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Auditor's office announces extension on 16 seats

Those hot to be water or port commissioners have until today to grab a last-chance shot at one of Kitsap County’s 16 unfilled elected offices.

All you have to do — at least in South Kitsap — is live within Sunnyslope Water District.

Sunnyslope Water currently has the only empty elected seat in South Kitsap. When no one filed for the spot — commissioner position 2 — by 4:30 p.m. Friday, it joined 15 other seats county-wide in a three-day last-chance extended filing period.

This is actually not an uncommon event, said elections manager Dolores Gilmore — many smaller taxing districts in the county have unfilled seats at election time. In fact, Sunnyslope is doing pretty well — Gilmore said three water districts have three open seats apiece that need to be filled by 4:30 p.m. today.

If nobody files for Sunnyslope’s seat, Gilmore explained, the seat will automatically revert to its current holder — in this case, Debbie Kenfield. If she doesn’t want the seat, Gilmore continued, the remaining commissioners will have to appoint someone to fill her space.

Barring any last-minute pull-outs, these are the folks that will appear on the November ballot:

n Port Orchard Mayor: Incumbent Leslie “Jay” Weatherill is being challenged by Kim Abel.

n Port Orchard City Council, Pos. 1: Rita DiIenno is running unopposed for the seat currently held by outgoing incumbent Don Morrison.

n Port Orchard City Council, Pos. 4: Incumbent John Clauson is running unopposed.

n Port Orchard City Council, Pos. 5: Incumbent Rick Wyatt is running unopposed.

n Port Orchard City Council, At-large: Incumbent Bob Geiger is being challenged by local entrepreneur Ron Rice. Rice most recently made headlines over the closure of his amphitheater, located on the edge of Port Orchard at Sidney Avenue and Sedgwick Road. He also owns a Seabeck Pizza outlet and a coffee shop at the same location.

n South Kitsap School District Director, Pos. 1, 2: Incumbents Jim Huff and Keith Garton are running for their respective seats unchallenged.

n South Kitsap School District Director, Pos. 5: Patty Henderson is running unchallenged for the seat vacated by outgoing board president Mike Davis.

n Fire District 7 Commissioner, Pos. 1: Incumbent Rodger “Pudge” Wiley is being challenged by R. Scott Lucke.

n Fire District 7 Commissioner, Pos. 4: Incumbent Dave Gelsleichter is being challenged by Phil Seratt.

n Port of Bremerton Commissioner, Dist. 1: Incumbent and current commission president Cheryl Kincer is running unopposed.

n Port of Manchester Commissioner, Pos. 1: Incumbent James E. Strode is running unopposed.

n Port of Waterman Commissioner, Pos. 3: Incumbent Jack E. McCarn is running unopposed.

n Karcher Creek Sewer District Commissioner, Pos. 3: Incumbent Tracy Delucia is running unopposed.

n Annapolis Water District Commissioner, Pos. 2: Incumbent James Jay Hart is running unopposed.

n Manchester Water DIstrict Commissioner, Pos. 3: Incumbent Kyle D. Galpin is running unopposed.

n Sunnyslope Water District Commissioner, Pos. 2: Candidates have until today at 4:30 p.m. to file for this seat.

n South Kitsap Parks and Recreation Commissioner Pos. 1 and 2: Incumbents Dave Kimble and Larry Walker are running for their respective seats unopposed.

n South Kitsap Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Pos. 4: Eric McIntyre is running unopposed for the seat vacated by outgoing commission appointee Brock Jackley.

n South Kitsap Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Pos. 5: Marjorie Rees is running unopposed for the two-year unexpired term vacated by incumbent Marta Morris.

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