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Childs re-elected, compliments young challenger on race
By BRETT CIHON
Jerry Childs has been re-elected to a third term on the Port Orchard City Council by a convincing margin, capturing 61% of the vote in his race against high school teacher Ben Pinneo.
"I'm gratified that the voters have returned me to the council," Childs said upon hearing the results.
In his upcoming term, Childs plans to continue his work on the Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway and the city's cooperative effort with the Port of Bremerton on expanding waterfront facilities.
Childs mentioned his opponent, saying was pleased to run against such an amiable candidate as Pinneo.
"Ben is a stand-up guy," Childs said. "He ran a great campaign."
The 25-year-old Pinneo is not discouraged with politics after losing. He said running for City Council allowed him to meet a lot of great Port Orchard residents.
He plans to focus on his work as an English teacher at South Kitsap High School, not yet saying if he will run for City Council again.
"I look forward to staying involved in local politics," Pinneo said. "In whatever fashion."