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"Angel, Endresen win commish seats"

"Kitsap County voters wished Republican candidate Jan Angel a happy birthday last night by choosing her over Democratic contender Dusty Wiley as the next District 2 county commissioner.With Wiley gaining nearly 48 percent of the vote, Angel secured just under 52 percent, according to unofficial final tallies provided by the Kitsap County Auditor's Office.Though not ready to call the race at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, where she and others celebrated her birthday and campaign, Angel still couldn't help but be excited and grateful by the early returns.It feels good to have secured the people's trust so far, she said. I've never done this before, so I didn't really know what to expect. Hopefully, I will get the chance to bring the government back to the people of Kitsap County.Wiley, meanwhile, didn't return calls Tuesday night.The race for the District 2 position, to be vacated in January by first-term County Commissioner incumbent Charlotte Garrido, has proved a volatile contest from the start.Although Wiley secured the Democratic nomination for county commissioner in September's primary election with nearly 26 percent of the vote, he never received the Democratic Party's endorsement. Wiley ran as a Republican for the same county commissioner position in 1995, but opted this time to run as a Democrat. Wiley serves on the Kitsap Fire District 7 commission, and has worked with the county for nearly 30 years, currently as a traffic-safety inspector.Angel, a mortgage banker with Golf Savings Bank in Silverdale, has 14 years of banking and finance experience and some seven years experience in real estate sales. Angel also owned her own business for several years in Kitsap and Pierce counties.The race for the District 1 seat has been no less contentious this campaign season. Kitsap County voters apparently decided they'd like to give Democratic incumbent Chris Endresen another try as their county commissioner for four more years as their county commissioner, rather than Republican opponent Scott Henden.Unofficial final returns submitted by the Kitsap County Auditor's Office indicated late last night that Endresen was pulling ahead of Henden 52 to 47 percent.I am so thankful to the voters, said Endresen from the Sandpiper Inn in Silverdale. I've worked hard over the last four years and I plan to work just as hard over the next four on economic development, quality of life issues and transportation.Endresen said she was also glad voters seemed to see through the negative campaigning that had run rampant throughout the county over the last few months.It's too bad that negative campaigning has reached so local a level of government, she said.Henden, meanwhile, wasn't ready to concede the race last night.This is still a winnable race even though it isn't exactly close. It's actually been a better race for the Republican Party than in former years, said Henden. Results are still coming in from other precincts, so obviously we hope the trend turns in our favor.This race to the north has been anything but cool and, in fact, the heat just about got to both of the candidates. Henden, owner and operator of Henden Electric Inc. in Kingston, has, from the beginning, voraciously defended the rights of property owners and decried the high property taxes in Kitsap County.As a big believer in independent enterprise, Henden has said he also wants to bring more jobs to Kitsap County. That can't be done, he said, until owning a home is made less difficult and private property rights aren't infringed upon.All the while, Democratic candidate Chris Endresen, a first-term incumbent, said she too believed in the rights of property owners, but recognizes the necessity of protecting salmon as mandated by the state and federal government.Throughout her campaign, Endresen said she'd continue the fight for transportation connections and let Olympia know next year, without a doubt, ferries must be saved. Endresen has also been a big supporter of natural resources. "

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