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Schulze, Richards defeat opponents in CK school board races
Jeanie Schulze will maintain her position for another two years as the director for district four on the Central Kitsap School District school board. The area four director position serves Clear Creek Elementary, Emerald Heights Elementary, Silver Ridge Elementary and Ridgetop Junior High.
Schulze swept her opponent, Victoria T. Crescenzi, with 59.7 percent of the vote in returns made public Tuesday evening by the Kitsap County Auditors office. Crescenzi took 39.3 percent of the vote.
Schulze was appointed to the position in May. Her prior experience includes working as the community relations specialist for the Central Kitsap School District for 17 years. She also served as the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce president for two years, and acted as the chair of the Kitsap Adult Center for Education/Literary Council for three years.
"My vision is a strong educational program focused on improving student achievement for all of our community’s children," Schulze previously said about her outlook for the CK educational community.
Crescenzi, a local doctor, is current chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee for resident education at Navy Hospital Bremerton. She was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to serve on the State Interagency Coordinating Council to advise the state's services for Washington's infants and children with disabilities.
Bruce Richards will also stay in his district one director position. The director took 60.7 percent of the vote over Regina C. Hill, who took 38.3 percent of the vote. The district one area covers Cottonwood Elementary, Woodlands Elementary, Fairview Junior High School and Olympic High School.
"My vision for our community and the children of this community is that they have the opportunity to earn a quality education," he recently told the CK Reporter. "We have over 10,000 students so it is important to continue to offer new ways to provide a relevant education to all of our students."
Hill volunteered for community groups such as the Bremerton Black Historical Society and the Food to Flowers program. Hill is the principal of Sustainable You, a local consulting firm. She also works as an emergency substitute teacher for the Bremerton School District.
Eric Greene, who ran unopposed, will continue to serve in the district five position. His position covers Cougar Valley Elementary, Green Mountain Elementary and Klahowya Secondary School, according to the Central Kitsap School District website. Greene has taught in public schools since the 1970s.
In other unopposed races in the county, Tuesday's returns show David Fergus and Ken Erickson re-elected to their seats on the Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners.
Larry Stokes was re-elected to his seat on the Port of Bremerton. Lawrence Greaves was re-elected to the Port of Silverdale commission and Ted C. Hillard was returned to his seat on the Port of Tracyton board of commissioners.
In a contested race, John Poppe defeated Joy Ramsdell for Position 2 commissioner on the Silverdale Water District Board of Commissioners.
Poppe received 52 percent of the vote to Ramsdell's 46 percent in Tuesday's vote tally.
County Elections Manager Dolores Gilmore said nearly 41,767 ballots were counted by 8:15 p.m. when results were announced.
Another 30,000 will be counted throughout the day on Wednesday. Election officials expected about a 50 percent voter turnout. As of Tuesday's count, there was a 27 percent turnout. There are about 153,736 registered voters in Kitsap County.