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Cramer, Rider ousted in primary
The traditional luck of the incumbent wasnt with Todd Cramer and Ron Rider Tuesday as both lost their seats on the Port Orchard City Council in the primary election.
But after four years of frustration and failure at trying to move the city forward, neither was particularly disappointed at their failure to be re-elected.
I wanted to either win by a bunch and have everybody say, Thats our guy, or not, said Cramer. The citizens of Port Orchard spoke. Good for them.
Cramer lost to Melode Sapp and trailed Ty Moore by 42 votes as of Thursday.
He said hes not at all surprised at the results of the primary and relieved that he will be able to focus on other things in his life.
I have a whole other life (apart from the Council), Cramer said. Im free.
Rider said he was surprised by the results, but like Cramer, is looking forward to life out of the spotlight. He lost to Fred Chang and trailed former mayer Leslie Jay Weatherill by 66 votes Thursday.
The final results have not been posted.
Given the way things turned out, Rider said, my support is for Fred (Chang) and Tye Moore because I think, of the people in the race, they really have the best interests of the city in mind.
Asked what he planned to do after leaving the council after the new year, Rider didnt hesitate. Im going to plan longer vacations, he said, including one with Cramer as they agreed to do if they didnt come through the election.
Everything happens for a reason, Rider said. My only concern is that Port Orchard moves forward.
On Nov. 2, Sapp will run against Moore for Cramers seat and Chang will run against Weatherill for Riders.
Chang had the highest number of votes with Thursday with 580 cast, or 48.37 percent.
The Dennis Xavier Goss vs. incumbent Carolyn Powers and Gil Michael vs. incumbent Bob Geiger races will also be added to the ballot.
Cramer and Rider will officially leave office on Dec. 31.
We still have a few more months of work to do, Rider said.
For more information and updates on the primary results visit Kitsap Countys Web site at www.kitsapgov.com.