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VOTERS GUIDE for the Aug. 1, 2017 primary election


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Your ballot must be postmarked by Aug. 1 T

he primary election is Aug. 1. Your ballot must be postmarked by Aug, 1, or deposited into a ballot drop box that day by 8 p.m. The two top finishers in each race will advance to the Nov. 1 general election. This Voters Guide is published SCHOOL DISTRICTS to provides you with information n North Kitsap School Board, about the candidates and issues District 3. in the primary election. n Central Kitsap School Board, It includes candidate Q&As District 5. and profiles of all candidates and SOUTH KITSAP issues on the Aug. 1 primary elecn South Kitsap Fire and Rescue tion ballot: Proposition 1. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND In addition to information about n Bainbridge City Council, candidates on the ballot, you’ll District 7. also find information about the n Bainbridge Island School job. Board, District 5. Candidates’ answers were limBREMERTON ited to 75 words per question and n Bremerton mayor. were edited for length, grammar n Bremerton City Council, and spelling. District 1. n Bremerton City Council, Voter registration District 3. July 3 was the deadline for

new Washington voters to register online or by mail, and for existing Washington voters to make address changes. July 24 is the deadline for new Washington voters to register in person at the Kitsap County Auditor Elections Office, 619 Division St., Port Orchard. The elections office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call ​360-337-7128. Aug. 1: Members of the military who are new Washington voters have until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 1, to register. Register to vote or review your registration information, voter history, or change your name and address at https://weiapplets.sos.

Ballot drop box locations NORTH

Bainbridge Island School District, 8489 Madison Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island Located near the west parking lot. n North Kitsap Fire & Rescue, 26642 Miller Bay Road NE, Kingston. n Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 NE Liberty Road, Poulsbo. n Norwegian Point Park, NE Twin Spits Road, Hansville. n Village Green Park, NE West Kingston Road, Kingston. n Suquamish Tribal Council Building, 18490 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish. n


Located in the upper parking lot. n Bremerton Elks Lodge 1181, 4131 Pine Road NE, Bremerton. n West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E St., Bremerton. SOUTH

Kitsap County Auditor’s Office, 619 Division St, Port Orchard. Located near the corner of Division Street and Cline Avenue. n South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 8, 1974 Fircrest Drive SE, Port Orchard. n South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 17, 7990 McCormick Woods Drive SW, Port Orchard. n Manchester Stormwater Park, Manchester. n WSF Southworth Terminal. n

Central Kitsap School District Administration Building, 9210 Silverdale Way NW, You and your ballot Silverdale. Located in the rear/ You should receive your ballot Track your ballot north parking lot. by mail by July 20, according to the n Kitsap Regional Library, You can track your ballot at Kitsap County Auditor Elections 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton. office. If you do not receive your n Norm Dicks Government ballot, call 360-337-7128 or email Center, 345 Sixth St., Bremerton. n

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Bainbridge Island City Council, District 7 CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS FROM RACE J. Mack Pearl stated on June 30 that he has “effectively withdrawn” from the race for City Council, District 7. “I’m not going to campaign although my name will still be on the ballot,” he said.

Kevin Fetterly

Joe Deets

JOE DEETS Phone: 206-855-4893 Email: DeetsforCouncil@gmail. com Website: JoeDeetsForCouncil. com Education: B.S. in Finance, University of Montana; MBA, Seattle University; M.A. in Environment and Community, Antioch University. Professional experience: Solar energy consultant. Public service: Bainbridge Island Ethics Board; volunteer, Bainbridge Island School District, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice.

KEVIN FETTERLY Phone: 206-451-5118 Email: Website: Education: Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University. Professional experience: President of Apria Technology, supplier to integrated circuit industry. Public service: Habitat for Humanity laborer.

Q: What should be the priority for improving Highway 305 — changes made to improve safety for motorists, or roadside improvements for non-motorists? DEETS: Transportation improvements should be made for the safety of all users. My focus is for an integrated multimodal transportation system that provides a range of safe alternatives — bicycles, cars, public transit and pedestrians. FETTERLY: We should see how well the Sound-to-Olympic Trail actually works before extending it. If it attracts bicyclists and pedestrians then further investment should be considered. If it doesn’t, then it is just another white elephant. There are several locations on 305 that do need turn lanes to improve vehicle safety.

should get going on a major improvements to our road shoulders and paths. We have all been told to get out and walk more, but some of our arterial streets are way too dangerous for pedestrians.

Q: Do you support a ballot measure to raise property taxes, or the city’s general property tax levy, to fund new bike lanes, paths and trails? DEETS: Strong support for new bike lanes, paths and trails has long been a Bainbridge priority, which I heartily support. Instead of raising property taxes, a bond measure directly allocated to these improvements will help ensure that they are completed in a timely manner. FETTERLY: Yes. We definitely

Q: Should public funding be a component of the financing for a new downtown parking garage? Explain. DEETS: Since the parking garage would be a public building on city property, and that the city would receive the revenues, the public should be able to decide on the project — either by public vote, or advisory vote, if it wishes to financially support a downtown parking garage with tax dollars. FETTERLY: The city should only fund a garage to the level that it

Q: What’s been the city’s biggest accomplishment of the past four years, and what do you hope will be the biggest accomplishment during your time on the council, if elected? DEETS: Improvement in the city’s bond rating is certainly a step in the right direction. Fiscal responsibility is good governance and because of my background in financial accountability, I will be looking hard in this area. Also, I want to work to build trust

About the job

the month). The mayor, who is elected by the council, receives $625 a pay period. According to www. The City of Bainbridge Island is a

non-charter code city with a council/manager form of government ... The responsibilities and authority of the city manager and the City Council are regulated by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

Members of the Bainbridge Island City Council are each elected to four-year terms and receive $500 a pay period (the 5th and 25th of

is used for City Hall access. If 20 percent of the use is for City Hall patrons, then the city should fund 20 percent. The bulk of the cost should be funded by the nearby commercial land owners that will benefit.

J. Mack Pearl

J. MACK PEARL Phone: 206-909-9745 Email: pearlforcouncil@gmail. com Education: U.S. Air Force, 197679; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; master’s degree in Architecture, UCLA. Professional experience: Owner, J Mack Pearl Architect. Public service: Chairman, Bainbridge Island Planning Commission (current); Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council board, six years; Public Art Committee chairman, four years; Design Review Board, six years.

change that? DEETS: For it to function effectively, the community must have reason to trust its government. During my term as chairman of the Ethics Board, measurable progress had been made to educate members and council on the city’s Core Values and Ethics Program. As a council member, I will urge that the Ethics Board’s outreach efforts continue to expand, and include city staff. I also pledge that my council service will be based on accountability and transparency. FETTERLY: I would cut the number of goals that the city is trying to accomplish. Let’s prioritize and do a few programs really well. Once citizens see results, their confidence will improve.

Q: Would you support or oppose allowing public observation of collective bargaining sessions with public employees? DEETS: The Open Meetings Act requirements does not apply to collective bargaining. This includes between the council, city staff, and contract negotations. While I am a strong supporter of transparency the community, with a focus on government honesty and transpar- in all government processes, there is also the necessary back-andency. FETTERLY: I think that the city’s forth negotiating in bargaining sessions. With public observation, acquisition of Fay Bainbridge and there is the real possibility of politiFort Ward state parks has been a cal posturing taking place, rather success. It’s pretty clear that the than genuine negotations. For city maintains these parks at a higher level than the state ever did. these reasons I do not see public observation as serving the best If elected, my number one goal interest of the public. is to implement a bike lane/paths FETTERLY: Tough question. and trails program. I personally would not want to negotiate in public. Give-and-take Q: In the city’s last survey requires one to take chances with of residents, there was a lack trial ideas. The problem is that of confidence in City Hall (just John Q. Taxpayer doesn’t get to sit 35 percent positive), and most at the table when the sweetheart islanders said the city was not deals are rubber stamped. on the right track and was not honest with residents. What would you specifically do to

Section 35A.13. The City Council is the legislative branch of city government. The City Council can set public policy in two major ways: By enacting ordinances during the year.

