouncil@gmail.com Biography: As vice president of Northrop Grumman I was responsible for consolidating departments and facilities across the U.S. Regulations Steve Bonkowski were streamlined and red tape was removed through collaboration with colleagues, staff and customers. I have experience dealing with employees, budgets, unions, and local, state and federal laws, regulations and agencies. As a special assistant to the U.S. Department of Interior I developed policy to cut costs through regulation changes and reorganization. My education includes a M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. My community involvement includes Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, Bainbridge Island Rotary Club and the Island Music Center. Q: Which issue, perhaps the one you consider most important to the city’s future, sets you apart from your opponent? And why? A: I view city finances differently than my opponent. His leadership as head of the former Finance Committee on City Council has resulted in a damaged Winslow Way business sector; a low percentage of taxes collected that are actually used to repair and maintain roads; an upcoming 4-Year Capital Plan that’s dominated by voter-approved bonds (rather than a healthy balance of reserves and tax revenues); and an ever-escalating cost of city benefit payouts – one of the highest in our state. Instead, I would reduce the drag on taxes by significantly changing city overhead, institute real incentives for business growth and implement new and less expensive ways of providing necessary services. My experience in restructuring and streamlining organizations will bring a different skill-set to the City Council. My expertise and my proven leadership will help achieve true financial health and long-term sustainability for Bainbridge Island.

BARRY PETERS Phone: 842-7700 Email: barry.peters@ bainbridgevoter.org Website: tiny.cc/ReElectBarry Biography: I’m the only candidate with City Council experience. I Barry Peters See CANDIDATE PROFILES, A14


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helped achieve careful City downsizing from 152 to 111 employees, but preserved 75 percent of our human safety-net dollars for our community’s neediest families. I voted to improve roads and shoreline parks with grant dollars – reducing city taxpayer cost – and helped shape a 2011 budget achieving a big surplus for reserves. My professional experience includes serving as a consultant to employers nationally on responsible governance when entrusted with other people’s money. I was an employee benefits and business attorney for 20 years. My community service: Volunteer mediator includes Kitsap Dispute Resolution Center and cofounder of Sustainable Bainbridge. Q: Which issue, perhaps the one you consider most important to the city’s future, sets you apart from your opponent? And why? Like my opponent, I have extensive business experience with a large business - in my case 15 years with Verizon (including years in senior management). And Steve has similar experience with a big defense contractor. But my career also includes experience with a small community-based nonprofit, supervising a staff of 12, and writing a dozen grant proposals for funding. Furthermore, I’ve worked four years with a University. I’m now a volunteer mediator with Kitsap Dispute Resolution Center. And, before serving on Council, I devoted many years as a co-founder of Sustainable Bainbridge and serving as its first president

-- an organization focused on sustaining the community, the environment and the local economy. I feel that my background enables me to be responsive to a more diverse crosssection of the Bainbridge community.

SOUTH WARD SARAH BLOSSOM Phone: 842-4431 Email: blossoms49@hotmail.com Biography: I have lived on Bainbridge for 34 years, having been born and raised here. I am an attorney and recently opened a new practice on Bainbridge with my older brother. I earned Sarah Blossom a bachelors degree in business administration, with a major in accounting, from Seattle University in 2000. I graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2003. As a fifth generation islander on both sides of my family I have deep, historical and emotional ties the Island. I have lived through many changes here and know that we can accommodate further growth without jeopardizing those characteristics that we love. Q: Which issue, perhaps the one you consider most important to the city’s future, sets you apart from your opponent? And why? The key to our government’s future lies in its commitment to the belief that the government exists to serve our community and

that our community deserves a government that will respond efficiently and effectively to its needs. When our city makes output and efficiency a priority and recognizes the true cost of doing business many of our community’s concerns can be resolved. Taxpayers and ratepayers deserve value for the taxes and fees they pay and a government that will live within its means and deliver on promises made at City Hall. When we have an organization that puts the interests of our community first, we will have an organization that prioritizes the actual delivery of services, such as safe roads. Our community deserves a government that heeds our concerns, is transparent in its process, and has greater accountability for how our money is spent.

ROBERT DASHIELL Phone: 855-8112 Email: rgdimages@aol.com Biography: Washington State native, University of Washington graduate who served 24 years as a U.S. Navy officer. In the Navy, I served as a business specialist, including contract and financial Robert Dashiell management positions and waste/fraud/abuse investigations. Qualified nuclear submarines and a combat veteran of the Gulf War. I co-owned/managed a 1,200-acre farm in eastern Washington. Lived on Bainbridge 15 years. Interests include gardening, pho-

