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Groups for and against Prop. No. 1 file with PDC
Two groups — one in favor and the other opposed to Proposition No. 1 — have filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.
Proposition No. 1 would authorize a classification change for the city from a noncharter code city and adopt a council-manager plan of government with the City of Port Orchard.
Citizens for Professional Government, which favors Proposition No. 1, filed with the PDC on July 26 and listed Richard Peterson as treasurer, along with former councilman Fred Olin, chair, and Dick Ziglar, vice-chair.
The opposing group — Port Orchard Citizens for Responsible Government filed on Oct. 2 with Gil Michael listed as treasurer.
In past weeks, signs opposing Prop. No. 1 have popped up throughout the city — mostly near the downtown area, while fliers supporting the measure have been circulating.
Citizens for Professional Government is listed with the PDC as a single-year political committee, while Port Orchard Citizens for Responsible Government has filed as an ongoing continuing committee.
Both groups are under mini-reporting which means no more than $5,000 will be raised or spent, and no more than $500 will be accepted by one contributor, according to the PDC.
Lori Anderson, communications and training officer with the PDC, said Tuesday the groups must be registered within two weeks of organizing or spending money — whichever comes first.
According to the PDC, campaign books for the groups must be open to the public by appointment between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. during the eight days before the election, except Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays.
Contact information for both groups are available at www.pdc.wa.gov.
Council candidates report to PDC
As of Tuesday, Oct. 8, only two candidates for the Port Orchard City Council have reported money raised for the election.
Councilman Fred Chang, who is running unopposed for his Position 6 seat, reported he has received more than $3,470 and $745 has been spent.
Kim Punt, who is running for the Position 2 council seat, reported $2,910 has been raised.