By establishing budgetary (taxing and spending) policies. Council duties also include defining the functions, powers and duties of city officers and employees.

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Bainbridge Island School Board, District 5 Q: How do you intend to address concerns that the Bainbridge Island School District does not act with transparency? BURNS: BISD can become the type of collaborative, engaged district that leverages community resources to improve learning outcomes. To get there, we should adopt new, 21st century approaches to community engagement. For example, BISD could create an innovation team focused on engaging our community with solving problems facing the district. There are myriad other options to consider—however I believe we need to commit to becoming a national leader using innovative approaches to engage our community. JAKUBIK: Did not respond by deadline. WAKEFIELD: For me, transparency is not subjective. If the community has concerns that BISD is not transparent, then those concerns need to be addressed concretely. One of the principle means to do this is to ensure that all decision-making criteria and processes are clearly articulated, and that data and analysis is not only publicly accessible, but regularly shared and discussed in public settings. Q: Will you support the closure of the Commodore Building and the relocation of the Options program elsewhere in the district? BURNS: As a prospective board member, my role is not to simply take sides issues like this. Rather, my role would be to help ensure that our district adopts a rigorous, transparent process to identify, evaluate and recommend options. Furthermore, I intend to make sure that evaluation process used by the district ensures that we consider both short-term needs to reduce expenses, while also strategically positioning the Options programs for future sustainable operations. JAKUBIK: Did not respond by deadline. WAKEFIELD: Yes. Much of Commodore is currently condemned and the rest is run-down to the point that it does not ensure a safe, healthy and stimulating learning environment for its students. That said, I do strongly support BISD’s options programs.

About the job Bainbridge Island School Board members are each elected to fouryear terms. School board members may receive compensation of up to $50

Jesse Burns

JESSE BURNS Phone: 206-686-3826 Email: jesseburns@post.harvard. edu Website: www.jesseburnsbisd. com Education: Master’s degrees in School Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and in Public Affairs from UW’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance; bachelor of science, Western Washington University. Professional experience: More than 15 years of senior leadership and management consulting experience in education, technology, philanthropy and nonprofit sectors with a focus on strategic planning. Public service: 2017 Harvard Young American Leadership Program; volunteer, MITNW Entrepreneurial Forum; SVP Partner, two years; UW Business Plan judge, four years; SVP Social Enterprise Competition judge, four years.

Sheila Jakubik

SHEILA JAKUBIK Phone: 206-780-2514 Email: Education: Master’s degree in teaching, Whitworth University; B.A., University of Washington. Professional experience: Director, Bethany Lutheran Preschool for nine years; special-education teacher, Woodward Middle School; special-education and English teacher, Bothell High School. Public service: Bainbridge Island School Board, currently serving as president; Bainbridge Schools Foundation Board, Parent-Teacher Organization Coordinating Council president, Ordway Elementary Site Council, Sakai Intermediate Site Council, Girl Scout leader.

Christina Wakefield

CHRISTINA WAKEFIELD Phone: 206-866-8097 Email: christina.fontecchio@ Education: Master’s degree in Health Science, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and English Literature, Duke University. Professional experience: Adviser (global health, social and behavior change), The Manoff Group; team leader and technical director, USAID; research associate, World Health Organization. Public service: Bainbridge Community Foundation; chair, Ordway Elementary Science Fair; volunteer, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate); founder, Bainbridge Kids Be the Change Club; U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Haiti and Dominican Republic (2003-05); volunteer, San Francisco AIDS Foundation hotline.

Q: Should the district deliver on what was promised to voters in the 2016 capital bond (a 600-seat theater at Bainbridge High School, a new Blakely Elementary School, and a new BHS 100 Building) or scale back the scope and size of new facilities? BURNS: Yes. Physical infrastructure is critical to ensure that our students spend their time in safe and productive learning environments. Historically our district (along with many others) reaped the benefits of capital investments from previous generations. The restricted funds raised in the 2016

bond should be used to update and expand our physical infrastructure. We need to continue investing in both our human capital and physical capital to maintain high quality education for years to come. JAKUBIK: Did not respond by deadline. WAKEFIELD: Study after study indicates that for students to maximize their learning potential, the learning environment is critical. Far beyond being simply safe, warm and dry, such environments serve as a source of inspiration and a reminder of the importance of integrity, honor and pushing oneself to one’s own best outcome. Mediocre buildings inspire mediocre students. The community voted on specific plans and ideas. BISD’s job is to find a way to make that vision visible. Q: What additional steps should the district take to

address incidents of sexual assault involving Bainbridge youth? BURNS: The increase from three reported sexual assaults in 2014-15 to at least 13 assaults in 2016-17 is very disturbing. Reaching out to families through letters, community forums and panels, and partnering with BI Youth Services is a good start. However, the district should commit resources to proactively engage students and families. Furthermore, we should engage experts on this topic within our region to help update our districts approach to training, outreach and response. JAKUBIK: Did not respond by deadline. WAKEFIELD: School, both in and out of the school building, must be a safe place — period. This starts with honest, student-led discussion on issues like rape, sex, shame, and harassment. If adults

per day for attending board meetings or other duties on behalf of the school district. However, the current five school board members have waived this compensation, according to the school district. According to the school board’s website,

domain/44: The School Board provides leadership and strategic direction in the area of policies and procedures that support the educational programs of the Bainbridge Island School District. There are five school board

director districts on Bainbridge Island. Board directors are elected from those areas. The Bainbridge Island School District consists of the following schools and programs: Bainbridge High School Eagle Harbor High School

Further, I also support mainstreaming the best practices of those programs, such as student-led goal-setting, leadership development, social-emotional learning and stronger family engagement, across our district.

are afraid of these conversations and allow community politics to become more important than our students’ health and safety, how can we expect our teenagers to navigate these issues? BISD should demonstrate fearless leadership in facilitating these complicated conversations, including offering training on bystander intervention programs like Green Dot and enforcing Title IX. Q: Should teachers be able to go on strike to protest the lack of adequate state funding for education? BURNS: Asking if teachers should strike supports the presumed adversarial position that it is teachers vs. districts. The underlying concern of teachers that they do not have all of the needed financial resources should be a concern to us all. I would like our district and community to come together to get our Legislature to fully fund education. This burden shouldn’t fall to just our teachers—we all need to make our voice heard in Olympia. JAKUBIK: Did not respond by deadline. WAKEFIELD: While a teacher’s strike is disruptive and frustrating for everyone, the lack of funding for education, including teachers’ salaries and materials, is equally frustrating. I believe most teachers are in the profession out of love and dedication to their students. Strikes are not an attempt to punish, but rather to force what is fair. I support teachers’ right to strike as a sometimes unfortunate, but necessary, means to an end. Q: Would you support or oppose allowing public observation of collective bargaining sessions with public employees? BURNS: Again, as a prospective board member, my role isn’t simply to pass judgment on individual ideas. Rather, my role would be to bring a range of options into the discussion to improve the collective bargaining process (ideas such as public observation, interest based bargaining, thin contracts, living contracts, and other options). Using new tactics isn’t a one-sided decision — both parties need to commit to using new tactics to See PAGE 11

Sakai Intermediate School Woodward Middle School Mosaic Home Education Partnership Odyssey Multiage Program Blakely Elementary School Ordway Elementary School Wilkes Elementary School

