Maupin, Lent lead in mayoral race
By STEVEN DEDUAL
Bremerton Patriot Staff Writer
August 19, 2009 · 9:54 AM
About 40 people were gathered inside and out of the Fritz European Fry House at Bremerton's Harborside election night in support of mayoral candidate, Carlos Jara.
The group sipped beers and ales and munched on Belgian fries and German sausages.
"I feel good," Jara said just before 8 p.m. as he waited to see the results of primary election.
The mayoral race, which included Will Maupin, Patty Lent, Mike Shepherd, Daryl Daugs and Jara, saw the field of candidates narrowed from five to two finalists who will face off in November's general election.
Results released shortly after 8 p.m. revealed Maupin leading the race with 1,207 votes, nearly 30 percent of the votes cast; Lent had 1,172, about 28 percent; Shepherd received 1,013 votes, or 24 percent; Jara pulled in 460 votes to get 11 percent; and Daugs racked up 341 votes, or 8 percent of the total.
"The result is pretty much what I expected it to be," Maupin said. "I was a little worried last night though."
Maupin added a 35 vote lead was "not very big," but typically the numbers don't change much after the first results are released, he said.
Lent said her grass-roots campaign is the reason she received the support she did and she was happy to see the candidates all run clean campaigns.
"I applaud all of the candidates," she said.
"Well, at least I got more votes than Daryl," Jara said.
Three other races took place last night for positions one ,four and five of the Bremerton School District's Board of Directors.
In the race for position one, 33 percent of the votes went to Scott Rahm, who pulled in 1,460 votes; Christianne Martin took in 1,197 votes, 27 percent; Cynthia Large gathered in 987 votes, about 23 percent; and J. David Rubie received 632 votes, about 14 percent.
Rahm and Martin will be on November's general election ballot.
Position four's incumbent, Cynthia Triplett Galloway, gathered 2,034 votes, almost half the total cast in this election. She will face David Boynton in the general election after receiving 1,330 votes, 30 percent, in Tuesday night's election. Bruce D. Woolnough was third in the race with 919 votes, 21 percent.
With more than 50 percent of the votes counted Tuesday, current interim director, Carolynn Perkins, assured herself top billing on November's ballot, gathering 2,129 votes. Also on that ballot will be Ruben R. Garcia Jr. Garcia's 1,103 votes, or 26 percent, was enough to top Ken Watkins' 949 votes, 22 percent.Contact Bremerton Patriot Staff Writer Steven DeDual at email@example.com or (360) 308-9161.