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Erickson unopposed for Poulsbo mayor; challenges in six of 21 NK races
POULSBO — Barring a challenge from a write-in candidate, Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson is unopposed for a second term as the Viking City’s chief executive officer.
As mayor, Erickson is paid $68,991 a year.
The candidate filing period for the Aug. 6 primary closed Friday. Some changes were immediately apparent: Antonio DeCarlo is retiring from the Poulsbo Port Commission, Marc Bissonette from the Kingston Port Commission, and Tom Anderson from the North Kitsap School Board.
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. The winners will have the authority and power to make decisions that affect the delivery of services in the city, the classroom, the fire station, the port, in your tap, and on the playground.
Voters will have more than one choice of candidates for several positions. Other candidates are, like Erickson unopposed.
The following candidates are unopposed and will not be on the primary election ballot:
— Poulsbo mayor: Becky Erickson.
— Poulsbo City Council Position 5: Ed Stern.
— Poulsbo City Council Position 6: David Musgrove.
— Port of Poulsbo, Position 1: Stephen Swann.
— Port of Keyport, Position 1: John M. Thompson.
— Kitsap County Fire District 18, Position 2: C. Conrad Green.
— Kitsap County Fire District 18, Position 5: Darryl Milton.
— North Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Position 2: Patrick M. Pearson
— Village Green Metropolitan Park District, Position 2: Tracy Darlene Harris.
— Village Green Metropolitan Park District, Position 5: Jim Moore.
Positions with more than two candidates will be on the Aug. 6 primary election ballot. Positions with only two candidates will be on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
— Poulsbo City Council, Position 7: Jim Henry, Melody Sky Eisler.
— Port of Poulsbo, Position 2: Sheila Mengert, Mark deSalvo.
— North Kitsap School Board, District 1: Cindy Webster-Martinson, Steve Hancock.
— North Kitsap School Board, District 3: Ken Ames, Beth Worthington, Doug Prichard.
— Port of Indianola, District 3: Patrick Hatchel, John Lane.
— Port of Kingston, District 1: Nels Sultan, Bruce MacIntyre.
Five positions attracted no candidates. That kicks off a special three-day filing period. If no one files in that time, the position will be on the 2014 general election ballot, according to Miriam Campbell of the Secretary of State’s office.
— Port of Eglon, District 1: Gene Duvall, incumbent.
— Port of Indianola, District 2: Judith Frank, incumbent.
— Old Bangor Water District No. 19, Position 1: Sandra L. Stewart, incumbent.
— Old Bangor Water District No. 19, Position 2: Trygve Klabo, incumbent.
— Old Bangor Water District No. 19, Position 3: Vacant.
Erickson is the first mayoral candidate to not have an opponent since Donna Jean Bruce in 1999. Since she announced her campaign for reelection in April, Erickson had been readying for a campaign because unopposed mayoral campaigns are rare.
“I assume I’m going to have an opponent,” Erickson said earlier in the day Friday. “Since day one, I have been acting and moving forward as if I have an opponent. If it turns out I’m unopposed, I will be humbled.”
On her to-do list for her second term: "We have to continue to work on something for the old city hall property, continue to work toward revitalization of Viking Avenue," Erickson said. "We will have some new residential development coming in, and we need to ensure they have adequate open space and good neighborhood connections. We need to make sure we continue to thrive, but being careful to preserve our heritage and our culture."
Erickson said efforts to attract a developer to redevelop the old city hall site on Jensen Way have "stalled." She said the next step may be issuing a request for proposals — "going to the development community and saying, 'We have this benefit, what can you do with it.' "