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Mayor of Bremerton Q: Bremerton withdrew from the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, which develops countywide planning policies required by the state Growth Management Act, allocates federal funds for transportation, and collaborates on regional issues. Did you support that withdrawal, and how has Bremerton benefited from that withdrawal? BOZEMAN: I did not support Bremerton leaving the KRCC. We are the largest city in the county and should be at the table on regional issues. A very misguided decision by the City Council, in my opinion. LENT: I did not support the withdrawal from KRCC. I believe that it was a mistake and will continue to work to have the City of Bremerton rejoin KRCC. WHEELER: Bremerton was a member of KRCC until May 2013, when our City Council, under my presidency, voted unanimously to leave that organization. Every single councilmember agreed that further participation in KRCC without any change to the voting structure was not in the best interests of the City of Bremerton. Our city continues to partner with Kitsap County on many projects, as an equal, without an additional layer of bureaucracy. Q: Name three top priorities that you would work to accomplish during your time in office. BOZEMAN: (1) The creation of Safe, Healthy, Involved Neighborhoods. We have a plan called Neighborhoods First and it will be our top priority. (2) Maintaining adequate medical services in our city by working with Harrison Hospital to develop a plan around a new medical facility in our community. (3) The attraction of private-sector jobs and companies to our city. LENT: First, I am committed to having our city grow in a responsible way. I also believe that there is nothing more important than providing safe and secure neighborhoods. I am especially proud of the fact that over the last eight years both violent crime and property crime has decreased in the City of Bremerton. Finally, spending taxpayer money is a responsibility

About the job The mayor of Bremerton is elected to a four-year term, is fulltime and is paid $107,004 a year, according to the 2017 city budget. According to state law, the mayor:

Cary Bozeman

CARY BOZEMAN Phone: 360-337-9375 Email: Website: CaryBozemanfor Education: B.A. in Education, University of Washington. Professional experience: Port of Bremerton CEO; Olympic College Foundation executive director; CEO/president, King County Boys & Girls Club. Public service: Bremerton Port Commissioner (current), former mayor of Bremerton, former mayor of Bellevue, former Bellevue City Council member. Former board member of Leadership Kitsap, Humane Society of Kitsap County, Kitsap Food Co-op, Runstand School at UW, Rotary Club.

I take seriously. I will insist that our budget is balanced yet provide needed services. WHEELER: (1) Support business development by accelerating the phase out of the Business & Occupation Tax and streamlining the permitting process. (2) Develop an energy conservation plan for city-owned buildings. (3) Ensure parks are adequately funded, maintained and accessible to all. Parks maintenance must be prioritized in the city’s long-term financial plan. Q: What can and should the city do to increase access to affordable housing? BOZEMAN: We must work with our two housing authorities to build additional affordable housing across the county. The homeless issue is also something that we must address; we should put together a informed task force to study this challenge and make recommendations to the city.

Is the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. Ensures that all contracts and agreements made with the city “are faithfully kept and performed” and

Patty Lent

PATTY LENT Phone: 360-471-1007 Email: Website: Education: Attended Highline Community College and Seattle University. Professional experience: Small-business owner, certified mortgage banker. Public service: Mayor of Bremerton, 2010 – present; Kitsap County Commissioner, 2003-06; past president, Bremerton Central Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; past chairwoman, Kitsap Public Health District; board member, Boys and Girls Club Development; member, Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters Disability Board; member, Bremerton Elks Lodge 1181; lifetime member, Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the U.S. Navy League.

Greg Wheeler

GREG WHEELER Phone: 360-204-0564 Email: gregwheelerformayor@ Website: gregwheelerformayor. com Education: PSNS apprenticeship, Olympic College; B.A in Organizational Leadership, Chapman University; MBA in Human Resources, Brandman University. Professional experience: U.S. Navy veteran; retired, PSNS (29 years); co-owner, NestEgg Properties. Public service: Bremerton City Council, eight years; City Council president, three years; president, Kitsap Community Resources board; Bremerton Salvation Army Advisory board; Olympic College OLRM Advisory Committee; former Bremerton Planning Commissioner; member of Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.

Q: In what areas can city government operate more efficiently?

BOZEMAN: By working with other government agencies, nonprofits, schools, churches, and community organization to create public-private partnerships in order to more efficiently deliver services. We should not be duplicating services or programs. LENT: We have accomplished much in the area of modernizing city government over the last eight years. In the future, we need to use social media to improve how we communicate with our citizens and our employees. We need to bring our neighborhoods together and continue to provide needed services in a more efficient way. We need to improve our recycling efforts and install LED lighting in our buildings and street lights. WHEELER: Bremerton can utilize innovation and technology to make data-driven decisions for reducing energy consumption, eliminating waste, measuring progress, and establishing long-

may cause any legal proceedings to be instituted in the name of the city, subject to approval by the City Council. Presides over all meetings of the City Council and votes “only in the case of a tie.” Reports to the council concerning the affairs of the city

and its financial and other needs, and shall make recommendations for council consideration and action. Prepares and submits to the council a proposed budget. Has the power to veto ordinances passed by the council, “but such veto may be overridden

LENT: One option is to work with Habitat for Humanity and community foundations to have financial institutions deed over houses in foreclosure so that we can demolish or remodel them for low-income housing. This would be a win/win situation for the banks, who could write off these underwater mortgaged houses. It would also allow the city to increase our affordable-housing stock. WHEELER: The city must continue to partner with the Bremerton Housing Authority to ensure housing assistance is prioritized. City planning should include strategies to increase housing through zoning and streamlined permitting. Improved public transit should be included in any discussions of affordability.

term budgets. Properly managing energy, water, and waste can result in significant cost savings while reducing environmental impacts at the same time. Q: Revenue from property taxes, sales taxes, business and occupation taxes, and private utility taxes comprise 77 percent of the city’s 2017 budget. What can the city do to provide for needs, such as infrastructure, public safety and streets, in the next four years while minimizing the burden to taxpayers? BOZEMAN: The city has to work with the community to develop a set of priorities that available funds will be used for. We can only do so much, so available funding must be used for the most impactful and important projects. We must also attract federal, state, and private funding. When I was mayor, we raised more than $400 million in federal, state, and private funding to redevelop our Bremerton waterfront. In the end, we have to balance our budget and the decisions are never easy. LENT: The easiest answer is to spread the tax base so that we can rebuild our parks and roads. To do this, we need to bring more industry, light manufacturing and business into the city. I will actively work to annex all of the urban growth areas and develop private/ public partnerships as well as other county joint ventures.  WHEELER: Bremerton can promote business development and economic activity. There are a number of positive benefits, primarily increased job opportunities for our neighborhoods. Another result of increased economic activity is increased sales tax (sale of goods and services within the city) and REET (Real Estate Excise Taxes from the sale/purchase of homes, businesses and land). Public safety, parks, streets and infrastructure must be prioritized as revenue increases. Q: How can Bremerton protect its natural spaces while accommodating residential and economic growth?  BOZEMAN: We must have a plan that protects our natural spaces and be firm in protecting the See PAGE 11

by the vote of a majority of all council members plus one more vote.” Is the official and ceremonial head of the city and represents the city on ceremonial occasions.

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Bremerton City Council, District 1 Q: Bremerton withdrew from the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, which develops countywide planning policies required by the state Growth Management Act, allocates federal funds for transportation. and collaborates on regional issues. Did you support that withdrawal, and how has Bremerton benefited from that withdrawal? GRIFFITH: I support the withdrawal, which was approved unanimously by the Bremerton City Council. I was not in office at the time, but my understanding is that the City of Bremerton was not benefitting from the relationship enough to justify the costs involved. The city still has a cordial relationship with other members of the coordinating council. MATTHEWS: Yes. Bremerton was being ignored and pushed back on the agendas. Leaving to pursue the same funding on their own actually gives them a better chance of receiving it. KRCC works by a weighted vote. The county commissioners have to approve by majority everything that goes to KRCC. That is a fake representation type of voting when the commissioners can abstain and kill any project without even voting. Example: The prison holding facility that would have employed 550 people was killed by Commissioner Garrido abstaining. SULLIVAN: The City Council’s unanimous decision to withdraw was based on Bremerton being unfairly represented in KRCC’s voting structure. Bremerton participates in the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), which performs many of the same functions. While I wasn’t on the council two years ago when this decision was made, I would support the council undertaking an evaluation of the results. Q: Name three top priorities that you would work to accomplish during your time in office. GRIFFITH: (1) Health care.We must have a hospital in Bremerton, including emergency and urgent care service. I will work to make that happen. (2) I will work hard to support affordable housing (see below). (3) I will communicate with constituents by phone, email, social media, and in person. I will not hide. MATTHEWS: (1) Expose and ensure the proper use of water/

Suzanne Griffith

Allan Matthews

SUZANNE GRIFFITH Phone: 360-328-6409 Email: griffithcouncil@gmail. com Education: M.A., University of Tennessee; B.A., University of Houston. Professional experience: Adjunct professor of English, Olympic College, six years. Owner of a resume service in Bremerton serving shipyard employees for 11 years. Public service: Volunteer and employee, Literacy Council of Kitsap; volunteer computer instructor, Kitsap Regional Library; vice president, Kitsap Peninsula Knitters Guild.

