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Republican enters race for SK comissioner

Long after the the other party’s candidates started their campaigns, a South Kitsap Republican has anted up to fill the position Commissioner Jan Angel will leave at the end of this year.

Tim Matthes, vice president for the Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners (KAPO) and member of the Port Orchard Planning Commission, announced on Thursday afternoon he would run for the District 2 seat on the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners.

He said his decision came after waiting and waiting for another candidate to step up to the plate, but time passed and it became clear it was up to him to be the Republican in this race.

“Like a lot of folks, I’ve sat back here waiting for just the right person besides me to step up and do it,” he said.

But even now he feels like he’s playing catchup, and he does not expect an opponent in the primary. “I think they’ve been looking long and hard,” Matthes said, “so I would be surprised if somebody else does.”

Matthes listed an “ever-increasing tax burden” as top on his agenda.

“No matter how much of our property, sales and income taxes the government takes, it is never enough,” he said. “The more tax money we feed to the bureaucratic beast, the more it grows and the more its appetite grows.”

He said he will likely follow in Angel’s footsteps, intending to be a moderate conservative.

“I think she’s done a really good job with that moderate philosophy,” he said. “I want to be a lot like Jan Angel in giving everyone a fair hearing. I’m not planning on changing things drastically from her point of view.”

Matthes follows two other KAPO members, including Scott Henden and Kitsap County Republican Chair Jack Hamilton, who lost their respective races.

Matthes doesn’t think the association should hurt is campaign, noting that he joined for KAPO’s educational programs.

“The reason I got involved was not for the political wrangling part that we get thrown together with but the educational part that KAPO does,” he said. “They spend a lot of their time and effort simply researching different subjects ... I felt it was just a good asset like a good library card is.”

He noted that he has a number of other affiliations, explaining “it’s not the sum total of who I am — hopefully I can get that across.”

Matthes is retired from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where he worked as an outside mechanic and inspector. In addition to his involvement with KAPO and the Planning Commission, he is a member of the Washington State Farmer’s Bureau.

Democrats Monty Mahan and Charlotte Garrido are running as Democrats. The top two winners in the primary advance to the November election.

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