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Candidates lining up for Bremerton elections
Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent said this week that she will be seeking a second term and plans to file paperwork to make it official.
District 1 Councilman Jim McDonald, meanwhile, who was elected to a four-year term in 2010, announced this week that he will not be running again for city council.
“I have enjoyed my time on the council,” he wrote in an announcement. “I sincerely appreciate my opportunity to serve our citizens of Bremerton. I will always be grateful for the dedication and commitment by all our council, staff, and committee volunteers who work to make our city better. I am confident that Bremerton is progressing and will continue to be a great place to live and work.”
Other than spending more time with family and traveling, McDonald said he expects to continue living in Bremerton and will “watch its exciting development.”
A few other city council members have made official announcements about seeking re-election next year when the council will shrink from nine seats to seven following a voter-approved reorganization of the board.
Adam Brockus, whose current District 3 is made up mostly of Manette, will seek a third term. His new district will include less of Manette and more of downtown and Evergreen Park neighborhoods.
“I’ve been honored to represent my neighbors in Manette for the better part of a decade, and I think we’ve made great improvements in that time,” Brockus said. “Now I hope to represent the neighbors on the west side of the Narrows in bringing an improved and better Bremerton.”
District 2 Councilwoman Leslie Daugs will also seek re-election in an expanded east side district. She was first elected in 2011, earning more than 66 percent of the vote in her district.
“I’m running for re-election to continue to provide a strong voice for my district, advocating fiscal and moral responsibility and smart budgeting for the city,” Daugs said.
Daugs also said that she will continue to fight for her constituents that don’t live downtown.
“Bremerton has made significant progress in recent years and while I appreciate the steps forward, I would like to see a stronger emphasis on supporting neighborhoods and families — there’s more to Bremerton than just downtown,” Daugs said. “District 2 is a work in progress, and we must continue forward with a stronger focus on the east side and the Wheaton Way corridor.”
Current City Council President Greg Wheeler has also said that he will seek re-election in a newly formed district.
The life-long Bremerton resident and Navy veteran who works in the engineering department at PSNS, was first elected to the council in 2010. He says his focus is safe neighborhoods and parks, well-maintained streets and sidewalks and fully funded core city services.
In addition, he said he strives to create a business friendly environment and always factors in long-term and hidden costs before casting any vote.