District 3 candidates square off

In a relatively quiet election year, the first of two Eggs and Issues events sponsored by the Bremerton Chamber was barely a whisper.

Counting the candidates themselves about 10 people attended a question and answer session Thursday morning with Bremerton City Council District 3 candidates John Ales and Adam Brockus.

Both newcomers to the political scene, Ales and Brockus addressed the city’s infrastructure needs, economic development, Manette area concerns and NASCAR.

Brockus proposed allowing residents on a particular street to pay to have their utilities placed underground if they elected to do so. He said Manette’s picturesque views are somewhat lessened by power lines. He would also like to see businesses on 11th Street flourish and replace the bookstore there.

Ales said he would like to see the city focus its resources on the “basics of running a city.”

Ales, who ran for the council seat to get involved in the community, hopes to address the speeding on Perry and Trenton.

Helen Miller questioned Brockus on his appointment then withdrawal from the Community Block Grant Committee. Brockus explained he had been appointed to the committee, pending Council approval, which seemed eminent. But when people raised questions about the appointment as it related to his candidacy, he withdrew his name.

By this time the county’s voters pamphlet had been printed and mailed out stating he was on the committee. Brockus said he has since removed the committee from his campaign material.

City Councilman Brad Gehring asked the candidates to address fiscal challenges facing the city.

Affordable healthcare topped Ales’ list while Brockus said economic development would be the most challenging.

When asked about the possibility of a NASCAR track, the candidates were divided on the issue.

Ales said he was leery of the idea and would much rather see public resources go to partnering with the University of Washington for example to make Olympic College a four-year school.

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