CKFR commish Rogers leads in squeaker

In the Nov. 4 off-year General Election there were 81 separate races in Kitsap County.

Several races gained attention in Central Kitsap as the CK Fire and Rescue continued reducing its oversized board of commissioners. Also, the Port of Silverdale’s commissioner race had a wrinkle with incumbent Harold Dahl’s 11th-hour write-in attempt after missing the filing deadline. Lastly, Port of Tracyton voters confirmed all three appointed commissioners, while a sole Brownsville Port commissioner was reelected.

l Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue: In a real squeaker, sitting Commissioner Ralph Rogers is defeating another incumbent Commissioner, Robert Miller, 5,130 to 4,897 votes — or 50.8 percent to 48.5 percent.

“I’ve worked real hard the last eight years and there’s a lot more to be done. I’m looking forward to the next six years,” said Rogers.

Miller was magnanimous in his apparent defeat.

“There’re still things I can do for the department,” Miller said. “I’m not as sorry for myself as I am for those in the administration who were supporting me.”

Fire districts have been merging recently, but retaining all elected commissioners. With the inflated board, off-year elections have given CKFR the chance to reduce the number of commissioners. There are now eight commissioners; by 2007, there will be seven.

l Port of Silverdale: Scott Youngren, the only name on the ballot, received 2,558 votes, or 96.2 percent. Long-time commissioner Harold Dahl wanted to be reelected, but missed the filing deadline to sign up for the ballot. He launched a write-in. It’s unknown how many votes he personally received, but there were 101 write-ins for the seat. He has been on the board 18 years. Dahl blamed only himself for the missed deadline.

l Port of Tracyton: This controversial port has suffered from rancor for the past few years over should it still exist, who was in charge and who was a valid commissioner. After contentious former Commissioner Walt Fitzpatrick was forced off the board in August, the port ended up with all-appointed board.

Wednesday tallies by election officials indicated all three appointees are now confirmed by the electorate. William Mooney, District 1, finishing out two-years of a six-year term, received 470 votes or 98.5 percent; Gary Keenan, District 2, a full six-year term, received 478 votes or 99.4 percent; and Pat Wright, District 3, finishing out four years of a six-year term, 297 or 60 percent of the vote. Wright was opposed by Jim Brophy, who entered the race thinking no one else would. Brophy received 194 votes or 39.2 percent. Before Tuesday’s vote, Brophy said once he learned Wright was on the ballot, he would abdicate to Wright, even if he won.

l Port of Brownsville: The only contested seat was District 3. Allen Miller held a healthy lead with 1,359 votes or 67.4 percent against Arley Bright with 641 votes or 31.8 percent. Both were fighting for a four-year unexpired term. Bob Kalmbach was elected unopposed in District 2.

Votes are still being counted and will not be certified until Nov. 19, according to election officials.

Election officials expected to count another 15,000 to 20,000 last-minute ballots by Friday, Nov. 7.

The total number of registered voters in Kitsap is 125,228. Ballots cast in 184 precincts totaled 43,105 or 34.4 percent — less than elections officials predicted.

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