Ashby to seek Port Orchard council reelection

PORT ORCHARD — Bek Ashby is making plans for another four-year stay as a Port Orchard City Council member.

Ashby, a South Kitsap resident and businesswoman, is seeking her second term at City Hall as the Position 2 council member. She said in a news release distributed April 18 that her four years on the council have “provided a clear understanding of what it takes to make appropriate decisions and be responsive to our community’s needs.”

Ashby has taken the lead in delving into transportation issues, including following the complex planning and funding processes accompanying the development of the Tremont and Bethel corridor projects.

“Transportation has been the focus of my attention during my first term as a council member,” Ashby said. “My membership on local and regional transportation policy boards allows me to work for Port Orchard for our local programs as well as regional needs.”

Ashby said the commercial corridors of Bethel, Mile Hill Drive and the Pottery/Sidney roadways, as well as the city’s waterfront, are high-priority issues that “require attention and planning,” she added.

Ashby’s council committee assignments include chairing the Economic Development/Tourism and Finance committees. She also represents Port Orchard on the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC), the KRCC Transportation Policy Board, the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board and the Peninsula Regional Transportation Policy Organization.

Before being elected to the City Council, Ashby served two six-year terms on the Port Orchard Planning Commission and six years on the Police Civil Service Commission. She earlier served as CFO, president and CEO of Silverdale State Bank during a 30-year career in the community banking field.

Ashby also has been a longtime community volunteer, most recently as chair for the South Kitsap Relay for Life event. She’s also a member of the Port Orchard Bay Street Association and has served as treasurer for the organization.