Moon drops out of consideration for Poulsbo City Council appointment

Tells mayor, council he has been diagnosed with cancer

POULSBO — Former mayoral candidate Ricky Moon dropped out of consideration for appointment to the Poulsbo City Council today, telling the mayor and council he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Moon immediately left City Hall, where the council is interviewing applicants, and was not available for further comment.

Moon was one of nine candidates for appointment to council Position 7, which became vacant after the winner of the Nov. 7 election, John Bukowsky, said he could not take office because of demands at his day job. The appointee will serve until the results of the November 2019 general election are certified. Compensation for the position is an annual salary of $9,000.

The remaining candidates for appointment are Daniel Batman, William Broughton, Richard Cholometes, Abby Garland, Molly Merrick, Danielle Murphy, Kathryn Quade, and Paul Tweiten.

In his application for appointment, Batman cited volunteer work with Kitsap County Citizens on Patrol. He is also president of the Forest Rock Hills Homeowners Association.

Broughton listed involvement with the Rotary Club, United Way, Kitsap Mental Health, Poulsbo Yacht Club, Kitsap Building Association, and the Great Peninsula Conservancy.

Cholometes cited involvement with his local homeowners association.

Garland ran as a write-in candidate for the position in November, and is head of fundraising for the annual Vinland Lutheran Church preschool fundraiser.

Merrick cited involvement with various charitable organizations in Seattle.

Murphy listed experience as treasurer of an NAACP chapter, member of the board of North Kitsap Fishline, and vice chair of Housing Kitsap.

Quade served as mayor from 2007-10.

Tweiten is president of a forest products company, a frequent writer of letters to the editor, and author of a book about his experience leading a timber harvest in a remote area of Russia.

The City Council adopts and amends city laws; approves the budget; establishes city policies and standards; approves contracts and agreements; and represents the city. The council meets at 7 p.m. the first three Wednesdays of each month in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.