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tography, volunteer work (IslandWood, BITV), soccer coach. Attended hundreds of City of Bainbridge Island meetings and have extensive city government knowledge, including financials, utilities, housing, roads, currently focusing on stormwater and low-impact development. Q: Which issue, perhaps the one you consider most important to the city’s future, sets you apart from your opponent? And why? A: Although my opponent and I seem to both agree city finances continue to remain the dominant issue for the city, we are very distinguishable not by how we intended to solve the city’s financial issues, but by the organization and future implications backing this election effort. I am strictly independent, self-financed, accepting no political contributions, not wanting to owe any individual or organization any future political vote. My opponent is backed by the Ratepayer’s Alliance, which has filed a multi-issue lawsuit against the city that has cost ratepayers and taxpayers in the range of $450,000 to date. If the Ratepayer’s Alliance latest storm water funding legal move is successful in the courts, more than $3 million of the existing city general funds will have to be transferred over to the storm water fund. That single act alone could set the general fund back almost two years and immensely complicate an already difficult city financial situation.

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LETTERS OF ENDORSEMENT CITY COUNCIL North Ward Anne Blair

A positive voice for reason I am writing to express my support for Anne Blair for Bainbridge Island City Council. For decades, Anne has generously given her time and wisdom to numerous boards and commissions – both public and private – including Kitsap Public Facilities District, Bainbridge Public Library and Bainbridge Community Foundation. I have personally known Anne for almost 20 years, and it was my pleasure to observe her leadership skills on a very local level as a founding member of Cedar Lane Park, a neighborhood group formed to purchase and preserve a nearby waterfront parcel. Without a doubt, I can say that Anne will be a great addition to the council. She always comes to the table with an open mind, ready to listen and cooperate with colleagues and community members. She is never combative or driven by a pre-set agenda. Instead, she works collaboratively forpractical consensus-based solutions. The City Council desperately needs Anne’s reasoned intellect, her open-minded creativity and her collaborative spirit. Please join me and many others voting for Anne Blair – a voice for reason and consensus. Bruce Weiland Bainbridge Island

A consensus builder is needed We enthusiastically endorse Anne Blair for City Council. We have known Anne for 33 years, ever since our children first played soccer together. We have served with her on various boards, have witnessed her giving of time and talent to our community, and firmly believe she possesses the skill set necessary to bring effective and efficient government to Bainbridge. Anne is: • an active listener, open-minded and evaluates information fairly; • a consensus builder who works collaboratively and is not driven by a personal agenda; • a leader and is not hesitant to take action to get things done; • a strategic thinker and consummate problem solver; • quick to understand complex issues, but doesn’t jump to false or erroneous conclusions; • knows our greater community, having served on nearly a dozen local boards. We are very fortunate to have someone with Anne’s talents willing to work for us, and work she will. Peter and Wendy O’Connor Crystal Springs

A trusted, complete leader When I make choices, I consider my personal experiences, check out reviews, talk to friends, and look for objective information. That process leads me to choose to vote for Anne Blair for City Council. I have worked with Anne over a period of

34 years on a host of community projects. Our first shared interest was the Bainbridge Public Library where Anne was a leader on the team to plan and raise funds for the first library remodeling project. We have also worked together as parent volunteers on numerous Bainbridge Island school projects and enrichment programs where Anne was always a stalwart organizer and a consummate problem solver. She’s been a board member of so many community groups that it’s hard to think of them all. It’s impossible not to be impressed when you read the reviews of Anne’s achievements. I’m not alone in my admiration of Anne’s executive qualities. There is a long and growing list of community members who have endorsed Anne to make important decisions for our island home. Finally, Anne’s record of results is an objective accounting of projects completed and organizations strengthened through her hard work and ability to put people and ideas together to make good things happen. Trese Williamson Bainbridge Island

Melanie Keenan

Keenan has energy, honesty I am writing on behalf of Melanie Keenan, North Ward candidate for City Council. Melanie is an honest and hard-working professional who is committed to making decisions that will benefit the majority of islanders. She has the energy to take the time to listen to and prioritize citizens’

concerns, and work effectively with other councilors to make progress. Melanie’s scientific training as a hydrogeologist will be a useful complement to the professional expertise already on council, and her training is also needed because there is no one currently on city staff with her background. Over the last several years, she has taken an active role in the island’s management of our water resources and farming policies. She is keenly aware of the challenges we face, and can provide an informed and reasonable opinion. Please join me in supporting a fresh voice on our city council. Jim Wilford Fletcher Bay

Need a trained scientific eye? Who is the one candidate with the trained scientific background to read and understand environmental impact reports and thus to recognize omissions which come back to haunt us? Which candidate has filed her own results of research into the USGS Bainbridge Island Aquifer study? Who has no doubt irritated several city councilors with inconvenient facts about soil contamination at the Winslow Way-Madison Avenue intersecton? And discovered Strawberry Plant Park and other leaking hazardous waste sites that are causing far more damage to the Puget Sound than any shoreline property owner? Which candidate insists that code enforcement and Planning Department decisions See Keenan, A16

