Granato joins Moriwaki as county commissioner applicant

Two Bainbridge Island Democrats, Clarence Moriwaki and Sam Granato, are among the five applicants seeking appointment to the Kitsap County Commissioner (District 1) position being vacated by Democrat Steve Bauer of Kingston in early March.

The other four applicants are Rob Gelder of Poulsbo, Linda Berry-Maraist of Poulsbo and Laurie J. Serdahl of Poulsbo. Glen Godfrey of Kingston had also applied, but he was disqualified because he's not a registered Democrat

The applications will be screened by the Kitsap County Democratic Central Executive Board to determine eligibility, followed by the Residential Precinct Committee officers narrowing the field to three during a Feb. 22 meeting.

That list will be ranked in order of preference by the committee and then submitted to the county's Board of Commissioners. The appointment could occur as early as Feb. 28

Moriwaki, who applied as soon as applications were being excepted earlier this month, was one of the three finalists when Bauer was appointed to replace Chris Endresen in 2007 and was elected to a four-year term in 2008.

Granato, a former mayor of Winslow and Bainbridge Island, waited until last Friday's deadline for applications.

"I gave it a lot of thought and decided that it's a position that will allow me to contribute a great deal to Kitsap County, where I've lived for 32 years," he said Monday. He said he had been approached to apply for the position when Andresen was appointed several years ago, but had decided against it.

While Granato was Winslow's last mayor and Bainbridge Island's first one, he has never held a county office.

"But I've been on so many county boards and commissions I can't remember all of them," he said. "I'm not a stranger to how our county government operates."

He said his tendency as a politician is to approach all issues with an open mind and then make decisions based on the information he has gathered.

Granato, who has a master's degree in social service, held many public service jobs over the years, including as state director of the Division of Social Services in Alaska.

After leaving political office the early '90s, he was the developer, owner and manager of The Pavilion, a retail and office mall in Bainbridge. He also is co-owner of Bainbridge Cinemas, Lynwood Theatre and Stanwood Cinemas.

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