ALLAN MATTHEWS Phone: 360-865-0583 Email: mathewsforcitycouncil@ Website: https://mathews mathews4bremerton. Education: U.S. Navy Nuclear Field “A” School for Electronics Technicians; U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School, Nuclear Prototype Training Unit MTS-635; Olympic College. Professional experience: Electrical and safety supervisor at Talgo Inc., a railway technology company; U.S. Navy (2007-14), reactor control division on submarines and administrative support at Submarine Development Squadron 5 and Naval Submarine Support Bangor. Public Service: Glover, Vermont, Volunteer Fire Department (2003-07).

sewer utility ratepayer funds by voter initiative if necessary. (2) Fighting to keep hospital beds in Bremerton; working with council, mayor and legislators to move in another provider if necessary. (3) Work on better ways to fund and fix our decaying roads. The waiting for a crisis and hoping for grant money comes cannot continue to work. SULLIVAN: The arrival of the fast ferry is an exciting opportunity for Bremerton. It is our job as council members to ensure that our city provides the services our citizens need in a safe environment. Citywide economic development will enable us to find sustainable funding for our infrastructure and public safety. I believe that the citizens of Bremerton deserve ample opportunity and that by working together we can provide this. Q: What can and should the city do to increase access to affordable housing? GRIFFITH: I support the Bring Kitsap Home Housing Levy, which will mitigate the effects of rapidly

About the job Bremerton City Council members are elected to four-year terms, and receive $12,000 to $13,800 a year, depending on when they were elected.

increasing housing values and associated high rents. We need housing that an average working family can easily afford. MATTHEWS: Relook over the proposed changes to Title 20 of the municipal code in regards to Adjacent Dwelling Units, reduce the cost to sewer connections, reduce overall regulations when it comes to permitting and design requirements. Port Orchard’s mini-homes next to the county courthouse are a good example of private donations working with minimum government involvement to help with the homeless and affordable housing. SULLIVAN: As the city continues to grow, we must increase our stock of housing and limit the regulatory burden we impose. The council supports projects that reduce existing blight and brown spaces, and create affordable housing. The city must continue to work with property owners and developers to reduce the cost of developing affordable housing. Q: In what areas can city

According to the city website, council members establish goals, priorities, and policies; adopt ordinances and resolutions; approve the annual budget, and monitor expenditures related to city business throughout the year. The council meets at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Patricia Sullivan

PATRICIA (PAT) SULLIVAN Phone: 360-377-9243 Email: Education: Associate degrees in Computer Information Systems and Local Area Networks, Olympic College. Professional experience: Senior staff accountant for Avalara, Inc. Public service: Unanimously appointed to a vacant seat on the Bremerton City Council, District 1, September 2015; member, Bremerton Central Lions; volunteer, Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.

working as a grants coordinator for a local government. MATTHEWS: Quit forgiving property tax collection for a select few. Quit supporting the taking over of downtown premium retail spaces by nonprofits who don’t pay into the tax revenue of the city but drain its resources and capability. Examples: Admiral Theater, Bremerton Housing Authority, United Way ... premium retail space that is not producing. SULLIVAN: A parking study reflected one possibility: Revenue gained from paid parking returned to the neighborhood where it was generated by way of improvements. Additionally, we’ll continue working closely with the PSRC to ensure federal tax dollars from Bremerton are returned to Bremerton. Allocating revenue to the neighborhood where it was generated and working with regional partners to return Bremerton’s federal tax dollars will improve infrastructure and public safety without increasing the burden on Bremerton taxpayers.

Q: How can Bremerton protect its natural spaces while accommodating residential and economic growth? GRIFFITH: Natural spaces must be protected. I have not government operate more effiseen any movement to destroy ciently? natural spaces in Bremerton, in GRIFFITH: I’m sure there are fact. We have plenty of less-thanseveral areas in which the City desirable existing structures that of Bremerton can cut costs and can be rehabbed or torn down and reduce bureaucracy, and when I replaced. am elected, I will closely examine MATTHEWS: Refrain from the city’s budget and practices to annexing areas with large acreage effect these savings in costs and of natural space. productivity, SULLIVAN: As the city grows, MATTHEWS: Administra-tion. we must protect our natural spacWe have multiple positions that es. The city utilizes Low-Impact can be handled by one for a city Development (LID) to ensure our our size. Public Works can handle growth dovetails with our sustainparks, no problem. Why do we able, green character. Opportunity have departments of community and environment need not be development and economic devel- mutually exclusive, and I support opment and pay dues to Kitsap LID policies to ensure that the city Economic Development Alliance? we pass on is the city our children This creates a bureaucratic mess deserve. that leads to massive cost and inefficiencies. Q: Would you support or SULLIVAN: Did not respond. oppose allowing public observation of collective bargaining sesQ: Revenue from property sions with public employees? taxes, sales taxes, business and GRIFFITH: I would generally occupation taxes, and private be opposed to public observation utility taxes comprise 77 percent of collective bargaining because of the city’s 2017 budget. What I would not want to stifle free can the city do to provide for expression in these sessions, but needs, such as infrastructure, I don’t see that this issue applies public safety and streets, in the to the position for which I am runnext four years while minimizning. ing the burden to taxpayers? MATTHEWS: I fully support the GRIFFITH: If elected, I will rights of workers and unions to colclosely examine city programs and lective bargain, and would further income sources, such as grants, to challenge participants to public produce good municipal improve- observation of collective bargainments at the lowest reasonable ing for public employees. Not only cost. I have experience in grant funding and administration from See PAGE 11

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Bremerton City Council, District 3 Q: Bremerton withdrew from the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, which develops countywide planning policies required by the state Growth Management Act, allocates federal funds for transportation. and collaborates on regional issues. Did you support that withdrawal, and how has Bremerton benefited from that withdrawal? BROCKUS: I think there were better ways to conduct negotiations than leaving the KRCC entirely. Bremerton should have engaged with the other cities and Kitsap County to come up with an equitable solution before taking that drastic step. GORMAN: I trust the decision to withdraw from the KRCC was thoughtfully deliberated by the City Council. I strongly support efforts to collaborate with all Bremerton’s stakeholders. When elected, I will work to build relationships and common ground to drive Bremerton and Kitsap forward. I fully support reconsideration and re-entry into the KRCC. Bremerton’s Comprehensive Plan underscores the need to partner with other governing agencies to ensure fiscal and operational excellence. The KRCC supports this mission. MCDANIEL: Yes, I did and do support the withdrawal from the KRCC. Bremerton has benefited by saving a minimum of $25,000 per year (this could have gone up with proposed changes to council structure). Our elected officials also gained time back that had been spent attending and preparing for KRCC meetings. Q: Name three top priorities that you would work to accomplish during your time in office. BROCKUS: (1) Make policies for the district and the city to grow wisely. (2) Improve parks, sidewalks, streets, and infrastructure. (3) Advance Bremerton to feeling like home to working families GORMAN: My priorities are (1) promoting community; (2) funding street and sidewalk maintenance and improvements; and (3) attracting retail and commercial developments. These priorities support vibrant and connected neighborhoods. We will meet Bremerton’s goals and create opportunities for safe and healthy lifestyles. I will use my business experience to help

Adam C. Brockus

ADAM C. BROCKUS Phone: 360-479-2466 Email: brockusforbremerton@ Website: brockusforbremerton. com Education: B.S. in Civil Engineering, master’s degree in Structural Engineering. Professional experience: Structural engineer on improving government buildings; U.S. Army veteran. Public service: Bremerton City Council, District 3, 2006-13; Ferry Community Partnership, Civil Service Board, Kitsap Labor Council, Bremerton Ferry Advisory Committee.