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be fair and impartial? Who was appointed to the Food & Farm Policy Council by our County Commissioners to promote reasonable agricultural guidelines? Just one, Melanie Keenan. She does her homework. She brings a trained eye and relentless effort to her investigations. If elected she is committed to represent citizens and work closely with other council members to make our island government more effective and responsive. Please join me in voting for Melanie Keenan for City Council. Glenna Teti Bainbridge Island

Devoted to serving islanders Unlike anyone running for or serving on council, Melanie Keenan is a registered hydrogeologist with regulatory compliance experience on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and Western Washington municipalities. Her scientific background, tenacity in learning the facts on each issue, and willingness to make decisions that will benefit the majority of islanders, sets her apart from her opponent. She is committed to being responsive to islanders’ priorities and will devote her full attention to this position. There are fundamental problems with how our island is being managed. In fiscal year 2011, approximately $12 million of our city’s $15.6 million in revenues were spent

on paying for our staff of 111. We should be spending a minimum of 1.3 million just to maintain our roads; instead, only $400,000 was spent in 2011, and only $600,000 is proposed for next year on this neglected function. The proposed 2012 budget outlines expenditures of $12.9 million on staff against our declining revenues of $15.4 million with an additional $4.5 million needed for debt service. These numbers are not sustainable. Melanie is willing to work with council to realistically address these issues and change the present state of affairs. Our family stands behind my wife Melanie and her dedication to represent and work with fellow citizens for the betterment of our island. Malcolm Gander Bainbridge Island

Central Ward Joe Levan

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decide: are we so inept and so incapable of managing our affairs that we need to privatize and outsource our essential services to the folks in Kitsap County and Poulsbo, where presumable things are done better and citizens are smarter? This is not the government I want for our community. I want positive local government reflective of the wonderful and intelligent community we live in. The folks running for the council whose plan is to make our community better by trashing city government and cutting to the bone services, including those to the vulnerable, need to think again. Do they really believe their mission is to take apart this community’s ability to manage its future through a small government, small community and small ideas design? Leadership is about hope and positive ideas and direction. I believe Joe Levan will help move us in that direction and I urge you to vote for him

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I decided to vote for Joe Levan when he declined to give a letter grade to the city manager at a recent candidate forum. What I see in Joe is a person who would want to evaluate carefully the city’s CEO as part of an informed review process by the council to whom she reports. The letter grades others gave to candidates smacked me of scoring political points, and pandering to the idea that city staff members are a problem rather than problem solvers I have found them to be. In the end, this community has to

Dedicated to learning issues I was privileged to sit on a panel that interviewed all of the candidates running for Bainbridge Island City Council. This opportunity left me with a profound sense of how important it is for us voters to make informed decisions about who we choose to represent us, especially with the new manager/council form of government. To me, David Ward rose above the other candidates as the one most ready to serve we the people. He has dedicated himself

to learning the issues inside and out, with emphasis during these lean times on covering basic needs such as roads, police, efficient water and storm water management, and a more professional and neighborhoodfriendly city planning program. Dave has served on the city’s Forestry Committee, chaired the Utility Advisory Committee, and is president of his neighborhood’s community council. As a retired state park director, I worked for years with elected officials and know what it takes to be an effective lawmaker. Dave fits the mold as the best we have: educated, engaged, mature, thinking and a totally fair candidate. Learn more at wwwdavidwardforcitycouncil.com. Neil C. Johannsen Winslow

South Ward Sarah Blossom

Time to elect one of our own The recent replacement of the sidewalk donor bricks on Winslow Way reminded me of our city’s first council members. My father, H.W. Allen, was its first mayor and I was privileged to know all seven council members. They were devoted citizens who were committed to solving any problems the city may face, as well as plan for the town’s future and success. Flash forward 64 years and we now have the opportunity to vote for Sarah Blossom, a fifth-generation Bainbridge Island resident See BLOSSOM, A17

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Steve Bonkowski

who, much like the original council, knows the island’s history and, with her business and law degrees and experience in both fields, understands the challenges facing the island and its citizens. Sarah’s a volunteer in many sectors, business woman, lawyer, Guardian ad Litem and, most importantly, she is a great listener. Before she forms an opinion she truly listens to all aspects of an issue and then forms an honest, educated and accountable opinion. My wife and I are very proud to cast our votes for Sarah. She loves this island, and is qualified for and committed to this responsibility.

