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Angel begins raising money, hosting meetings

South Kitsap Commissioner Jan Angel kicked off the first of several fund-raising events last week in South Kitsap, during which she outlined some of her main platform points in her run for 26th District Rep. Pat Lantz’s (D-Gig Harbor) seat in Olympia.

Angel, 61, drew in more than 50 people, including her husband, children and a slew of grandchildren, to the lobby of The Gallery Dance School, owned and operated by her daughters Kara Morkert and Erin Brinkerhoff.

She addressed a crowd that included Port Or-chard Mayor Lary Coppola, and Kit-

sap County Re-publican Chair Jack Hamilton.

Coppola introduced Angel, saying he would like to have a South Kitsap resident representing the area in the House.

Angel will likely run against Lantz, 70, who has controlled the seat since 1997. Lantz has indicated she will run for another term.

Outlining her platform, Angel focused on the need to control property taxes, and route more of the money to local areas.

“Counties are only getting 9 to 10 percent of people’s property taxes, and I believe people think we’re getting a lot more than that,” she said. “By the time it dwindles down, the county’s are getting very little.”

She cited her experience as a minority Republican as an asset to her campaign, running for a position in the Democratic-controlled western half of Washington, but explained that she can reach both sides of the spectrum.

“I believe that it’s local representation, and it’s balanced representation,” Angel said, explaining how she would draw in Democratic votes. “When elected, I will represent everybody, and I’m very comfortable that I can work on both sides of the aisle.”

She said she would also work to spread her name around Gig Harbor, where she is already a member of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

“I really view that their issues and our issues are very, very similar,” she said, noting that economic development will spread to larger regional areas in the Key Peninsula. “I’ve always believed that economic development does not come to a boundary and stop ... I think that we’ll have a lot in common.”

Hamilton explained that Angel does not have the Republican Party nomination, but as a candidate she has access to a number of party resources, including volunteers.

“If you’ve gone to our Web site (www.kitsaprepublicans.org), it’s fairly obvious we’re not putting Jan underneath a basket,” he said. “When we get to convention and we really get into the process, I anticipate that the party will give her really strong support.”

Speaking personally, Hamilton is excited for Angel’s campaign.

“For the last seven years, she’s had one of the most difficult jobs serving as the lone Republican voice in the county,” he said. “She has done a wonderful job in representing Republican core ideas in county government. I am really, really pleased that she has decided to continue the public service and she is going to make one really super legislator.”

Angel’s next steps involve speaking engagements in Gig Harbor, but she noted that she’ll pursue a door-to-door campaign in the warmer weather.

“Until the weather clears and you can start meeting people at their door, I’m meeting through organizations and the community,” she said.

Angel has lived in South Kitsap for 25 years, and has served on the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners since her election in 2000.

For more information, visit www.janangel.com, which has been updated to include information about her current campaign.

Kitsap County reporter Charlie Bermant contributed to this article.

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