In the South Ward we endorse Ted Jones as the most qualified and the best fit for Bainbridge City Council. We have compared the candidates on the basis of the values that Quality Bainbridge espouses on its website. We find that Ted Jones is the candidate who expresses those values consistently.
Our values strive for a “vibrant, caring and creative community.” We find that Ted’s humility and expressed wish to “pay back the debt that my family and I owe for the privilege of living on this beautiful island” is a good fit with our view of the type of person we want in our city government.
Ted has been a member of the City’s Utility Advisory Committee and Municipalization Task force. He has been employed for many years as a facilities engineer for the US Navy. We believe that this experience will serve the Council very well in the upcoming term. The Council has several very important capital projects to consider in the next several years: a new public safety building, an ambitious program for improvements to bike lanes (Core 40) and consideration of extension of the Sound to Olympics trail among others. Management of public works capital projects has been a central part of Ted’s employment and volunteer work over the last thirty years. This background will be a crucial and timely addition to the mix of experience on the Council.
Ted is not afraid to speak out on what could be contentious issues. He has said that he wants to go through with 30 percent design of the Highway 305 Bridge so that we will be better able to determine if it will achieve its goals. We think Ted’s approach makes sense.
We value open and connected spaces. Ted has said that “forest land and farmland is not vacant land waiting to be developed” but that we must have a “carefully and skillfully managed growth program.” Ted recognizes that pollution of our streams with fecal coliform and nitrogen are “with few exceptions the result of septic systems.” We feel that Ted’s perspective accurately represents the reality, while we also agree that more investigative work needs to be done.
Ted supports the need for affordable housing and specifically supports the City’s Suzuki development.
Ted has emphasized the need to codify our Comprehensive Plan. His opponent says that he wants to “push back against Washington State’s one-size fits approach . . . to growth.” We think Ted’s approach is more realistic, especially given the fact that we are not likely to be successful in countering state law that governs growth allocations to our island.
For these reasons we support Ted Jones for the South Ward City Council position. His public works and volunteer civic work will be extremely valuable on the new Council. He has earned our hearty endorsement.
And please remember that all voters in the City vote for each ward in the general election.
John Ellis and Juliet LeDorze
For the Steering Committee of Quality Bainbridge
We are writing to announce which candidates we are endorsing in the 2017 citywide elections.
After reviewing their answers to our questions and their public statements, we chose these candidates as best qualified to move our City forward, and who best reflect our vision. Recent disasters have demonstrated that having a responsive, effective and knowledgeable local government is critical. Our City and Fire Department have made disaster preparedness a priority with support from the current council. The forces of staggering growth, rapidly evolving technology, climate change and adequate infrastructure affect our island as well as the Region.
Our view is that a good City Council member demonstrates the following:
For these reasons we endorse Ted Jones for South Ward, Wayne Roth for Central Ward and Joe Deets for North Ward. We believe they have the experience, temperament and passion for understanding our community’s issues and addressing them in a comprehensive and effective way.
Complex problems are not solved by simple solutions.
We will contact you in coming weeks with details on these endorsements and those for School and Parks Boards.
Please remember that all Islanders vote for all positions in the general elections.
Steering Committee of Quality Bainbridge
Questions posed to the 2017 City Council Candidates:
1. What interests inspired you to run for apposition as City Council member?
2. What are your top five priorities that you would work to have the city accomplish during your term in office? For each identified priority that requires the expenditure of money, please state how you would fund it.
3. Describe your relevant previous experiences that prepare you for the Council role.
4. What skills, training, resources and expertise will you bring to the Council?
5. Islanders consistently identify water quality as a top community priority and yet a recent city study shows our streams are significantly polluted. What ideas do you have for improving the health of island waters? What role do you think sewering might play in this effort?
6. How do you think growth (economic and population) on the island can best be managed? How would you address the balance between building housing and preserving our natural resources? How should we address the issue of code enforcement?
7. What are your thoughts about the affordability of housing on Bainbridge Island? What policies, if any, would you like to see our City implement to increase the inventory of affordable housing?
8) Kitsap PUD is soliciting indications of interest in expanding broadband access to neighborhoods on the island. What should be the role of the city in assisting with this expansion?
READ Quality Bainbridge’s 2017 endorsements
Judith McLaughlin (Withdrew)
Mike Spence (Incumbent)
Questions posed to the 2017 School Board Candidates:
1. What should the School Board do in the next four years to respond to budgetary challenges?
2. What are the biggest operational challenges facing the School District in the coming years?
3. What is the proper role of the School Board in relation to the teaching staff and the school administrators? How much managerial authority should the School Board exercise in connection with the day-to-day operations of the schools?
4. What criteria should be used in deciding what new programs should be added or making other curriculum changes? What, if any, curriculum changes should the School Board review?
5. Do you approve of judging and rewarding teachers based on their students’ performance on core curriculum tests? Do you support the current high school graduation testing system? If not, what changes would you recommend?
6. How would you reconcile or balance the needs of aging school buildings with the reality of fluctuating enrollments and revenues?
7. What is your approach to alternative educational pathways in our School District?
Questions posed to the 2017 Park District Board Candidates:
1) What interests inspired you to run for a position as a commissioner of the Parks and Recreation Board?
2) Describe your relevant previous experiences that prepare you for the board role?
3) What skills, training. resources, and expertise will you bring to the Board?
4) What are the most important challenges/projects facing the Park and Recreation District in the next few years?
We sent a list of questions to all the candidates for City Council, School Board, and Parks District Board, and we have posted all the responses returned to us.
You can read the questions we asked and candidates’ answers online.
READ Quality Bainbridge’s 2017 endorsements
Mike Spence (Incumbent)