A problem-solving manager

Herb and Ardie Allen Bainbridge Island

Robert Dashiell

Analytical and will speak out Having known Robert Dashiell for eight years, we have witnessed his dedication and active participation in island politics, whether filming City Council meetings for public access viewing, writing thoughtful letters on controversial issues or offering insightful comment at council meetings on community concerns. In the last eight years, he has probably attended more council meetings than any other islander. He listens analytically to all points of view and tirelessly researches issues before forming an opinion. As a retired senior U.S. Navy procurement officer, he understands budgets, project management, and fiscal responsibility. Robert speaks out for what he believes even when his opinions may run counter to the general consensus. He is in favor of slowing down our population growth, which helps to preserve the special small-town feel of our Island. Most people have moved to Bainbridge Island because they like it as it is. We feel Robert Dashiell offers a refreshing perspective on island issues and would be a friendly, accessible and effective City Council member. We encourage you to vote for him. Penelope Wood Rob Wagoner

I appreciate City Council candidate Steve Bonkowski’s research on what’s going on with our roads on Bainbridge Island, and his proposed solutions. As a former high-level manager, Steve understands creative problem solving, and he believes that the concept of voter bonds for repairs is not a viable solution to this recurring city expense. Steve has recently uncovered the following: In 2011 the city’s road fund was $2.8 million; the fund’s overhead was $1.2 million, leaving only $1.6 million to perform actual road work; the city sealed only four miles of road, at a cost of $100,000 per mile. Steve understands that we need to resurface a greater percentage of our island’s 140 miles of roadway in a year. According to his research, other cities chip seal their roads for as little as $30,000 per mile, which is 66 percent lower than what COBI paid this year. When he is elected, Steve will work on ways to allow the city to experience similar cost-savings, and get the job done. Personally, I believe we need a problem solver as our at-large council member not a representative who repeatedly requests increased fees and the sale of city bonds. I hope you’ll join me in voting for Steve Bonkowski for the at-large council seat. Jan Gleason Bainbridge Island

Barry Peters

Seeks solutions, collaboration We are fortunate to have a spirited participatory democracy on Bainbridge. Sometimes, however, it seems like the only thing we do is grumble, especially at our City Council and staff. Occasionally, I think we need to take stock and feel grateful for what we have and what we’ve accomplished. I believe that both our council and staff deserve credit for their hard work in creating a more vital and sustainable community. In a time of big economic challenges, they have made great progress in bringing

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our financial house into order. They have provided a vision and a plan for our community to sustain our unique assets—vital businesses, vibrant community and protection of our natural resources. That’s why it’s so important to re-elect Barry Peters as our at-large representative. In a time of political discord and economic stress locally and nationally, Barry is a voice of reason, cooperation and civility. Barry is a very smart guy who has always worked for positive solutions through collaboration with fellow council members, the city manager and other community leaders. When I go downtown, I see a vibrant, hustling and bustling community. The pedestrian-friendly reconstruction will enhance our connectedness, as well as make us more economically successful. Too many other towns without a vision, are “dead and dying,” the streets empty, with shoppers in nearby big box stores. We can thank our city leaders for helping make our community a great place to live. For four years, Barry has listened to his constituents and worked hard to dig into city issues to find solutions. A vote to re-elect Barry is a vote for stewardship, foresight and leadership for our community. Vicki Johnson Bainbridge Island

Works for common good In the upcoming election, we have a chance to elect a Bainbridge Island City Council that actually works together to solve the city’s substantial problems. The ability to work together for the common good, listen to community inputs and incorporate the best ideas and practices into codes, budgets and laws is a skill set that is mandatory for our council members to be successful. Barry Peters has that skill set. I know Barry as a friend and fellow volunteer mediator and have seen Barry’s skills as a good listener and facilitator. He is skillful at hearing all points of view in a dispute and in facilitating solutions that actually work for the parties in “fixing” the conflict. He brings those same skills to the Council. He also has the intellectual skills to understand the problems, and the creativity to offer solutions, and he has the skills to seek consensus with his fellow council members

that can translate ideas into action. One council member is not enough to solve any problem. It takes the community and a council member that can work with others. Barry is that guy. Barry has strong commitments to the environment and to the financial well-being of our city. He has worked successfully and diligently with others to put Bainbridge Island on a firm financial footing, which was missing when he took office. He made the tough decisions to reduce spending and he understood the trade-offs that were necessary to balance a budget and provide services needed by the citizens. This was hands on, sometimes painful, onthe-job experience. He brings that experience and judgment to every council meeting. He has a positive outlook and is committed to working for all of the citizens of Bainbridge Island. We need his experience and judgment on the council and I enthusiastically support his re-election to the council. Charles Branham Bainbridge Island

Council needs his experience It’s tough to be an incumbent when the economy is forcing difficult choices on governments at all levels. But some incumbents are able to be pragmatic in this moment and visionary for the future. We think Barry Peters is exactly that kind of incumbent. Barry joined with colleague Hilary Franz in helping to win a $5 million grant for our island’s Repower Bainbridge program; he’s helped move forward an award-winning program to encourage green and affordable housing in Winslow; and has helped support our main street and island businesses by serving as the council’s liaison to our Chamber of Commerce. We have been friends with Barry since he and his wife first moved to Bainbridge. We encouraged him to run for office and have been delighted with his combination of pragmatism and idealism. We admire how accessible Barry is to one and all – always open to discuss community members’ hopes and concerns. Our community needs an experienced person on our council. We think Barry has the values, the vision, experience and the love for our community to help lead our beloved island into a sustainable and joyful future. David and Frances Korten Bainbridge Island