District 3 become a destination for great food and culture. I will work to fill the gap left by Harrison Medical Center and continue the economic development of downtown. MCDANIEL: (1) Wean the city from the regressive B&O tax more quickly than is presently planned. (2) Ensure adequate funding and a plan for improving our roads and sidewalks. (3) Work to ensure that Kitsap Transit doesn’t leave the neediest riders behind as it pursues the passenger ferry service; I would work to get Kitsap Transit to restore Sunday service and look again at their routing decisions. Q: What can and should the city do to increase access to affordable housing? BROCKUS: Pass sub-area plans in neighborhood centers that include affordable housing and keep transit available to those centers. GORMAN: Affordable housing is a complex problem. I propose an examination of housing policy for low-wage to median-wage earners. Bremerton has a diverse

About the job Bremerton City Council members are elected to four-year terms, and receive $12,000 to $13,800 a year, depending on when they were elected.

Kevin Gorman

KEVIN GORMAN Phone: 360-516-9299 Email: gormanforcouncil@gmail. com Website: Education: B.S. in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship; associate’s degree in Psychology; certificate in Project Management from UW. Professional experience: 14-year veteran, U.S. Coast Guard; City of Seattle Operations Response Center operator, management systems analyst, senior civil engineering specialist, assistant capital projects coordinator. Public service: Board of Directors, Kitsap Community Food Coop; Board of Directors, Manette Neighborhood Coalition; and Neighborhood Champion, Bremerton Neighborhoods Now! and valuable workforce, and we must work to keep them here. The city has a toolkit of incentives and mandates. I will encourage the City Council to partner with the Bremerton Housing Authority and other stakeholders to implement this toolkit, adjust our policies, and meet our residents’ needs for affordable housing. MCDANIEL: There are no easy answers to this, but the city should explore all options to maintain/ develop affordable housing. This includes expanding Bremerton Frameworks, tax incentives (although not solely for the benefit of developers), and any grants or other funding sources to obtain/ maintain such housing. Q: In what areas can city government operate more efficiently? BROCKUS: Refinance any available bonds to lower interest rates before they start rising (which they are starting to). GORMAN: With 14-plus years of public service, I understand the obstacles keeping us from operational excellence. There is a rapid

According to the city website, council members establish goals, priorities, and policies; adopt ordinances and resolutions; approve the annual budget, and monitor expenditures related to city business throughout the year. The council meets at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Deborah McDaniel

DEBORAH MCDANIEL Phone: 360-627-1135 Email: mcdanielforbremerton@ Website: mcdanielforbremerton .com Education: AAS in Interactive Multimedia, Highline Community College. Professional experience: Senior technical writer/editor for eight years; technical project manager and scrum master for 12 years. Public service: Member, City of Bremerton Audit Committee (current); past board president, Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; Manette Neighborhood Coalition board member; former KUUF board president; member of Comprehensive Plan Update Transportation Committee.

taxpayers and property developers. Private property developments should pay for required infrastructure improvements and increased use. I opened Seattle’s Development Services Office. This experience taught me how to create mutually beneficial relationships to ensure a profitable project while improving the city’s infrastructure. Additionally, with my participation, we will budget first, not last, for street and sidewalk maintenance. MCDANIEL: We can develop a long-range financial plan so that we don’t continue to lurch from crisis to crisis. We can also work to get a stable finance director. We can also take steps to ensure that all taxes are spent effectively, by monitoring spending by all departments (including the mayor’s office).

Q: How can Bremerton protect its natural spaces while accommodating residential and economic growth? BROCKUS: Bremerton has a Park Land Preservation Ordinance. As council, continue the policies to keep natural spaces in Bremerton. Empower neighborhood groups to have a say in any changes of local parks. GORMAN: I am fully committed rise in retirements that makes leadto our natural spaces. It saddens ership development and succession planning paramount to long- me to see our farmland traded term success. City governments are for concrete. Today, our reality is far behind the curve of technology. either sprawl or density. I support progressive planning approaches My experience will help us focus that utilize aspects of new urbanon forward-thinking efficiencies and implementing emerging tech- ism design to promote walkability nologies that reduce cost and pro- and ecologically sound growth. Bremerton’s open space is what vide higher quality services. initially attracted me to this area. MCDANIEL: There are many A first step to protecting natural areas that could be improved, but space is to take inventory and two that immediately come to make a written commitment to mind are: (1) We can likely save a lot of money by looking at how we preservation efforts. MCDANIEL: This will start by manage our energy consumption. (2) Likewise, our permitting process returning staffing levels to our parks department. We also need to could be streamlined to benefit ensure that maintenance of these the citizens. facilities is prioritized over personal mayor staffing. Q: Revenue from property taxes, sales taxes, business and Q: Would you support or occupation taxes, and private utility taxes comprise 77 percent oppose allowing public observation of collective bargaining sesof the city’s 2017 budget. What sions with public employees? can the city do to provide for BROCKUS: Oppose. needs, such as infrastructure, Observation of bargaining sespublic safety and streets, in the sions are never used at any private next four years while minimizindustry as they would be used by ing the burden to taxpayers? management against the workers BROCKUS: Capture impact to try to split off groups of them fees to upgrade the streets and who do not know underlying sidewalks that new houses and apartments are being built on. Use issues. GORMAN: I support public TBD funds to keep improving city observation of collective bargainstreets and sidewalks. Ensure bus ing sessions. As a long-time public options are improved by Kitsap employee, I am accustomed to Transit. being open and transparent in GORMAN: The city can direct all areas of government. The development to areas in need of improvement. This helps to See PAGE 11 balance the burden between

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Central Kitsap School Board, District 5 Q: What are some issues of concern you see now or on the horizon that the district should prepare to address? GREENE: My concerns center on the effect the state budget has on CKSD’s ability to provide the best possible opportunities for a quality education to all students. CKSDs best years are ahead as we complete construction on our three secondary campuses and attend to meeting Strategic Plan goals and objectives, including more opportunities to meet 24 credit graduation requirements, implementation of Schools/Programs of Choice, and increasing community partnerships to expand resources and real-world opportunities for students. SKIFSTAD: As Central Kitsap grows, the issues we face are becoming more sophisticated regarding military, the medical professions, the possibility of Silverdale incorporating, tech advances, changing legal and political landscape, etc. The school district needs to operate wisely and efficiently in coordination with other entities and forces as we serve the residents of our community. Q: In what areas can the district operate more efficiently? GREENE: Strategic Goal 5 focuses on fiscal responsibility and being good stewards of public dollars. The district recently introduced LEAN continuous improvement processes to many areas of business and operations, identifying efficiencies to facilities scheduling, preventive maintenance programing, HVAC controls, and monitoring and phased replacement of equipment and vehicles. CKSD expects to expand the LEAN process in district operations departments and hopes to see academic improvements to access to student information for both staff and families. SKIFSTAD: I have discussed this question with Paula Bailey, CK School District director of business services. She and I share a desire to associate each dollar we spend with a specific dimension

Eric Greene

ERIC GREENE Phone: 360-434-0110 Email: greene.for.cksd.dir.5@ Website: CKSD.Director.5 Education: B.S. in Secondary Education and Athletic Administration, University of Southern Mississippi; post-graduate course work at San Diego State University. Professional experience: Program manager at Commander, Navy Region Northwest; commander, U.S. Navy (retired); secondary teacher and coach, Oak Harbor School District and in Mississippi/ Public service: Member, Central Kitsap School Board, 2008-present.

of our job to teach students well. Taking an analogy from my work as a financial adviser, I want to grow our Return On Investment in educating our children, our most important resource. Having spent most of my professional life in the private sector as an attorney and financial advisor, and having advised many business owners on financial efficiency, my education and experience have prepared me to keep making our school district a more efficient organization while improving educational outcomes. Q: How will you engage the community to improve the level of service in the district? GREENE: Strategic Goal 4 looks to increase community and family engagement. The Strategic Planning process and planning for construction at the Klahowya, Olympic and CK High School-

About the job Members of the Central Kitsap School Board are elected to four-year terms. According to district_business/school_board: As a Central Kitsap voter, you elect five school board directors to: Hire and evaluate superintendents. Set policies that set standards and a framework for governing the district. Reviews progress on district goals.


