Who are these people? It’s Dr Sumner Schoenike and Josh Brown. Maybe you saw their names on the ballot and weren’t familiar with who they were. Maybe *gasp* you didn’t get a ballot because you’re not registered to vote. Right now here’s your chance to learn about two candidates I think are wonderful and register to vote as well. Well, if you haven’t registered to vote yet, of course. Before I go, thank you again to all those great Kitsap voters out there. I’m really wanting to break some records and impress this guy. I feel he needs some impressing this year. Let’s make that happen, mmkay?
So last Tuesday morning I was up before the crack of dawn for Eggs and Issues at the Cloverleaf in East Bremerton. “What’s that?” you ask. It’s this forum hosted by the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce to give you an opportunity to hear from political candidates on their views. This last week was extra fun because it was the 26th Legislative District up on the agenda. We had Sumner Schoenike and Jan Angel. These are your candidates for state representative position one in the 26th legislative district. Continue reading
They already have, but here’s my point. Plenty of opportunity is coming up for you to learn more about candidates and ask questions. Check this out!
The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce and the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce will be Co-Hosting the Kitsap County Commissioner, Position No. 3 Candidate Forum. The Candidate Forum will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at 7:45 a.m. at Port Orchard City Hall in the Council Chambers, 216 Prospect Street. City Hall doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and coffee/tea/water and muffins will be provided. We hope you will be able to join us to meet the candidates: Josh Brown (incumbent); Abby Burlingame; David Corley; and Wally Carlson. The Candidate Forum is open to the public ~ free of charge.
This is just one such example of a chance to hear in person from the people whose names you’re going to see on your ballot come November. I hope that this time around, I have plenty of opportunity to report to you on these forums. I hope that this time around, you have opportunity to see and hear the candidates yourself as well. Admittedly this is early and get this, you can’t eat or drink in the actual Port Orchard City Council chambers. It’s not the buffet table you’re coming for. You’re attending to hear from those who want to represent you.
You know, I have. I met him at this table, long ago and I started talking to him. It was maybe a year after I had come home from Katrina and I was helping out Charlotte Garrido. Here’s your moment of validation because someone had indeed asked me about this word.
Fresh off the plane, not having really much of anything to my name at the moment except my two children, I had been at my parents house for a little over an hour. The phone rang and it was for me. It was Charlotte Garrido and she had tracked me down and wanted to know if there was anything that she could do to help our family. Am I going to pay that forward? Absolutely.
Back to Josh though, because we’re really talking about him. I’m seated at the table and I’m hearing about how he grew up in Kitsap. He too left the area, but he left for education. He came home and like me, saw that the entire landscape had changed. He too, like me, wanted to give back to his very home and fight to make sure that our home was the best ever for generations to come. You think I am making this conversation up and maybe I am. But maybe I’m actually telling you what I got from the conversation we had. Both of us were genuine in that we wanted our home, his being North (at the time, geez, get over yourselves) and mine being South, to grow and flourish.
Yes, I’m glad he was elected Kitsap County Commissioner. What I’ve learned in the last two years of our current county commissioners seated is this. By no stretch of the imagination is it an easy job. In fact, there’s this subject that I am sooo wanting to take up with Jan Angel when I see her. Best believe I brought up Jan Angel here. Now here’s why.
I listened to Josh one night in a room full of pretty irate people. Each person was upset in one way or another that our county was going downhill and some were screaming out Jan Angel’s name. I want to say that even Patty Lent’s name was even thrown into this
almost witch hunt quality of “Let’s Blame Who For What”. Sure as can be, Josh puts a halt to all of this. What’s he say? He tells everyone it’s not about pointing fingers. It’s about coming together to make solutions happen that can best benefit everyone in our county. I think it’s one of the most important things he’s ever said about the state of our county and perhaps one of the most compelling reasons why he has my endorsement for Kitsap County Commissioner district three.
I was telling you about your average commissioner does in their tenure. Oh yea. I loved it when one of my fellow democrats put it under “So you guys just attend a lot of meetings, then.” It’s a correct statement. However, they not only attend these meetings but they also sit on boards for some of those county services essential to us as citizens. All three collectively work hard on bringing things to Kitsap County for our residents, our citizens. I think the biggest challenge in that is that our population is ever changing. Our county is full of military and civilian personnel contracted to the military. I think that the best term I ever heard applied to Josh was “he’s a fiscally conservative commissioner, that’s for sure”. If you ask me, I’d say this is entirely true because although we’ve had to make cuts to things around here, we’ve done just that but also saved some essential services here as well.
Learn more about Josh Brown here and as always, remember to register and vote come August and November.