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Multiple Endorsements Elect candidates who are open minded, responsive Everyone knows we are on the verge of another Bainbridge Island local election. The last election brought us a change in government along with two “new” council members. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to affect a change in the political culture at City Hall. We have watched the continued dismal mismanagement of the Winslow Way reconstruction project; the inexcusable for dragging on the transfer of the water utility to a private contractor; and currently the council’s shameless attempt to minimize the alleged open meetings violations by the Civil Service Commission. When is enough enough? As one of the committee members who supported and campaigned for the change of government, I want to make it very clear that I am dissatisfied with the current actions of our City Council. We still seem to be dealing with that “circle the wagons” mentality evidenced by the preponderance of four to three votes. Looking at the four members of council that make up the voting block it is significant that one is leaving the council and the another is running for reelection. If you wish to see a change in council’s voting patterns as I do, then it is necessary to look carefully at the candidates and vote for those who will offer a more open minded and responsive community council. That is why I am casting my vote for Steve Bonkowski, David Ward and Sarah

Blossom and I sincerely hope that you will consider them also.

Tom Kilbane Bainbridge Island

Team players deserve our vote over the small, vocal minority During this period of divisiveness and rancor on the island caused by a very small but vocal group, we need to vote for astute people who are team players and who are thoughtful, collaborative, consensus-builders who want to strengthen our community and hone in on what makes this a unique place. I am getting weary of the naysayers and the people who scream at our City Council members and staff during meetings. I am casting my vote for Anne Blair for council – she is a tough, experienced, and smart woman. I worked with Anne years ago on a strategic plan. At that time, I did not know who she was. But when she spoke, I sat up and paid attention. She was able to cut through the chaff and get to the grain in a polite and civil manner. We need her voice on the council. I am giving Robert Dashiell my vote also. He has been involved with the city for years as a watchdog and an honest presenter of his research and findings. He is a direct and reasoned voice. Joe Levan will get my vote: his work experience should benefit the council and he brings no agenda with him. As for County Commissioner, I am voting for Rob Gelder. I work with him so I have seen him in action. His intelligence balances well with his compassion. With his service-to-the-people attitude that he brings to the table, he listens and moves projects forward. Linda Owens Bainbridge Island

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Vote for candidates with strong leadership qualities Most endorsement letters highlight professional expertise and notable achievements as qualifications for City Council. Current and previous city councils include remarkably accomplished individuals. This election’s candidates are no exception. My perspective goes beyond the usual. A former council member who worked for years to bring accord and teamwork to the council, my efforts to help change our form of government were successful. People say they don’t see change … they don’t want more status quo; same politicos running City Hall, little interest in listening or cooperating with anyone else. Then stop voting status quo. Change begins with the community. If you elect people based on their professions, politics, or personal “plans,” instead of electing people on their ability to cooperate and work with others, you will continue to feel shut out of your government. If they can’t work together, how are they going to work with the community? They aren’t. If you elect someone who already has all the answers, why will they listen to anyone else? They won’t. How can voters choose a city council that will have the ability to bring us the kind of government we voted for in 2009? Step one: Choose cooperative people. Step two: They will listen and work together with the community, because it’s how they work on everything. Step three: Things will be different than they are now: no more status quo. Instead of a “panel of experts,” whose tendencies might be to “out perform” one another, choose demonstrated personal traits of leadership built on teamwork.

Bainbridge isn’t “the other Washington.” Being “in charge” is not leadership. Leadership is the ability to bring people together for a common cause, it does not divide them. An old-time islander once told me, “I don’t vote for anybody I don’t know.” Get to know these candidates; join me voting for them, because each has demonstrated the traits of real leadership over and over again. Please vote for Sarah Blossom, Steve Bonkowski, David Ward, and Anne Blair. Debbie Vancil City Council, 2001-2009

Council members should serve community first, not agenda I’ve been thinking a lot over the last few months about what motivates our City Council members. I conclude there are two types of people on council: those whose primary instinct is to serve city government and those whose primary instinct is to serve community interests. I appreciate both tendencies – government needs to look inward and outward to function. But council members who are too quick to defend city management from criticism and too prone to substitute technical arguments for policy positions do us all a disservice. We put council members on the dais to listen and to lead, not (just) to protect the city from embarrassment and litigation. When I receive my ballot, I will vote for candidates who are not inclined to further the council’s self-protective tendencies, since these tendencies are getting in the way of good decision making. I endorse: See HENDRICKSON, A21

