Incumbents get clear message from the voters

It’s pretty clear the Port Orchard City Council that gets down to business in January won’t look very much like the one that meets until then.

Incumbents Todd Cramer and Ron Rider both finished in third place during last week’s primary election, meaning they won’t even get a chance to defend their seats in the November general election.

Cramer’s place will either be taken by Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce Director Melode Sapp — a familiar figure around town but a political newcomer — or Tye Moore — an even bigger suprise who attracted only 5 percent fewer votes than Sapp and 4 percent more than Cramer’s 28 percent.

Meanwhile, Rider attracted a disappointing 22 percent of the vote and will be replaced by either former Port Orchard Mayor Jay Weatherill, who pulled 28 percent of the vote, or political neophyte Fred Chang, who at 48 percent, pulled down almost as many votes as Weatherill and Rider combined.

That’s a pretty clear message to the rest of the incumbents on the council that city residents are in the mood for change, and it’s a safe bet sitting Councilmembers Bob Geiger and Carolyn Powers, whose seats are also up after this term but didn’t have to face the voters until November because they were only opposed by one challenger, took notice.

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