Workshop set for Kitsap political wannabes

The Kitsap County Auditor’s Office is sponsoring an election workshop, designed to provide the latest information about running for office to all potential candidates.

“We’re doing this so people who run for public office will know what the expectations are,” said Auditor Karen Flynn, who was first elected herself in 1986. “People may underestimate the necessary time commitment.”

The workshop will take place form 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave. in Port Orchard.

Covered topics include an overview of the process, filing procedures, the use of data lists, preparing a voters’ pamphlet statement and public disclosure legal requirements.

To this end, a representative from the state Public Disclosure Commission is expected to attend the meeting,

Additionally, a panel of elected officials, including Port Orchard Mayor Kim Abel and Manchester Water District Commissioner Steve Pederson, will address the group and field questions.

Election supervisor Dolores Gilmore said 15 to 30 people have attended these workshops in the past.

The presentation will discuss the various services available to candidates in the form of voter lists. These are configurable with regard to district, street and type.

Those that require printing or disks to output the information are assessed a fee, while e-mil lists requiring no formatting are sent out free of charge.

“The forums with the elected officials are very helpful, because people are told what to expect,” Gilmore said.

Added Flynn, “People’s perspective may change, as they are surprised to find out that a strongly held idea isn’t in the majority. That people disagree with a candidate can create a sense of conflict in some people.”

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