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• Dave Ward, a passionate neighborhood activist with a charming lack of tolerance for feel-good talk when it comes to roads and utilities. • Steve Bonkowski, because he favors clear goals and accountability measures, and is concerned with government performance by the council, police chief and city manager, which is a nice contrast to the self-congratulatory style favored by his opponent. • Sarah Blossom, because she speaks with respect about citizens and seems to sincerely value their involvement in city decisions; her opponent, in contrast, is on record minimizing the need for open public meetings, which are essential to good government. • I have high regard for both North Ward candidates, Melanie Keenan and Anne Blair; they impress me with their skills and integrity, and neither strike me as the type to avoid important decisions. Nor should we this election season. Kim Hendrickson Bainbridge Island

City Hall could use a little sunlight and fresh air As a former City Council candidate, waterfront property owner and one generally interested in our island’s governmental affairs, I thought it appropriate to share my council park district selections with my

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friends and neighbors. Many of us feel strongly that we need sunlight and fresh air at City Hall. Some fresh thinking on the park district commission wouldn’t be a bad thing either. Please consider joining me in voting for Steve Bonkowski, Sarah Blossom, Melanie Keenan and David Ward for council, and last but not least, Ron Luke for park commission. Curt Winston Bainbridge Island

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ational areas available; and look for possible revenue opportunities, i.e., group events, music, art, food – all to bring financial accountability to the Park District. Why wouldn’t we want someone such as Ron Luke on our park commission? I feel he would be an asset, very accessible, and with no self-interest other than to benefit our entire community. I’m voting for him. You should too. Sunny Day Bainbridge Island

Wini Jones Bainbridge Island

Con

Fine for a year, then cost Port District Prop. 1 would go up dramatically

Ron Luke

Pro

Parks needs a commissioner who offers much, takes little

Port would boost business and help the environment

I’ve known Ron Luke for several years, having become acquainted through community events and campaign volunteerism. He’s what I call a straight arrow. Ron, upon deciding he would look into improving access to our various recreational areas, really started work as our unpaid investigative staffer early this year. Indefatigable in his pursuits of the fate of the many millions budgeted and spent with meager visible results, he decided to run for Bainbridge Island Parks Commissioner, Pos. 5. I am delighted and grateful. I love newbies getting involved. Ron is the kind of person who will: do more to improve/maximize what we have in this era of declining revenue; raise the local/visitor awareness of the many recre-

Ports have been very helpful to the environment of their local areas. The Port of Anacortes has just completed phase three of an extensive cleanup of their waterfront. The first two were removal of debris and sediments, and the third is upland restoration. More than a million salmon have been reared during the past decade by the Port of Grays Harbor. With the help of the Port of Kalama on the Columbia River, a high school marine sciences class created a two-acre wetland by planting native materials beneficial to fish and animal life. And there are many more examples. The economies of both Poulsbo and Kingston benefit greatly from their ports. In 2010, the Port of Kingston sold 160,000 gallons of marine fuel, with a profit margin of 12 percent. With its 45 guest slips, the port had 2,100 boater nights. Each boat spent $340 per boat per night. The result was $714,000 infused into the local economy. Poulsbo has 120 guests slips that were used for 6,001 nights in 2010. Average spent per boater day was $292. Average guest moorage fee was $36. Average daily fuel purchase was $173. Total daily expenditure per boat per day was $501. The result was more $3 million added to the economy. Where do Seattle boaters go for a weekend? In addition to the guest slips in Poulsbo and Kingston, there are 70 in Port Orchard, 60 in Port Ludlow, 55 in Bremerton and 25 in Brownsville. All except Bremerton offer fuel, water and power. For Bremerton, the Port Orchard fuel dock is just across the harbor. We have a 400-foot dock with no gas, no water and no power that, maybe, could dock six boats but not on low tide because only 100 feet of it is accessible. It is not ADA

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Proponents of creating a Port of Bainbridge Island describe it as a potential cornucopia of good things. It would be an engine of economic development, create jobs, build new bike trails, rebuild the city dock complete with fuel pumps, create a marina with boat haul out capability, install multiple kayak launching facilities, improve road end access to the beaches. One runs out of breath listing its benefits. And we can have all this, we’re told, for the price of “a latte a month.” If you believe we can get all this for the price of “a latte a month” you probably would have been a good candidate for Bernie Madoff ’s financial services. The port’s advocates tell us they’ll “recommend” to the new commissioners a tax rate of 11 cents per thousand of home value. That’s easy enough for the first year or so, as the commissioners hire an executive director and staff; decide what they’re going to do about inevitable union issues; obtain, furnish and equip – maybe build – office space; decide what to pay themselves; squabble over an ethics manual; and set up something that looks like a mini-version of the City of Bainbridge Island government. All this before they get around to economic development, jobs, kayaks, fuel pumps, etc. What the proponents don’t emphasize is that the port’s charter would allow it to condemn and seize land, contract debt and go up to a 45 cents per $1,000 tax rate whenever the commissioners feel like it. Once past the organizational stage, forget the 11 cent tax rate. We’ll not be in latteland anymore. I’m an avid boater and I’d love to have a gas dock here. But all I want is the fuel; I don’t want to invest in the thing. Maybe the proponents can pool their money and put in a fuel station themselves. I’m sure it would make them tons of money. Now that’s an idea! Jim Mooney Pleasant Beach Drive

