Nine candidates for Poulsbo City Council vacancy

Candidates will be interviewed on Jan. 27. The appointee will serve until the results of the November 2019 general election are certified

POULSBO — Nine residents, including a former mayor, submitted applications for appointment to Poulsbo City Council Position 7.

The deadline was Jan. 16. The candidates are Daniel Batman, William Broughton, Richard Cholometes, Abby Garland, Molly Merrick, Ricky Moon, Danielle Murphy, Kathryn Quade, and Paul Tweiten.

Quade served as mayor from 2007-10. Moon ran for mayor in 2017.

The position was declared vacant when the winner of the Nov. 7 election, John Bukowsky, said he would not take office because of demands at his day job.

Other applicants cited varied experience:

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.

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 will interview candidates on Jan. 27. The appointee will serve until the results of the November 2019 general election are certified. Compensation for this position is an annual salary of $9,000.

All applicants were required to be registered voters as well as city residents for one year immediately preceding the time of application.

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.

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