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Erickson running for second term as Poulsbo mayor
POULSBO — Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson announced her candidacy for a second term April 9.
The primary election is Aug. 6, the general election is Nov. 5.
Also on the ballot in Poulsbo: Council positions 5, 6 and 7. Ed Stern, Council Position 5, announced his candidacy for a fifth term April 2. Jim Henry, Council Position 7, said April 2 he plans to run for a second term. David Musgrove, Council Position 6, said he will make an announcement within the next couple of months.
All told, 83 positions in 40 municipalities and governing districts are on the ballot in Kitsap County this year. North Kitsap residents will vote on 21 of those positions.
— City of Poulsbo: Mayor and council positions 5, 6 and 7.
— North Kitsap School Board: Districts 1 and 3.
— Kitsap County Fire Protection District 18 (Poulsbo Fire): Positions 2 and 5.
— North Kitsap Fire and Rescue: Position 2.
— Port of Eglon: District 1.
— Port of Indianola: Districts 2 and 3.
— Port of Keyport: Position 1.
— Port of Kingston: District 1.
— Port of Poulsbo: Positions 1 and 2.
— Old Bangor Water District No. 19: Positions 1, 2 and 3.
— Village Green Metropolitan Park District: Positions 2 and 5.
The mayor of Poulsbo serves a four-year term and is paid $68,991 a year. The mayor is the chief executive of the city.
Erickson is the only person to date to announce a candidacy for mayor, but it’s early — the candidate filing period is May 13–17 — and Erickson notes that as far as she knows there has never been an uncontested race for mayor. Online records show there were contested races in 2009, 2005, 2001 and 1997.
Erickson is using www.nollroad.com as her campaign website; the site was established in 2006 when Erickson became involved in politics out of concern for development that was proposed in her Noll Road neighborhood and elsewhere in the city.
She served on committees that rewrote the city’s critical areas ordinance and planned residential development codes, was elected to the City Council in November 2007 and was elected mayor in November 2009.
Prior to entering local politics, she served as chief financial officer and director of operations of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
“I want to finish the work that I have started,” she said in her campaign announcement. “I inherited city government at the height of tough economic times. Through fiscal prudence, inventive use of public assets and firm management of city staff, the City of Poulsbo has balanced its budget without using reserves or reducing services. Our city is open for business, encouraging economic stability while remembering our cultural roots.”
Among her goals for the next four years: “Reinvent” Viking Avenue, redevelop the old city hall site in downtown Poulsbo, continue to improve the health of Liberty Bay, and maintain open spaces in neighborhoods.
“We will move on this pathway while remembering our heritage of small-town friendliness, concern and compassion for our neighbors,” she said. “We are Little Norway, the Viking City, a place we all share with pride and affection.”
Being mayor is a full-time job. Erickson said she will be changing her work schedule so she will be able to walk neighborhoods in the afternoon. She said she will not seek or accept campaign contributions.
“I believe in servant leadership, free from financial influence,” she said. “If you want to help my campaign, please donate to your local charity of choice and tell your friends why you support my re-election.”
Erickson’s campaign can be contacted at (360) 779-4998, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www. nollroad.com.