It's a big election year: Be heard | In Our Opinion

Call this the Mother of all Election Years.

The primary election is Aug. 7. The general election is Nov. 6.

North Kitsap residents will vote for president, U.S. senator, and representatives of the 1st Congressional District (to complete Jay Inslee’s term, which expires Jan. 6) and 6th Congressional District (our new district after redistricting).

North Kitsap residents will vote for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor, attorney general, commissioner of public lands, superintendent of public instruction, insurance commissioner, three Supreme Court positions, one Court of Appeals position, state senator, and two state representative positions, county commissioner, eight Superior Court judgeships, and a Public Utility District Commission position.

In Central and South Kitsap, residents will vote for representatives in the 26th and 35th legislative districts, and county commissioner. Residents of Silverdale are expected to vote on whether to create Kitsap County’s fifth city.

In a special election April 17, residents of Mason County Fire Protection District No. 2, which extends into Kitsap County, will vote on a maintenance and operations levy of not more than 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation for six years. Residents of the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue District will vote on a six-year property tax increase – to no more than $1.48 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation — to provide revenue needed to continue employing 20 firefighter/EMTs/paramedics. Residents of the Manchester Port District will vote on a measure to reduce commissioners’ terms from six years to four years.

Candidates will begin filing their candidate statements by mail on April 30, and in person beginning May 14. The candidate filing period ends May 18. Stay informed and make your voice heard this election.

1. Make sure you register to vote. You have to be 18 years old and a resident of the county. You must register at least 29 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election. Visit www.kitsapgov.com/aud/elections.htm to register online. Or register in person at the Kitsap County Elections Office, 619 Division St., Port Orchard. Registration forms are also available at city halls, fire stations, libraries, schools, and most state and federal agencies.

2. Get to know the candidates. Visit www.kitsapgov.com/aud/elections.htm for candidate statements and lists of candidate websites. Read the North Kitsap Herald and NorthKitsapHerald.com for candidate profiles, lists of upcoming candidate forums, and other campaign coverage.

Remember, the people you elect work for you and will be empowered to make decisions on your behalf – decisions that affect your quality of life, your checkbook, and the services you depend on.  Make your vote an informed one.


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