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Candidate filing deadline nears

The last week in July is an exciting time for both candidates and citizens during a re-election year as the deadline for filing for candidacy draws near.

Port Orchard is no exception.

Between July 25 and July 29, Port Orchard residents interested in running for the Port Orchard City Council may file their intent to run with the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office.

Councilmembers Bob Geiger, Carolyn Powers, Ron Rider and Todd Cramer are up for re-election. DiIenno and Wyatt will not have to run for re-election until 2007.

“This is the biggest crossroads in the history of Port Orchard,” said Councilmember Todd Cramer.

Cramer, Rider and Powers will file for re-election next week, but Geiger isn’t sure whether he’ll file or not.

“I haven’t made my mind up yet,” Geiger said. “I change my mind from one day to the next.”

“I’m planning to file,” Powers said. “I think I still have a lot to offer and I’ve dedicated so much of my life to public issues. I enjoy the challenge and we still have some major issues facing us that still need to be worked out.”

Powers expects her health may become an issue in the upcoming campaign, but reports her cardiologist has given her a clean bill of health.

Port Orchard attorney Dennis Xavier Goss has already announced he will run against Powers for the second seat on the Council.

Several say Port Orchard Planning Commission Chair Gill Michael will challengeformer Port Orchard Mayor Jay Weatherill for Geiger’s seat, should Geiger decide not to run.

“I can neither confirm nor deny that (I’m running) right now,” Weatherill said. “I will say that I’ve been approached by a number of different citizens (about the possibility).”

The filing deadline for candidates is Friday, July 29.

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