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Josiah RowellUNION — Less than two weeks after the 2013 election, a local Navy veteran who served on the USS John C. Stennis has announced he will run for the Washington State House of Representatives next year. Josiah Rowell will run for the 35th District position that Rep. Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton, has held for 15 years.

A graduate of Central Kitsap High School, Rowell served four years on active duty in the Navy and five years as a reservist and returned home last April from a deployment to Afghanistan. He is currently a student at the University of Washington’s Milgard School of Business. read more »


Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent won re-election easily, while state Rep. Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard) held a narrow lead in early returns over state Sen. Nathan Schlicher in the the 26th District legislative race after an expensive campaign that featured an onslaught of negative campaign ads.

Schlicher was appointed to the Senate seat after Democrat Derek Kilmer’s 2012 election to Congress, and the winner of this election will serve the remaining year of Kilmer’s four-year term. Angel, who’s been in the state House for three terms, challenged Schlicher in a bid to for Republicans to gain a seat in the narrowly divided Senate.

In early returns, Angel led about 52-47 percent with about 13,000 votes counted in Kitsap County. The 26th District also includes part of Pierce County, and in early returns there Angel’s lead was 50-49 percent with just under 15,000 votes counted. Overall, Angel had 51.4 percent of the votes and Schlicher had 48.6 percent. read more »


The Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its board of directors. Terms are for three years, and the commitment includes monthly meetings as well as committee work or special projects.

Chamber board members are from diverse industries and economic experience, with a common commitment to the community as a whole. After several years of financial struggle — like most organizations experienced during the recession — this chamber is experiencing unprecedented growth, adding more than 100 new members in the first nine months of the year.

“We’ve really done some hard work in the past couple of years, and are proud of what our volunteers — board, committee members, and others — have done to make the chamber stronger financially and as a valued business association,” says board president Pam Whitt, assistant manager at AmericanWest Bank in Poulsbo. read more »


OLYMPIA — Tom Steyer, the big-spending California billionaire who made a splash in local Democratic politics this year with an enormous contribution in a state Senate race, dumped another $2.5 million last week into his Evergreen-state political action committee — and has triggered the biggest political mystery of this year’s campaign season.

That makes a total $6.3 million that the financier has funneled to the state of Washington this year. Some of it has found its way to the hot state Senate race in the 26th District, where he has spent a staggering-for-this-state $400,000 to promote Democrat Sen. Nathan Schlicher.

Another $1 million or so has gone from Washington state to, of all places, Virigina, where Steyer is weighing in on a gubernatorial race, also on the Democratic side. read more »


The monthly breakfast meeting of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce will feature a forum with City Council candidates on Oct. 18, from 7:30-9 a.m. at IslandWood.

All six council candidates will be present and the forum will by moderated by Kelly Muldrow, a chamber board director.

Questions will focus on island businesses and the city’s role in Bainbridge’s economic future. Audience members may submit questions in writing before the program begins, and the public is welcome to attend. read more »


Melody Sky EislerMelody Sky Eisler, a candidate for Poulsbo City Council Position #7, is hosting two public events in October to reach out to the community. She is running against incumbent Councilman Jim Henry.

Eisler, the Silverdale branch manager for Kitsap Regional Library, will host a campaign kickoff event on Oct. 5 from 9-11 a.m. at the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse. She will meet with supporters, answer questions from citizens and discuss local issues at the downtown coffeehouse at 1003 Front St., and free pastries will be available.

A second campaign event is set for Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the One Ten Lounge downtown, with free appetizers and a door prize available. read more »


The League of Women Voters of Kitsap will hold a three-day voter registration drive, and will host a series of candidate forums in October for local elections on the November general election ballot.

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 24, when organizations all across the U.S. will register new voters. The League of Women Voters of Kitsap will register new voters on Sept. 24, 25 and 26 at the following locations:

Sept. 24 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Market in Poulsbo, 20144 10th Ave.; and_10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Poulsbo’s Fishline Food Bank & Emergency Services, 18916 NE Third Ave.

Sept. 25 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Olympic College in Poulsbo, 1000 Olympic College Way NW; and_10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Poulsbo’s Fishline Food Bank & Emergency Services, 18916 NE Third Ave. read more »


Jeffrey Cartwright will join the Port Orchard City Council after he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Jim Colebank, who resigned his seat at the end of July because he moved outside city limits.

The council announced its appointment of Cartwright, who is human resources director at Kitsap Transit, at the Aug. 27 council meeting.

He was one of three finalists selected after the council interviewed 10 applicants for the open seat. Ten people applied for the seat on the seven-person council. The three finalists had second interviews before the council made its decision. read more »


Each ballot measure appearing in Kitsap County’s Local Voters’ Pamphlet includes a description, explanatory statement, and arguments ‘for’ and ‘against’ the measure.

The Auditor’s Office is seeking individuals to serve on committees to draft arguments ‘against’ the following measures:

  • Kitsap County Fire Protection District No. 18 (Poulsbo Fire Department), Emergency Medical Services Property Tax Levy Continuation
  • North Kitsap Fire & Rescue, Emergency Medical Services Property Tax Levy Continuation

Committee members do not have to be residents of the district in order to draft arguments. Interested parties should contact the Elections Division by Aug. 23. Email auditor [at] co [dot] kitsap [dot] wa [dot] us or call 360-337-7128 if interested. read more »

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