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Boaters need to lead the way to pass Port District initiative Boaters must vote for the Port of Bainbridge Island. There are more than 2,500 licensed boats in the state with Bainbridge Island addresses. Add to that the 400-plus documented boats with island addresses. Assuming that there are five registered voters per boat that makes 6000 votes possible votes to pass this issue and elect the five-member initial commission. With your vote we can come up with a three-year plan to finally give our local boaters their needs of local fuel, decent waste disposal facility and haul-out facility so they can get their needs locally. More important they will be providing jobs, cash and taxes for our financially impaired City of Bainbridge Island at a very low cost to form a new taxing district. And do not forget the $2 million legal fee that WSF paid to the city to avoid two long-standing legal issues over providing a community ship maintenance facility on the WSF Maintenance Facility on Eagle Harbor. I had to quit being a boater because of my growing age I had boats for at least 50 years with 25 of those years being located on Bainbridge Island. I know how much Bainbridge boaters’ cash goes just for fuel

and maintenance to locations as Seattle, Kingston, Brownsville, Port Townsend, Edmonds, Port Orchard, etc. If we had decent facilities here all the cash and maintenance costs could stay on Bainbridge Island and create a lot of local jobs. Now if we had decent facilities for visiting boats like Poulsbo, we could attract a lot of boaters who would leave their visiting dollars to our local business My information is that Poulsbo last year attracted 6,000 visiting overnight boaters who, it is estimated that they spent an estimated $300 per day to local Poulsbo businesses. They also sold $173 daily fuel purchases. Poulsbo is not the only community that gets a lot of cash from boaters both local and visitors. Check out Kingston’s Port District’s great facilities for fuel and visitor moorings. With fuel prices continuing to go up and with decent visitor facilities we should be able to get a lot of the Seattle boaters’ attention. This community needs financial help and create badly needed jobs that the city cannon provide. I have yet to mention the needs for a local boat haul-out facility and its associated maintenance capabilities that will provide local jobs. Bainbridge boaters can win this election and provide jobs and bring some outside cash to our City and businesses. The cost per year for the first two to three years when the new Port District operating commission is drawing up a plan is about a latte per month per average tax parcel. Merrill Robison Bainbridge Island

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Bond issue is a better solution Some islanders desire to have water-related amenities that the city is not able to supply, due primarily to a lack of funds. The answer, in my opinion, is not to add more overhead (office space, management, staff) with a Port District. Instead, put to a vote of Bainbridge Island citizens, a bond, which proposes to authorize specific funds, to be managed by one of our existing governmental authorities. The city, for example, did a great job of securing open space, mostly at bargain values, after we passed an $8 million Open Space Bond issue in 2001. If the promoters of a Port District value the amenities it could provide, and not merely the thrill of running a new organization, I urge them to meet with either the City Council or Park District Board, or both, and ask them to put a bond issue on the ballot next year. It will certainly be a less expensive and more efficient means to fulfill their indicated end result. In the meantime, I urge my fellow voters to reject the proposed Port District formation. Norm Wooldridge Manzanita Road

Pro

Port facts voters should know Before you vote on the Port of Bainbridge Island issue, these facts should be considered by everyone. In 1911, the Legislature enacted laws that allowed people to establish port districts. Ports are municipal corporations of the state and

classified as especial purpose districts. They are legally separate and fiscally independent of other state or local governments. They can build and operate marinas, airports, railroads, industrial sites, park and recreational facilities and marine shipping terminals. They can facilitate trade and economic development and promote tourism. They range in size to very small to very large. Port of South Whidbey operates a recreational pier, boat launch ramps and recreational parks with two employees. Port of Seattle generates about 111,000 jobs. Port boundaries are defined by the voters who form the district, and port boundaries cannot overlap. There are 75 ports in Washington, located in 33 of 39 of Washington’s counties. About one-third are not on water. Kitsap County has the most ports with 12. It is the largest locally controlled public port system in the world. The state has 2 percent of the U.S. population and its ports handle 7 percent of U.S. exports and 6 percent of imports. All ports are governed by the same state laws; each is locally controlled and focused on local priorities. Washington’s port system is the largest locally controlled port system in the world. Voters are elected and are directly accountable to the public. There are a large number of powers granted by the state Legislature to the individual ports. There are many things a Port Authority can do for Bainbridge Island. And with minimal funds focused on just this one thing – how to improve the uses and access to our waters. After all, we are surrounded by them. Elizabeth Murray A candidate for Port Commission

