With no candidate, filing period extended for Village Green Metropolitan Park District Commission, Position 3

The primary election is Aug. 16. - Staff
The primary election is Aug. 16.
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KINGSTON – Last August, Kingston voters created the Village Green Metropolitan Park District and elected five commissioners who serve six-year terms. Jason Manges' position is the first up to get a system of staggered terms in place.

But no candidate filed last week for the position in the upcoming primary election, so Kitsap County Auditor Walter E. Washington called a special three-day filing period this week.

Prospective candidates have three additional days to file for the Village Green Metropolitan Park District Commission, as well as several other positions in Kitsap County that failed to attract candidates.

Any registered voter residing within the district is eligible to file for the position. To view a complete list of candidate filings, visit For additional information, contact the Kitsap County Auditor Elections Division at 360-337-7128.

Barring challenges from write-in candidates, most North Kitsap elected officials are assured of new terms after this year's election.

The candidate filing deadline ended Friday at 5 p.m. for the Aug. 16 primary election.

Republican Christopher Tibbs, who ran for school board and served on the county's Citizens Budget Advisory Committee, is challenging County Commissioner Rob Gelder, Democrat, for the Kitsap County Commission position representing North Kitsap County.

Mike Dunphy is challenging Poulsbo City Councilwoman Connie Lord for her Position 2 seat. All other council candidates are unopposed; the prospective winners include Gary Nystul, a Poulsbo resident who is Bremerton's city auditor and a former Kalispell, Mont. city councilman. Barring a write-in challenge, he will succeed council appointee Jeff Bauman, who chose not to run for a full term.

North Kitsap School Board President Val Torrens faces a challenge from Julie Edwards and Scott Henden for her District 4 position. Ed Strickland is being challenged by Bill Webb for his District 5 position.

Poulsbo Port Commissioner Arnie Bockus is being challenged by Jim Rutledge for Position 3. In Kitsap County Fire District No. 18, also known as Poulsbo Fire District, appointed commissioner Martin Sullivan of Poulsbo is being challenged by former commissioner Jack D. Woodard of Poulsbo for his Position 3 seat.

Kingston Ferry Advisory Committee Chairman Walt Elliott and Jerry Kirschner, who led the Kingston Port District's passenger ferry advisory team, are challenging District 3 Kingston Port Commissioner Thomas A. Coultas.

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