Election brings slew of new faces

While some of the fresh-faced politicians were greeting Tuesday’s unofficial election results with guarded optimism, it looks like several incumbents have been voted out of both the Bremerton City Council and the Bremerton School District’s Board of Directors.

As of press time Thursday afternoon, some absentee ballots in the general election had not yet been counted. Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn expected the ballots would be counted by 3 p.m. Friday.

“I’m still treating the election results with guarded optimism,” said Vicki Collins, who was ahead in the vote for the school district’s position three. As of press time, Collins had 3,004 votes to challenger Kathy Sorensen’s 2,808. The incumbent for District 3 was Margaret Kirk, who did not run for reelection.

Collins said she will be watching the final tally and hoping she retains the lead.

While her campaign allowed Collins to meet new people and get familiar with the issues, she said she will not miss campaigning at all.

“I’m not a politician, I’m just a school mom,” Collins said. “Campaigning is not something I relished. I just did what I had to do.”

The unofficial results in the other school board elections are

l Director position 1 — Pat Jones, 3,777 votes or 61 percent and Michelle White (incumbent), 2,409 or 39 percent.

l Director position 2 — Louis Mitchell, 3,505 votes or 58 percent and Beverly Buster, 2,462 votes or 41 percent. Incumbent Leonard Anderson ran for a city council position.

l Director position 4 — Cynthia Galloway, 2,967 or 52 percent and Lonnie Dawson (incumbent), 2,741 or 48 percent.

City council newcomer Wendy Priest, too, is cautious about the unofficial results. Priest is currently defeating incumbed Ed Rollman for District 4. She has 163 votes or 54 percent to Rollman’s 139 votes or 46 percent.

Once the results are final, Priest will start doing her homework. She already has begun to familiarize herself with the city’s budget process.

Another of her priorities will be to form a support network for businesses that currently exist downtown, she said.

“There is so much emphasis on ‘let’s attract new businesses here,’” she said. “Existing businesses are important to Bremerton.

In the other city council races, the unofficial results are

l District 1 — Brad Gehring, 321 votes or 54 percent and Wayne Olsen (incumbent) 270 votes or 46 percent.

l District 2 — Cecil McConnell (incumbent), 325 votes or 54 percent and Leonard Anderson, 271 votes or 45 percent.

l District 6 — Dianne Robinson 329 votes or 56 percent and Robert McConkey, 259 votes or 43 percent.

l District 8 — Will Maupin (incumbent) ran unopposed.

Editor’s note: For final election results, go to The final results will be posted by 5 p.m. Friday.

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