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Second Republican joins commissioner race

Patrick Boyle spent 21 years as a naval aviator, serving aboard carriers like the Hornet, Kitty Hawk, Coral Sea and Enterprise in points from San Diego to Vietnam.

In 1979, he retired from what he calls “a great job” in the Navy.

Now, after more than 20 years as a real estate agent, he wants a new job: county commissioner representing Central Kitsap.

Boyle, an Illinois native who has lived in Tracyton since 1988, recently announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for CK commissioner.

With the primary election still six months away, Boyle is the second declared Republican candidate for the seat currently occupied by Democrat Tim Botkin. Patty Lent, a Silverdale travel agent, announced her candidacy in late February.

A political neophyte, Boyle said he is running to “get some balance” in county policy on land use.

“My political activities have consisted of worrying about land-use problems and how the county commissioners have handled the land-use issues,” Boyle said. “In some cases, I think the commissioners have misled the public into believing we had to do these things because higher authority was dictating it.”

Boyle said he’s particularly unhappy with how the commissioners have handled growth management, shoreline management, critical areas ordinance and Endangered Species Act mandates.

He said enforcement of existing land-use regulations would do more to protect salmon than current proposals, which he said degrade property rights.

“I think the (commissioner) job is primarily a land-use job, and the related regulations,” said Boyle, an associate broker and manager for the Commercial Division of Reid Real Estate in Silverdale. “I think being a commercial Realtor ... has prepared me very well for this job.”

On other issues, Boyle said he supports the planned downtown Bremerton government center, although “maybe it’s too grand, too large. We’ve got to find out.”

He promised to streamline county government, especially administrative costs, and to cut wasteful county spending. And he expressed opposition to the proposed Fairgrounds ice arena, which would be built by a private developer at the county Fairgrounds.

“I’m not really in favor of this public land being used for the ice rink,” Boyle said. “I’m in favor of private development — I don’t think the county should be making a sweetheart deal with a private group.”

Boyle admitted that he hasn’t fully studied all the likely campaign issues, but promised to bone up this spring.

On one issue, though, Boyle said his real estate experience makes him an expert.

“Land use is probably the primary reason” he got involved, Boyle said. “I lump a lot of things under land use. I feel pretty strongly that we need to protect the environment, but once again I feel some of the rules we have are pretty extreme.”

Botkin, a first-term commissioner from Chico, hasn’t formally announced his intentions but is widely expected to run for reelection.

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