The fall ballots will appear soon in your mail. We are writing to encourage you to study the ballot issues and races this fall and vote!
Quality Bainbridge sent a list of questions to all the candidates for City Council, School Board, and Parks District Board, and we have posted all the responses returned to us.
You can read the questions we asked and candidates’ answers online.
CITY COUNCIL (Nonpartisan Office, 4-year term)
Questions Quality Bainbridge posed to the 2017 City Council Candidates:
1. What interests inspired you to run for apposition as City Council member?
2. What are your top five priorities that you would work to have the city accomplish during your term in office? For each identified priority that requires the expenditure of money, please state how you would fund it.
3. