Q&A forums scheduled for candidates for Bremerton mayor, council

Q&A forums scheduled for candidates for Bremerton mayor, council

What are the issues, where do the candidates stand? You can find out at two upcoming forums.

BREMERTON — Patty Lent wants a third term as mayor of Bremerton. Cary Bozeman wants to return to the mayor’s office, where he served from 2002-09. Greg Wheeler hopes to advance from the City Council to the mayoralty.

What are the issues, and where do the candidates stand on those issues? What are their priorities as mayor of Kitsap County’s largest city? You can find out — and ask questions — at the upcoming League for Women Voters candidate forum.

The forum is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 6 in the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 Sixth St., Bremerton. The forum is free and open to the public.

In addition, the League has scheduled a forum for Bremerton City Council candidates for 6-9 p.m. July 11 in the Norm Dicks Government Center. The candidates are Suzanne Griffith, Allen Matthews and Patricia (Pat) Sullivan, Council District 1; and Adam Brockus, Kevin Gorman and Deborah McDaniel, Council District 3.

The primary election is Aug. 1. The two top finishers will advance to the Nov. 7 general election.

The mayor of Bremerton is elected to a four-year term, is full-time and is paid $107,004 a year, according to the 2017 city budget.

According to state law, the mayor:

Is the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads.

Ensures that all contracts and agreements made with the city “are faithfully kept and performed” and may cause any legal proceedings to be instituted in the name of the city, subject to approval by the City Council.

Presides over all meetings of the City Council and votes “only in the case of a tie.”

Reports to the council concerning the affairs of the city and its financial and other needs, and shall make recommendations for council consideration and action.

Prepares and submits to the council a proposed budget.

Has the power to veto ordinances passed by the council, “but such veto may be overridden by the vote of a majority of all council members plus one more vote.”

Is the official and ceremonial head of the city and represents the city on ceremonial occasions.

Bremerton City Council members are elected to four-year terms, and receive $12,000 to $13,800 a year, depending on when they were elected. According to the city website, council members establish goals, priorities, and policies; adopt ordinances and resolutions; approve the annual budget, and monitor expenditures related to city business throughout the year. The council meets at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

(Look for Kitsap News Group’s primary election voters guide in its July 7 print editions and on KitsapDailyNews.com.)

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