Wyatt won't run for mayor

Contrary to rumors, Port Orchard City Councilman Rick Wyatt announced Friday he would not run for mayor in the coming election.

The announcement leaves Lary Coppola, publisher of the Kitsap Pensinula Business Journal, still unopposed in the coming election.

The incumbent, Mayor Kim Abel, announced at the beginning of April she would not seek a second term.

“This has really been one of the toughest decisions,” Wyatt said, explaining that he seriously considered running — and may still in the future. “My dream was hopefully to become mayor of Port Orchard.”

Wyatt said, however, that the council faces several important decisions in the near future, including the Downtown Overlay District and the east and west wings, the Tremont expansion and the possibility of many annexations.

Added to this, five seats on the council open up for election this year, and Bob Geiger has already said he does not plan to run for another term.

Wyatt said the council needs to hold on to some of its experienced members.

“I think there needs to be stability on the council,” Wyatt said. “Someone who can work with anybody.”

Given the number of important decisions, Wyatt wants to remain on the council to give the bench the background of Port Orchard politics.

Wyatt said he will more than just consider running for mayor in a future election.

“If the city will allow me to serve four more years, then yes,” Wyatt said.

However, for this election, Wyatt decided to stay on the council, running for Position 5, the same position he has held for almost 12 years.

“I think youre going to see that I love this city and I care for it,” Wyatt said. “I believe I have a lot more to offer to the people of Port Orchard.”

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