Jason Skifstad

JASON SKIFSTAD Phone: 360-471-0654 Email: Website: ElectSkifstad Education: B.A. in History, California State University; Master of Divinity, Princeton University; Doctor of Law, Pepperdine University. Professional experience: Financial adviser, practicing attorney, small-business owner. Public service: Math Olympiad and WordMasters coach; former assistant soccer coach; worship team at Newlife Church; current board member, Kitsap County Republican Party; founding board member, Scarlet Road (combats human trafficking); former board member, Whaling Days.

Middle School campuses included student, staff and community focus groups and town hall meetings. Thought Exchange allowed us to gather community input on several issues as did surveys on the district website. The Goal 3 Quality Service Initiative includes customer service training in schools and departments throughout the district. SKIFSTAD: Service is impossible without communication, which is key in legal advocacy as well as financial counsel. And communication begins with knowing who your clients are and what they want to accomplish. Ultimately, the school board serves not the district or the superintendent but the families and the community of Central Kitsap. My proven ability to listen to clients and understand their needs, and to advocate zealously on their behalf, has been the

Adopt a balanced budget every year. Approve textbooks and other instructional materials. Represent you and represent the district. According to the district websiute, the Central Kitsap School District has 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one secondary (grades 6-12) school. Total number of students: 11,000. Total number of classroom teachers: 640. Student-teacher ratio: 20.3 to 1.

own, but to investigate how best to carry out the wishes of the families we are elected to serve.

ROBERT (BOB) GRADY Robert (Bob) Grady withdrew from the race for Central Kitsap School Board, District 5, but not in time to have his name removed from the ballot. Therefore, the District 5 position will still be on the Aug. 1 primary election ballot.

Q: Would you support or oppose allowing public observation of collective bargaining sessions with public employees? GREENE: Positive outcomes in collective bargaining involve high levels of trust. In CKSD, there is a high level of trust between all bargaining unit. If the board, representing the public, did not trust the administrative bargaining team to represent the district priorities, it would most certainly designate a member or members to observe negotiations. Therefore, I oppose public observation of collective bargaining because of potential adverse effects on the level of trust between negotiating parties. SKIFSTAD: Sunlight is a good disinfectant. At Pepperdine Law School, I was first in my class in Negotiations and first in my class in Remedies, the area of the law that actually seeks to solve legal problems. I understand that confidentiality can promote trust in certain negotiations, but I am generally leery of public employees negotiating public dollars in private sessions.

hallmark of my professional life.

Q: Complete this sentence: Voters should vote for me because ... : GREENE: After nine-plus years on the CKSD Board, I remain committed to ensuring our staff has the right tools to offer students the best opportunities to succeed at a career or college of their choice. I am a passionate advocate of the CKSD Strategic Plan and resolve to ensure that the strategic goals of student achievement, safe schools, skilled staff, community engagement and fiscal responsibility are met or exceeded. SKIFSTAD: Jason Skifstad has the education, skills, and experience to advocate for families as a member of the Central Kitsap School Board.

Q: Name three top priorities that you would work to accomplish during your time in office. GREENE: (1) Expand the use of technology to Increase opportunities for students earn credit toward graduation; improve the connection between schools and families; give teachers the tools to work more efficiently resulting in more time for quality instruction in the classroom. (2) Use data to identify the root cause of issues, allowing the district to make corrections in the most cost-effective manner. (3) Increased focus and visibility of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities SKIFSTAD: It might be premature for me to offer a definitive answer to this question. As a public servant my primary purpose is not to create an agenda of my

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North Kitsap School Board, District 3 Q: In the last two years, parents were not notified in a timely manner about sexual activity that took place on a school bus for students with special needs, and an HVAC system malfunction that made students ill. How would you ensure parents are notified in a timely manner about future issues of concern regarding students? FERGUSON: It should seem selfevident to school officials that parents must know about the health of their children. Even after the harm done to children in the HVAC and school bus situations, with no parental notification of that harm and all the scrutiny which followed, there is still no policy yet for notifying parents when their children are harmed at school. I would require the school to notify parents immediately. LOCKWOOD: I would stress in routine board meetings to the superintendent the need for quick decisions and communications from the superintendent during emergent conditions. That’s because the responsibility for determining the appropriate time for a press release belongs to the superintendent. I would also revise the district’s public relations policy, which is over three years old. It is now focused on the nature and content of bulletins to parents, and not on urgency. WORTHINGTON: Timely communication is important, particularly when student safety and health is involved. The North Kitsap Herald acknowledged NKSD’s responsive communication practices in a fall 2016 “In Our Opinion.” As a board member, I will continue to encourage this trajectory in two ways: ensure policies provide for timeliness, privacy under FERPA and confidentiality in the case of pending litigation, and by providing oversight of and feedback on district practice. Q: How would you change the school board’s system of evaluating the superintendent? FERGUSON: The procedure says, “The evaluation process provides for accountability to the Board of Directors and assures patrons that the Board of Directors is accountable to the larger community.” Unfortunately, this is not done well. The last superintendent presided over the nondisclosure

About the job Members of the North Kitsap School Board are each elected to four-year terms. School board

April Ferguson

APRIL FERGUSON Phone: 360-621-3405 Email: aprilforthewin@gmail. com Website: Education: Early Childhood Education and Development and some course work completed in Elementary Education, Sociology, Psychology. Professional experience: Business owner, former preschool teacher, former early learning center director. Public service: Former member, Suquamish Citizens Advisory Council; currently chairing a committee to build a playground for children with special needs.

of harm to children, yet received a raise in pay when dismissal was more appropriate. I would do a better job of reaching out to the community to fulfill the dictates of the policy. LOCKWOOD: The board evaluates the superintendent annually and may extend the superintendent’s contract for up to three years. I would reduce the maximum contract extension to two years. This still would be compliant with the law, and would incentivize the superintendent to attain goals, to emphasize areas of strength, and help minimize areas needing improvement. Then, I would hold the confidential conference that develops the next year’s goals separately from the previous year’s assessment. WORTHINGTON: I would work with my fellow board members to consider the sources of information used in evaluation. NKSD has administered a standardized Department of Education climate survey of parents, staff and stu-

members currently serve without pay. The legal responsibilities of the board are to: Establish general policy for the school district.

Richard (Dick) Lockwood

RICHARD (DICK) LOCKWOOD Phone: 360-598-2318 Email: rplockwood57@ Education: Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology; bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland. Professional experience: Technical requirements supervisor, Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific; engineering manager, Goodrich Aerospace, Everett; retired Air Force officer. Public service: North Kitsap High School Choir Booster Club president, 2015-present; North Kitsap High School Principal Selection Committee, 2016; NKSD Community Financial Advisory Committee, 2013-15; NKSD Long-Range Facility Planning Committee, 2014-15; NKSD Strategic Planning Group, 2014.

