PORT ORCHARD — The list of candidates running for political offices in South Kitsap was thinned Tuesday evening when the Kitsap County Elections Division released initial results from the Aug. 3 primary election vote count.
None of the races in the southern part of the county were particularly close battles. In the contest for Port Orchard City Council, current at-large council member Jay Rosapepe was comfortably ahead of his closest challenger, Randy Jones, 58.28% to 34.55%. Eliminated from the general election in November was Alex Ayala, who won 7.18% of the votes for the four-year Position 2 seat. Incumbent Bek Ashby did not file for reelection.
In the City Council contest to replace Rosapepe, Mark Trenary collected 34.53% of the votes, outdistancing Terry Lind and Shaun Williams, both of whom picked up 24.87% of the cast votes.
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue’s Proposition 1 EMS levy easily captured the majority of voters’ approval by a margin of 67.29% to 32.71%.
Seven candidates filed for the South Kitsap School District board of directors District 3 seat. Candidate Brian Pickard easily outdistanced the field by collecting 43.89% of the votes. His nearest challenger was Anna Schroeder, who got 17.14% of the cast votes. Dave Burk placed third in the vote with 13.87%. Christopher J. Lemke, a former director seeking to return to the school board, trailed with 7.86% of the vote.
Jeffrey (Jefe) Wilson easily finished in front of the three-candidate field running for SKSD’s District 4 seat. Wilson had 67.06% of the voters’ ballots, well ahead of Gregg Anderson’s 25.25% vote count.
In the race for South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Commissioner Position 4 seat, Kyle Joyce outpaced his two rivals with 51.79% of the marked ballots. Mike Smith was the runner-up vote gatherer with 38.58%.
James E. Strode was an easy winner for the Manchester Water District Commissioner Position 3 race. Strode took 49.50% of the vote, well ahead of challenger Sabina Fiore at 32.47%.
As mail-in ballots arrive over this week, Kitsap County will update the totals incrementally and release new totals on its website after 5 p.m. each day.
KITSAP COUNTY AUG. 3 PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS — SOUTH KITSAP
(Tuesday evening totals released by Kitsap County Elections Division)
City of Port Orchard Council Position 2
Randy Jones 597 34.55%
Alex Ayala 124 7.18%
Jay Rosapepe 1,007 58.28%
City of Port Orchard Council At-Large
Shaun Williams 422 24.87%
Mark Trenary 586 34.53%
Cody Morgan 267 15.73%
Terry Lind 422 24.87%
South Kitsap School District No. 402 Director District 3
Herbert Willett 586 5.91%
Mike Eslava 388 3.91%
Anna Schroeder 1,699 17.14%
Lance Yohe 736 7.42%
Chris J. Lemke 779 7.86%
Dave Burk 1,375 13.87%
Brian Pickard 4,352 43.89%
South Kitsap School District No. 402 Director District 4
Jeffrey (Jefé) Wilson 6,365 67.06%
Joe Trent 730 7.69%
Gregg Anderson 2,397 25.25%
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Commissioner Position 4
Kyle Joyce 5,073 51.79%
Mike Smith 3,779 38.58%
Tyler J. McKlosky 943 9.63%
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Proposition No. 1
Yes 7,481 67.29%
No 3,637 32.71%
Manchester Water District No. 11 Commissioner Position 3
Sabina Fiore 387 32.47%
James E. Strode 590 49.50%
Paul Drotz 215 18.04%