Candidates begin filing

For local residents seeking political office, this week marks a very important first deadline.

Monday hailed the start of filing week in Kitsap County, during which candidates for various positions must file with Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn for inclusion in the September primary and November general elections.

Potential candidates have until Friday to decide to run.

Candidates often opt to wait until Friday to tip their hand, but early-week filings have spilled in with surprising regularity.

Carolyn Powers, Bob Geiger, Ron Rider and Todd Cramer are all up for re-election to the Port Orchard City Council. Powers filed Monday. Cramer and Rider have said they will file for re-election this week, but Geiger still isn’t sure.

As expected, Port Orchard attorney Dennis Xavier Goss will run against Powers.

“Port Orchard is at its greatest crossroads,” Goss said. “We’re either going to grow and prosper or sink into disrepair.”

Goss said that while the decision was not an easy one to make, it was a necessary one.

Powers, on the other hand, is confident residents will allow her to continue to serve.

“I think I still have a lot to offer and I’ve dedicated so much of my life to public issues,” Powers said. “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.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melode Sapp filed Monday against Cramer, and Port Orchard Planning Commission Chair Gil Michael filed against Geiger.

Elected candidates will serve four years on the council.

Other filing news:

• Robert Bunker has filed for recently resigned President Jim Huff’s spot on the South Kitsap School District board of directors.

• Gerald Preuss announced his candidacy for the third position on the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue board of commissioners.

• Manchester residents Mark Rebelowski and David Kimble have filed against each other for a spot on the Port of Manchester board; Jim Thompson has re-filed for his own position with the port board.

• Bill Huntington has re-filed for a six-year term on the Karcher Creek Sewer District’s board of commissioners, and Susan Way has filed for a separate position on that board.

• Patrick Griffin-Hall has filed against Charlotte Garrido for a four-year term on the South Kitsap Parks and Recreation board of commissioners. Margie and Ryan Rees are also up for re-election this November.

All information was accurate as of the Independent’s Monday afternoon deadline. For an updated list of candidate filings visit

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