Chamber launches ‘Community Forum’

The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce is extending to the community a chance to meet and greet local leaders, experts and activists in the form of an early-morning community forum.

Local attorney and Chamber member Eric Fong helped to organize the new “Kitsap Community Forum.”

“I was on the legislative affairs committee and we were thinking about how we could serve our community,” Fong said. “What we’re hoping to do is to provide a forum where everyday people like you and I can sit down with our leaders and ask them questions.”

The forum will meet every Friday starting Friday, Sept. 9 over breakfast and coffee at the Baja Outpost, located on Bethel Road near the Sedgwick interchange. Doors open at 7 a.m. and the speaker will take the floor at 7:30, ending at 8:30.

Twenty-sixth District Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) will speak this Friday.

“I think our leaders are excited to interact with the community,” Fond said.

On Sept. 16, Juliah Parrish, Associate Professor of Aquatic Fisheries and Science from the University of Washington will speak. On the 23rd, Kitsap County Prosecutor Russell Hauge will speak. On the 30th, the forum will welcome state Sen. Bob Oke (R-Port Orchard).

Fong said speakers are booked through October and include Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer, McCormick Land Co. President Doug Skrobut, representatives from the campaigns of I-330 and I-336. Two candidate forums are also scheduled.

“We want to see if the public is interested,” Fong said. “This will go on as long as the public is interested.”

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