Quade wins Poulsbo mayoral primary

POULSBO — Councilwoman Kathryn Quade outdistanced Mayor Donna Jean Bruce and Councilman Mike Regis in Tuesday’s primary to put herself at the front of the mayor’s race heading into November.

Quade garnered 961 votes, while Bruce got 566 to beat out Regis, who finished with 517 as of Friday morning.

Quade said she was pleased not only by the victory but the wide margin by which she won as well.

“It means people are looking for change and my message of inclusion clearly resonated,” she said.

The victory also illustrates that her widespread doorbelling and efforts to reach out to the public paid off, Quade said.

“I’m not changing a thing and I’m still going to work hard,” she said, noting that she will continue her efforts in examining low impact development, transportation alternatives and new technologies.

All of the things that resulted in success in the primary will carry over into November, she said.

“I think people really do want to be heard and they think they will be included,” Quade said.

Incumbent Bruce said she hasn’t had much time to think about Tuesday’s election results.

“I’ve been too busy with everything going on around,” she said, referring to the city’s municipal campus project and 2006 budget preparations.

Even though he failed to advance past the primary, Regis said he was appreciative of all of the community support he received during his campaign.

“I’m very grateful to the people who backed my campaign and offered their enthusiasm and energy,” he said.

The election’s outcome is a sign of change that is occurring within the city as it continues to grow, Regis said, noting that the timing came earlier than he anticipated.

“There is a paradigm shift going on in the community that is partly due to the fact we’re approving new subdivisions that will get a new mix of interest in government,” he said. “Hopefully, it will be a positive change.”

Involving residents of those subdivisions was one of his platforms and is something he will continue despite not advancing to the general election, he said.

“Many of my issues are on the table and are in the discussion conduit,” Regis said. “I am still committed to bringing them forward.”

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