Politics


All illustrations by Jessica Randklev.

All illustrations by Jessica Randklev.

And it’s not accurate to call himself a two-term mayor, like he did this week in his new blog for KitsapSun.com. Sure, it’s convenient to say two-term mayor. But, wouldn’t it be more accurate to say almost-two-term mayor? I know it doesn’t sound very good. But it seems like for the honor to call yourself a two-term mayor, you need to have served two full terms as mayor, not one term and quitting most of the way through your second.

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And by Bremerton-style, we mean mashing up music, politics, and cocktails.

So, come October 14, Bremelog.com will host/moderate a conversation between Patty Lent and Will Maupin, the two candidates duking it out to be Bremerton’s next mayor.

Boise band — and longtime friends of The Bremelogger — Finn Riggins will perform at the event.

Further details will be released soon. But, for now, plan on showing up for cocktails at 7 p.m., Oct. 14, at the Hi-Fidelity Lounge and sticking around for a conversation with the mayoral candidates and your neighbors. And stick around for one of Boise’s — and my — favorite bands.

Now some homework: I want you to tell me what you want asked of the candidates. What questions do you have? What hasn’t been addressed thus far? Send them my way or leave comments here. You’ll be hearing plenty more about this event in the coming weeks, but let’s get it started by hearing from you.

More to come.

Chris Kornelis, Editor, Bremelog.com

Poster seen on the window of The Drift Inn.

Poster seen on the window of The Drift Inn.

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The fireworks get started at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the ballroom of Bremerton’s Kitsap Conference Center (you know, the place behind Anthony’s at the ferry terminal). Yes, that means you can take full advantage of Anthony’s happy hour (3 to 6:30 p.m.) before you get talking about public options, death panels, and underground tunnels.

The whole event will be broadcast live on KitsapSun.com if you insist on participating in democracy from the comfort of your couch. Here’s hoping for a lively, respectful debate, Bremeton style.

photo(5)Between the time he was called to dinner and finally took his seat, Thursday evening, I had a chance to catch up with former Bremerton mayoral candidate Carlos Jara. He was reorganizing his office when I called, cleaning up what became ground zero for his long-shot campaign for mayor.

From the beginning Jara — the youngest, least politically experienced, and final candidate to enter the five-person primary campaign — knew he was the underdog. But at the end of the day, he brought in 12 percent of the vote, earned the endorsement (along with Will Maupin) of the Kitsap Sun’s editorial board, and impressed finalist Patty Lent enough for her to proclaim that he would make a fine candidate for small-business liaison.

Here’s what we talked about:

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“They’re not responsive to the needs of the community,” mayoral candidate and City Councilman Mike Shepherd says of Patty Lent and Will Maupin, his rivals who appear headed for November’s general election. “They’re both largely financed by developers and corporations and that’s just not who we are.”

With barely a handful of votes left to be counted, Shepherd doesn’t expect his 1,329 votes (23.8 percent) in the Aug. 18, primary election to catch up to former Kitsap County Commissioner Lent’s 1,474 (26.44 percent) or City Councilman Maupin’s 1,604 (28.77 percent). ”

While Shepherd says he’s not “Not a conceder … I can’t can’t imagine the numbers changing a whole lot.”

Shepherd, who was former mayor Cary Bozeman’s only competitor before Bozeman abruptly dropped out of the race and resigned from office to become the CEO of the Port of Bremerton, says he’s gonna take the next couple weeks off before moving onto his next project: opposing the $30 car tab proposal that voters will see on the November ballot. “That’s the way it is,” Shepherd said. “I’ll move on to the car tabs issue and working for the people that elected me (for city council).”

— Chris Kornelis

Mike Shepherd, addressing supporters mintues before the early returns came in.

Mike Shepherd, addressing supporters mintues before the early returns came in.

You could feel the oxygen get sucked out of the room when Mike Shepherd and about 30 supporters got the news just after 8:15 p.m. at Mad Moose Pizza.

“It’ll be alright,” he told the crowd as they noshed on pizza and sipped Moose Drool.

Shepherd, a city councilman who led the yard sign poll months before the other four candidates for mayor of Bremerton even entered the race, pulled in 23.98 percent of the votes in early returns tonight, enough to rank him third behind former Kitsap County commisioner Patty Lent, with 27.74 percent, and city councilman Will Maupin, with 28.57 pecent of the votes. Non-profit executive Daryl Daugs brought in 8 percent of the early votes, while local business owner Carlos Jara brought nearly 11 percent.

Though results in the close race will continue to be released later this week, “To me, it’s a victory,” Lent said in call from Brother Don’s, where she celebrated with friends and supporters. “From what the statistics are right now, I’m very confident.”

Lent says she plans to start doorbelling again on Wednesday. “If Will’s having a tough time making decisions on the budget, I want to see areas I can help improve that,” she said in reference to comments Maupin made at a budget meeting last month. “That’s a very important factor and we both need to be on top of our game.”

Maupin — who celebrated at home with his family and about 30 supporters — said he wasn’t surprised by tonight’s results and doesn’t expect them to change. “My real gut feeling ahead of time was that it was going to come out just the way it did,” he said in a call earlier tonight. Maupin said he plans to take a little bit of time off before getting his committe together and mapping out a strategy.

Shepherd, meanwhile, is not ready to give up hope.

“It’s amazing that it’s this close,” he said at Mad Moose. “100 votes might (make) the winner.”

Jara and Daugs have not yet returned calls for comment.

— Chris Kornelis

Note: During the primary campaign, Bremelog.com has focused its coverage on the mayor’s race. Look for coverage on the other races affecting Bremeton voters between now and November’s general election.

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