Lord re-elected to Poulsbo City Council, Position 2
By MEGAN STEPHENSON
November 9, 2011 · Updated 6:53 AM
POULSBO — Connie Lord was re-elected Tuesday to Poulsbo City Council Position 2, and in celebration Lord said she’ll continue to focus on finishing the city budget.
“People are concerned about their own well-being and appreciate a conservative voice on the council,” Lord said of her supporters.
With 1,581 ballots counted Tuesday, Lord received 1,040 votes to Mike Dunphy’s 540.
The ballot count will change Wednesday. Kitsap County Elections Manager Dolores Gilmore gave this rundown Tuesday of ballots received as of Monday evening.
— Countywide: 47,955 of 146,593 ballots mailed.
— North Kitsap School District: 10,465 of 28,789.
— Poulsbo city: 1,838 of 5,165.
— Poulsbo Port District: 1,566 of 4,238.
— Kingston Port District, 1,558 of 4,073.
That’s not counting the 10,000 countywide ballots received in Tuesday’s mail, nor the ballots received from drop boxes. In addition, Gilmore expects to receive on Wednesday ballots postmarked on Election Day.
Dunphy, a land surveyor with ADA Engineering, said he ran because his supporters encouraged his ideas, agreeing it was “time for a change.”
“[The race] was more involved than I thought it would be ... but it hasn’t scared me away,” Dunphy said. Next, he plans on applying for the city Planning Commission to stay involved and use his engineering background.
Dunphy ran on the platform of change, but offered many ideas consistent with council goals. He said he’d like to see more environmental education for residents, especially concerning stormwater runoff. He also lobbied for tourism, such as a hotel, to revitalize Viking Avenue.
During her campaign, Lord said she offered consistency. She said there are already freshmen council members and the city needs experienced leadership in trying economic times.
“I can’t focus on anything else right now,” Lord said about the city’s budget. The council is reviewing the 2012 budget and will adopt a final version in December. She said after her new term begins in January, her next goal is to review the city’s Shoreline Master Program with the council. The Shoreline Master Program regulates development and other uses in shoreline areas.
Lord has been on the council for 12 years, and was deputy mayor for four of those years. She served as city clerk on Bainbridge Island, worked as an artist and owned an art gallery in Poulsbo, and is a member of numerous boards and volunteer organizations.
Poulsbo City Council members serve four-year terms and receive $6,000 a year. The City Council is the legislative branch of city government; members approve the budget, make laws, set policies, and serve on committees.
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