Last call for candidates

For the second time this election year the county is holding a special, three-day filing period beginning Monday in the hopes of gaining another candidate for the South Kitsap Parks and Recreation Commissioner Position 4.

Four of the five volunteer commissioner positions on the board — which oversees the community park at Jackson and Lund and the Olalla Triangle Park — are up for election this year.

While incumbents Dave Kimble and Larry Walker are each seeking another term and Marjorie Rees is running for Marta Morris’ spot, Brock Jackley’s seat is set to expire without a candidate.

Eric McIntyre threw his hat in the ring during the first candidate filing period the week of July 28, but has since withdrawn, citing personal reasons.

Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn said since there are still six weeks remaining before the election, state law allows for the added filing period.

Flynn said although the special filing periods are somewhat common in the county, it is pretty rare to have two in one year. The added filing period earlier in the year was held because of a lack of candidates in other offices, she said.

Flynn said if there still is no viable candidate after Wednesday, the incumbent commissioner would either continue in office or the board would have to appoint an replacement.

“But since we have the time, we will give someone the opportunity to file,” Flynn said. “That is the preferred way to fill the office.”

Anyone who lives in South Kitsap and is interested in running for the parks commissioner seat should file at the Elections office at the Givens Community Center in Port Orchard starting Monday at 8 a.m. and before Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. You can also file by mail, Flynn said.

Because there is no salary for the position, there is no filing fee, Flynn said, although would-be candidates should be prepared to file at least some disclosure information about their personal finances.

For more information, call 360-337-7128.

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