Endorsement list as of October 19, 2011. Most recent listing at website below. Nancy Adams & Marc Adams Kathleen Alcala Margot Amestoy Sue Andresen & Dennis Kirkpatrick Claudia & Bill Anderson Susan & John Anderson Mary Anderson & Trey Walker Lois Andrus Tom Armentrout Rita Arnstein Lori Axling Linda Bairds Neil Baker Ruth Baleiko Bill Baran-Mickle Anne Payne Barker

Jackie Bauer Steve Bauer Karen & Tom Beierle Len Beil Dana Berg Colorado Family Blair Heidi & Chris Blair Connie & Bob Blair Lois Boubong Mary and Dick Braden Jane & Stan Brand Ginny Brewer Janet & Chris Brookes Anne C. Browne Patsy Bryant Helen Burke Sherry & Bob Burke Susie & Doug Burns Frank Buxton

Ruth & Howard Carr Joni Carter James Canfield Mackie Cargill & John Carney Myrna Casad Karen McCarthy Casey Faith & Jim Chapel Carol Chapman Jennifer Chu & Mike Walton Linnea Enz Chu Vicki Clayton Joan Collins Marina Cofer-Wildsmith Pat Colgan Michelle Costa Luanne & Tom Croker Mary Curtis

Lois Curtis Julie Ann Dakin Christine Davis Harriet & Steve Davis Sandra Davis Angela deOliveira Lynn DeVries Diggs Docter Lyla Doyle Ginger Duncan Leatrice & Herb Eiseman Janie Ekberg Cheryle & Bror Elmquist Ela & Kim Esterberg Carol Finch Lynn & George Frasier Amba and Don Gale Maradel Gale

Joan Gardiner Ellie Gardner Kate Gormley Jeff Guebles Denise Harris Cindy & David Harrison Susan G. Hayes Kathy Hendrickson Claire Hicks Rob Hillman Glenda R. Inman Anne Johansson Cathy & Bill Johnson Karoline & Wyman Johnson Vicki & Steve Johnson Priscilla Jones Maureen Jurcak Mac Kennedy

Barbara Kerr Micki Kent Marcia & Tom Kilbane Kitsap Democratic Women Terry Klein Darlene Kordonowy Kathy & Tedd Kraft Anne & Paul Kuntz Delona Kurtz Karen & Ed Kushner Kristen & Ron Lahner Anne & Brian Lawler Alice C. Leach Gigi & Steve Leach Kim Leatham Juliet LeDorze Carolyn & Tom Leigh Susan Levy

Fritz Levy Nancy & Mike Lewars Brenda & Al Lindstrum Sue & Jim MacFarlane Jessica & Doug Magnusen Andrea T. Mann David Margolin Sallie & Andy Maron Joan Marsden & Del Miller Sylvia & Jim Martine Kara & Ken Masters Mathers Family Jane McCotter & Roger Lauen Lynda McMaken Nina & Bill Meierding Pat Miller

Fran & David Moen Karen & Mark Molinari Bobbie & Mike Morgan Sarah Morgan Charisa Moore Susan Morss Karen Munro Ralph Munro Molly Neary Anna Neff Wendy & Peter O’Connor Eileen Okada Steve Olsen Hilary & John Parker Betsy Peabody Katie & Kevin Pearson Nancy Pearson Betty Petras

Lynn & Jim Pippard Toby & Jon Quitsland Carol Reanier Susan Rennells Pat & Ed Reynolds Sandy Rich Sally & Merrill Robison Anita & Phil Rockefeller Rebecca Rockefeller Judy Roda Wayne Roth Kate Ruffing David Sales Angela Sandri John Savo Gloria Sayler & Randal Samstag Jo Schaffer Jolene Schraeter

Sandy Schubach Cynthia Sears & Frank Buxton Janice Silva Robert Steiner Gail Shermack Sally Sieber Ann Sievertson Nathalie & Marty Simsak Lynn & John Sinclair Joan Smith Cameron & Chris Snow Birgul Solak Marie Spearman Ellin Spenser Regina & Dale Spoor Jane & Marc Stewart Jean & Jon Strauss

Annette Stollman Frank Stowell Linda & James Strickler Ellaine & Tony Sultan Dwight Sutton Susan Swannack-Nunn Alice Tawresey Nancy Taylor Mary Terry Ginger & Jim Thrash Judy Tingley Mary & Doug Tuffley Marilyn Turkovich Debbie & Richard Vancil Jo VanderStoep Connie Waddington Lauren Walsh Elizabeth Ward

Elsa Watson Kristy & Tom Watson Kate Webster Bruce Weiland Carol & Sandy White Trese & Frank Williamson Delight Willing Barbara Wilson John Wilson Elise Wright Nan & Norm Woolridge Nicola Yarbourgh Kay & Don Yockey Sandy & Denny Young Clair Younker-Moe Paul Ziakin


BIR General Election - November 8, 2011