PORT ORCHARD — Four candidates — all first-timers campaigning for public office — are vying for the attention of voters this primary election as they seek the Port Orchard City Council’s vacant at-large position.
The two-year seat is being vacated by Jay Rosapepe, who is seeking a four-year term on the City Council as the Position 2 council member.Terry Lind, a retail inventory and database expert who also has hosted and produced a weekly one-hour local-issues radio program, said in her voters’ guide statement that she was impressed that Port Orchard “has so much potential.” She questioned why plans for a revitalized Bay Street haven’t yet materialized.
(At press time, it was learned that Lind has withdrawn her name from the race.)Entrepreneur and CEO of Peninsula BevCo Cody Morgan is running for the at-large position “to make an impact, whether elected or not, on our community’s future,” he wrote in the voters’ guide.
“My focuses will be on small business & entrepreneur development, mindful building development, recreation, tourism & public transparency.” The South Kitsap High graduate and area native said he pledges to be a “hometown voice” to represent Port Orchard and its citizens.Businessman Mark Trenary is perhaps the best known of the four running for the seat. Trenary has been a resident of South Kitsap for 40 years, the last 34 as a citizen of Port Orchard. He is the former president and current member of the Rotary Club of South Kitsap.
“I have been in the business of solving problems for almost 40 years,” he wrote in the voter’s guide. “To be successful, you must ask questions, listen intently and probe for more information. When this is done, the solution that best fits everyone will surface.”Shaun Williams, who attended last week’s voter forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, is a U.S. Navy veteran and machinist mate, mechanic and electrician.
In the guide, he wrote: “We need to revitalize the downtown area and work with the Port of Bremerton and Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce to make Port Orchard a destination on the Sound. We need to cut out the graft and pork from the city budget. We need to get the government out of the way of small businesses.”