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Kitsap election turnout looks healthy

Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn said 20 boxes of ballots arrived at her office on Monday, indicating a healthy return on the election.

Ballots hit mailboxes at the end of last week, and many residents have already cast their vote.

“I’ve got at least two votes,” said Lary Coppola, candidate for mayor, “Mine and my wife’s.”

Port Orchard City Councilman Fred Chang, who is not up for any position this year, is ready to drop his off at county offices, having filled his out immediately upon receiving it. He noted the high number of contenders on the various open positions.

“I think it’s always nice to have a choice,” Chang said. “It’s going to be an interesting election, and I’ll be happy to work with whoever succeeds.”

He said the opposition to long-time council members, such as Rick Wyatt and John Clauson, who have only once before faced competition, is more due to a higher amount of community involvement than feelings over the Downtown Overlay District.

Mayor Kim Abel said she has not voted, and won’t until the last minute.

“I really love going to the polls,” Abel explained. “I miss that part of the whole thing.”

Abel said she will collect news articles, election guides and other materials leading up to November, and the weekend before the election she will look over everything and make her decision, not that she is one voter who could change her mind even after the ballots are mailed.

“If somebody makes a great statement over the next couple weeks, they might sway me,” Abel said.

Flynn estimated a 52 to 55 percent return on the ballots.

“We have a lot at the beginning, and quite a few at the end,” she said. “We always think its a good indication when there’s a number of things on the ballot when we have so many returns right away.”

South Kitsap residents have more to vote on than mayors and city council members. The Annapolis Water District and Karcher Creek Sewer District have placed a proposal to consolidate.

The resolution said the entities duplicate common services and the consolidation would reduce administration expenses.

For more information on the election, visit http://www.kitsapgov.com/auditor.

To learn more about candidates for seats in Port Orchard’s City Hall, visit www.portorchardindependent.com and click on the audio election guide.

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