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Kim Punt will run for Port Orchard City Council seat

Kim Punt announced March 19 is will run for the City Council being vacated by longtime Councilwoman Carolyn Powers, who is retiring after nearly 30 years. The election is in November.

Punt said she is concerned about the direction the city is taking and the departure of several department heads.

“Our most immediate need is to stop the brain drain at City Hall,” Punt said. “We’ve seen the abrupt departure of some of the very best, brightest and most qualified people currently working in local government — but they haven’t left for higher pay or career advancement.

The McCormick Woods resident said more than half of our downtown is vacant, crime is on the rise, there is no long-term vision for the City’s future.

“We have lost our competitive edge when it comes to business retention and job creation. There is a very obvious leadership void at City Hall,” said Punt. “As a second-generation businessperson in this city, those things concern me a great deal.”

Punt has been the owner of Alfred Interwest Insurance for the past 16 years and worked with

her father, Pete Alfred, prior to buying the agency when he retired.

She is active within the community and serves on several City committees including the Economic Development and Tourism and Lodging Tax Advisory. Punt chairs the Concerts By The Bay and Murder Mystery Weekend Event, and is vice chair of Fathoms o’ Fun. In addition, she is a board member of the Kitsap Visitors and Convention Bureau, former board member of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce and a member of the South Kitsap Rotary Club.

“Our city has seen a lot of growth due to citizen-driven annexations over the past five years,” Punt added. “How we manage that growth — as well as the anticipated future growth when this recession finally ends — will take a steady hand by an educated, cohesive, council coupled with solid, professional management at City Hall.

“It’s time for new thinking, new blood, new vision, and a new attitude in Port Orchard — and that’s

why I’m running.”

Punt can be reach by email at kim@kimforcouncil.com.

 

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