City supporters will consider a new petition

"With the results of the Nov. 2 election still uncertain, incorporation proponents are cautiously planning to send the cityhood petition back to voters in the new year. Incorporation lagged behind by 14 votes earlier this week, though questions about the validity of some votes cast might prolong the process of determining whether it passed or failed.But some cityhood boosters, weary from the year-long campaign, are considering a hiatus.Former Chamber of Commerce President Bert Cole said his involvement in another incorporation drive will be contingent on community support. “I guess they can turn around and do it again next year, but I think it’s going to be heavily dependent on how passionate the citizens of Silverdale are going to be,” Cole said.Jim Kendall, another longtime incorporation proponent and a possible city council hopeful, did not sound so reticent. “If the current election is not invalidated, then we fully intend to resubmit it,” he said. “Either way, this will appear on the ballot again.“There’s substantial support for Silverdale to determine its own fate and not have our – essentially our city hall – reside down in the courthouse,” Kendall said.But Cole said the county’s support for charter government could muddle the Silverdale incorporation discussion. “It could turn out that the charter government, coupled with an increase in services, could make it even harder to pass incorporation later on,” Cole said.But Kendall said he is confident the election can still be won. “Clearly, by the vote, this is very close. I don’t think any decision was reached one way or the other, especially with these anomalies. ... This was a no-decision.”"

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