Beth Worthington

BETH WORTHINGTON Phone: 360-434-4809 Email: BethWorthington728@ Website: BethWorthington 728. com Education: M.S. in systems management, University of Denver; B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines. Professional experience: Senior systems engineer for Leidos, Inc. Public service: Member, North Kitsap School Board since 2014, president 2015-17; examiner, judge and board member, Washington State Quality Award; NKSD Budget Committee, 201314; Poulsbo Rotary Vocation Scholarship Committee, 201112; Recreational Coach of the Year, NK Soccer Club, 2003; Girl Scout troop leader, 1993-2009.

level makes it unaffordable to use in the near term. I support maintaining the structural integrity and operational capability of the Breidablik buildings and systems in a caretaker role until we can afford to reopen it. Until district enrollment grows, we will have to fund Q: Do you support reopening preventive maintenance to its sysBreidablik Elementary School, tems like HVAC, electrical controls, and under what circumstances water, and roofing. should it be reopened? WORTHINGTON: Reopening FERGUSON: I support reopening of Breidablik. The North Kitsap Breidablik will be reconsidered in the future — particularly if School District’s capital facilities elementary class sizes are reduced. plan predicted that our elemenReopening will require funds for tary population would exceed repairs, technology and equipment our buildings currently in use in and will require boundary revi2016-17. There are students who have transferred to homeschooling sions. Through my participation on a boundary committee last winter, and out-of-district schools due to I know that the Breidablik residents dissatisfaction with North Kitsap. feel picked on. Any future plans I believe that we need Breidablik. need to honor Breidablik residents We must serve all our students, including those with special needs, in balance with the rest of our and we require the facilities which families, respond to our realities of population and be financially make that goal possible. prudent. LOCKWOOD: Breidablik provides additional capacity, but our Q: How will you engage the current districtwide enrollment dents this spring, which may yield some good information. I would also consider input from staff in a manner that would not undermine leadership and would promote relationships and effectiveness.

Adopt and revise the annual operating budget. Select and evaluate the sduperintendent. Employ school personnel upon the recommendation of the

superintendent. Exercise the power to administer schools conferred by the state Legislature. Keep the public informed on the needs and progress of the

community to improve the level of service in the district? FERGUSON: Current policy requires that complaints go through the school staff, rather than the elected board. My opponent referred to this as “the chain of command.” She and the superintendent need to be aware that the voter and the parent are on top of the chain of command, not on its bottom rung. I would attempt to provide better constituent the current policy to reflect a better attitude. Personal engagement before complaints may decrease their number. LOCKWOOD: By listening to your comments at board meetings, reading your emails, and making myself as available as possible. As choir booster club co-president, I told the parents I didn’t want their money — I wanted their ideas. Please use the district’s email system. Please address the board when you are passionate and can attend our meetings. If I don’t know about a problem with our services, I can’t fix it. WORTHINGTON: I will engage the community through continued work on the Community Partnership Committee which strives to build understanding, trust, and support; supporting community participation on both task-oriented and standing committees; and support of community groups such as N.K. Schools Foundation, PTSA, boosters, and Citizen Advisory Committees. I will improve the levels of service by the consistent focus on our strategic goals, achievement, growth and student success. Q: Name three top priorities that you would work to accomplish during your time in office. FERGUSON: (1) I will hold the district accountable to the people through the board, by creating policies that bring more transparency and address citizen complaints with quick resolution. (2) I want to reopen Breidablik Elementary by addressing low enrollment and creating a viable goal for reopening. I believe this can be accomplished by strengthening community ties. (3) I will work to address policies that will help the district use its funds more responsibly in order to ensure that all children learn in a safe, supportSee PAGE 11

education system. The school district has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools.

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Proposition 1: Property tax levy increase

Q: What does Proposition 1 say? A: Here’s the language of the proposition that’s on the Aug. 1 ballot: South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Proposition 1 Regular Property Tax Levy Lid Lift for Fire Protection & Emergency Medical Services The Board of Commissioners of South Kitsap Fire and Rescue adopted Resolution No. 2017-01 proposing an increase in the district’s regular property tax levy. To fund fire protection and emergency medical services for six years, this proposition authorizes a maximum levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000.00 of assessed valuation for collection in 2018 (superseding the temporary lid lift currently in effect for that year) and sets the a limit factor for each subsequent year at 100% plus the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (as described in the Resolution) or 1%, whichever is greater. The final year’s levy dollar amount would be used to compute limitations for subsequent levies. Should this proposition be ap-

About SKFR South Kitsap Fire and Rescue serves Port Orchard, Orchard Heights, Retsil, Manchester, Olalla, Burley, Glenwood, Sunnyslope, Navy Yard City, and Gorst — an area of 117 square miles with a population of 75,018.

Q: What do supporters say? A: The levy renewal measure will help the fire district to maintain an effective level of services,

Restoring the levy back to the allowable state limit will increase the average home owners yearly Robert Smith/Kitsap News Group cost about $42; that’s about the cost of a latte each month ($3.50) firefighter staffing, equipment and but it will generate the revenue facilities. needed to re-staff two fire stations Here’s the argument in favor of located on Glenwood and Banner Prop. 1 submitted by proponents roads. SKFR needs this levy to keep for the Kitsap County Primary Local pace with growth and maintain Voters’ Pamphlet: current service levels. South Kitsap Fire and Rescue SKFR is the largest and busiest (SKFR) is asking voters for a renewal fire/EMS agency in Kitsap County. of the existing Fire and Emergency 911 responses totaled 9,580 in Medical Services levy. This is not a 2016 which represents the highest new tax, but the continuation and response demand on any fire/EMS restoration of an established levy agency in Kitsap County; an aver($1.50) which has received the sup- age of 26 calls daily. port of the citizens for many years. This Fire/EMS levy is the cornerSKFR has been challenged with stone of SKFR’s maintenance and operating costs increasing at a operations funding system. The rate greater than revenue in recent Fire District is grateful for the ongoyears. These last three years, SKFR ing support of the citizens, has made some difficult decisions that demonstrated good stewardship of included reducing career staff by these funds, and is asking to con12 firefighter/EMTs, modifying staff tinue these services for its citizens. deployments, and closing 3 fire stations. These efforts have created Q: What do opponents say? financial efficiencies and stabilized A: No organized group has been the district. This levy represents identified as opposing the meaover $2,000,000 of SKFR’s yearly sure. operating budget.

4,033 patients transported. Stations: 12 (six staffed, six volunteer). Staffing: five commissioners, one fire chief, one deputy chief, two assistant chiefs, four battalion chiefs, one deputy fire marshal, one computer technician, three vehicle maintenance staff, two facilities maintenance staff, six

administrative support staff, 12 lieutenants, six captains, 15 paramedics, 34 career fire fighters, one volunteer lead battalion chief, three volunteer captains, three volunteer lieutenants, 10 volunteer firefighters, three volunteer tender operators, 17 volunteer air support staff, six chaplains. Number of apparatus: 12

SKFR Fire Chief Steve Wright joined then-Kitsap County Fire District 7 in 1986 as a firefighter/EMT. He became a lieutenant in 1990, battallion chief in 2004, deputy chief in 2008, and fire chief in 2014. His department responded to 9,520 calls in 2016, of which 6,380 were emergency medical calls. proved? Yes __ No __

increase the cost for the average homeowner of about $42 a year, or about $3.50 per month.

Q: What’s proposed? A: Proposition 1 calls for an increase in South Kitsap Fire and Rescue’s regular property tax levy. The proposition authorizes a maximum levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation for collection beginning in 2018 to fund fire protection and emergency medical services for six years This is a renewal of the existing Fire and Emergency Medical Services levy that was established at $1.48 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2012.

Q: How will the money be used? A: The money generated by the levy renewal will allow the fire district to keep pace with the needs of a growing South Kitsap region. It also will restore cuts previously made that included closing three fire stations and reducing firefighter/EMT staffing by 12 employees.

Q: What will it cost me? A: Property owners will be taxed at a rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation of their homes. The previous levy was at a rate of $1.48 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The property tax renewal will

The 2017 budget projects revenue and expenditures of $15.4 million. Number of calls in 2016: 9,520 total incidents; 6,380 EMS calls; 154 fire calls; 253 hazardous conditions (no fire); 880 “good intent” calls; 1,358 service calls; 394 false alarms or false calls; 11 severe weather and natural disaster calls; 90 other calls;

Q: What will happen if the measure is not approved? A: South Kitsap Fire and Rescue will be forced to take additional measures that will reduce the district’s ability to keep pace with the area’s growing needs.

engines, five medic units, two brush trucks, five aid units, seven tenders, one ladder truck, one air support unit, two command vehicles, one MCI unit, 11 staff cars, 11 support vehicles, three antique engines.

