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Bek Ashby formally announces bid for Port Orchard City Council seat
Resident and businesswoman Bek Ashby made a formal announcement March 26 that she is a candidate for the City Council seat currently held by Carolyn Powers, who will retire after 26 years on the Council.
Ashby, a South Kitsap High School graduate, has been in small business for more than 30 years and said she is “anxious to bring a small business perspective” to the City Council.
“First and foremost, the city's business is to serve our citizens. Providing police protection, water and sewer, parks and planning for future growth is the work of the city,” Ashby stated in her press release. “As a business administrator, I know firsthand what it takes to make solid decisions and run a successful business.”
Ashby said Port Orchard offers so many opportunities for economic growth, but we need to make sure our own city’s government understands how best to support small businesses.”
“After a career in the private sector, I understand the challenges taxpayers and small businesses in our community face,” she added.
She serves as treasurer of the Port Orchard Bay Street Association and has been a member of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She completed a 30 year career in community banking as a chief financial officer, president and chief executive officer of Silverdale State Bank, and was the CFO of North Bay Mortgage.
“I’m anxious to bring a fresh perspective to the City Council,” offered Ashby. “As a member of the Port Orchard Planning Commission for two six-year terms, I’ve seen how helpful or burdensome decisions made by our Council can be to our city’s residents.”
Ashby praised Powers’ years of service on the Council.
“Carolyn is the model of an independent, common-sense decision maker. Her service to the city is to be applauded,” added Ashby. “I look forward to building on her years of hard work and accomplishments that have inspired me for decades”.
Her volunteering includes chairperson for the South Kitsap Relay for Life and six years on the Port Orchard Police Civil Service Commission, and as president of both South Kitsap Western Little League and South Kitsap Pony Colt baseball organization.