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MAYOR OF BREMERTON Continued from page 5 plan, even though there will be pressure to develop. Natural resources increase our quality of life. LENT: Our Critical Area Ordinance, Shoreline Master Plan and Comprehensive Plan all protect our natural and green spaces. There is little question that balancing economic growth with environmental concerns is a difficult task. In the last eight years, I have worked with all user groups to provide a balanced approach to growth and a quality lifestyle for our citizens. WHEELER: Bremerton’s parks protection ordinance requires a unanimous vote of the full City Council for any sale or lease of parks property. Bremerton must ensure that ordinance remains intact. New growth must go where the city has planned for density. Our city parks serve, day in and day out, as the primary green spaces for Bremertonians. Q: Would you support or oppose allowing public observation of collective bargaining sessions with public employees? BOZEMAN: I would oppose that. LENT: I believe negotiating contracts is best left with the professionals. I trust my Human Resources Department and our contracted Summit Law Group to negotiate the best, most fair and balanced contracts. While I have final authority in

signing these contracts, I do not believe it is productive to negotiate them unless there is some type of gridlock. I also do not believe that the public is best served by having these contracts negotiated in public. WHEELER: Collective bargaining sessions should be private negotiations between employer and employee, even though the outcome of the sessions is public record. Q: Complete this sentence. “Voters should vote for me because ...” BOZEMAN: I am a leader who has a history of getting things done. I believe that actions speak louder than words. LENT: I have the passion, energy and commitment to keep our city moving. In difficult times, I have proven to be a leader who is fiscally responsible yet open to new ideas and technology. Bremerton is my home and I want to make it the most livable city in the U.S. WHEELER: Our city is ready for new, progressive leadership that will focus on ensuring all of Bremerton’s families, neighborhoods, parks, and businesses thrive — not just today, but for generations to come. With my educational background, career experience, and years of community service, I believe I’m uniquely qualified to lead Bremerton into that prosperous, sustainable future.


istic. I can help keep the council’s focus on housing for working families. As a former grant writer and grants administrator, I can is the public their employer, but is their understand the CDBG situation and work customer. to distribute these funds more equitably. I SULLIVAN: This is a tough issue. As a also support the housing levy. I am deeply taxpayer and your representative on the concerned about healthcare in Bremerton. council, I support open and transparent government; however, I’m not prepared to We need a hospital that is actually nonprofit, and we need incentives to keep support or oppose opening of collective bargaining sessions at this time. This issue doctors here. I will work with other prois critical to get right to ensure that taxpay- gressives to make this possible. The city needs to pass a welcoming resolution to ers receive the transparency they are due and our workers receive the prompt action help immigrant families live without fear. MATTHEWS: I recognize the need for they deserve. I’d like to see a public debate there to be the every day person’s voice of on this topic in council meetings. reason on the council. I am committed to representing the voters and fighting the Q: Complete this sentence: Voters status quo if necessary as that voice. Allow should vote for me because ... : me to use my skills and youth to help solve GRIFFITH: I will have no other job the issues we face as city. besides City Council. I will work for SULLIVAN: With two years of experiBremerton full-time. I will be accessible. I plan to actively communicate with the citi- ence on the council, I am the most qualified candidate for this position. The counzens of the district. I will have a Facebook page, which I will attend to. I will promptly cil is nonpartisan and all seven members must work collaboratively for the benefit respond to emails and phone calls. I will of all Bremertonians to find sustainable send out a monthly newsletter, and hold solutions. I’m asking for your vote to apply quarterly neighborhood meetings. I am concerned about the lack of suitable hous- my council and professional experience ing in Bremerton. Apartments, subsidized over the next four years of challenges we’ll face. On Aug. 1, please mark your ballot for by the city, are built and rent for $2,000 a month for a studio. This is simply not real- Pat Sullivan and Stay with Pat!

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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 5 Continued from page 4 improve the bargaining process and outcomes. JAKUBIK: Did not respond by deadline. WAKEFIELD: Public funds are just that, and BISD, as well as public employees, must be held accountable to the com-

munities they serve. Public observation is different than public input, and I truly believe that such observation removes secrecy and the likelihood of subjective misinterpretation of the content of these sessions, and ultimately only strengthens the partnership between the district, its employees and the community.

BREMERTON CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 3 Continued from page 7 only exception is for safety or security. Transparency ensures that adjustments to employee pay and benefits are in line with local median incomes and the city’s budget. MCDANIEL: Oppose. This is a wolf in sheep’s clothing whose aim is to institute so-called “Right to Work” laws. Q: Complete this sentence: Voters should vote for me because ... : BROCKUS: I was your city councilman for the 3rd District for eight years and I know how to get things done!

GORMAN: We deserve a fresh perspective in politics. I stand for teamwork, collaborative partnerships and respect for others. I am your only truly non-partisan candidate. I am running for office because I love this city and want to see us become a destination for attractive neighborhoods, vibrant commerce and great food and culture. You have my commitment use my wide-ranging municipal experiences to promote safe and attractive neighborhoods, develop a strong economy, and improve our infrastructure. MCDANIEL: I have a passion for my district and my city. I will listen to voter concerns, and I will lead with integrity.

NORTH KITSAP SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 3 Continued from page 9 ive and healthy environment. LOCKWOOD: (1) Retention of our excellent educators — they know the children, they deliver the instruction and so I will try very hard to ensure they have the tools to reach our three district goals. (2) I will prioritize the corrective maintenance on our facilities that has been delayed. (3) I will support our district’s reading-level goals, with a focus on providing the resources necessary for kindergarten and first-grade reading proficiency. WORTHINGTON: My top three priorities are: (1) sustained funding through the passage of levies (next is likely in February 2018) and advocacy with the state Legislature, as McCleary won’t be fully funded in the yet-to-be seen 2017-19 budget; (2) success for each-and-every student by building local capacity to achieve educational outcomes; and (3) modernized curriculum, facilities and technology through sustained investments.

Union reps and management must openly and clearly communicate the results of these sessions. WORTHINGTON: I support practices that result in better relationships between the district and collective bargaining units and where both parties are focused on our educational mission of success for all students. The best practice for this is interestbased bargaining. I am open to learning and understanding about the benefits of public observation of bargaining sessions and how it would meet our long-term goals.

Q: Complete this sentence: Voters should vote for me because ... : FERGUSON: I will be a voice representing parents to the school district rather than representing the school district to the parents. This is a fundamental shift back to the fundamentals of elected representation. I will advocate for managing our district funds and resources responsibly, to ensure that our children learn in a healthy, supportive, and safe environment that is fostered by community support and Q: Would you support or oppose advocacy. allowing public observation of collecLOCKWOOD: I’m passionate about tive bargaining sessions with public public education, the enrichment of our employees? kids’ lives, and the support of the teachers FERGUSON: I would support public who provide them with that education. observation of collective bargaining. I will listen to parents, educators, and Collective bargaining determines the administrators to seek common ground expenditure of taxpayer dollars and influand focus. To the voters who don’t have ences decisions in our school district and therefore this should be open to the public children in our district: The better our to observe. The Open Public Meetings Act schools become, the better our community’s social and economic future. offers an exemption for public observaWORTHINGTON: I am committed to tion of collective bargaining but does not quality public education in North Kitsap require it to be held in secret. It is entirely and believe that our community can up to the school board. come together and realize an educational LOCKWOOD: I’m not inherently system for our future prosperity. I’ve lived opposed to the concept, but it solves here for 23 years and raised two indea non-problem and introduces others. pendent adult children with North Kitsap Districts like Pullman that recently chose schools. I am systems-thinker and respect this process use it ostensibly to add transthe multiple perspectives of every issue. I parency to government; however, “back have four years of board experience and, door” collective bargaining agreements were not the cause of our teachers’ recent while always learning and growing, I can immediately contribute fully. lack of trust with the superintendent or parents’ dissatisfaction with the board.

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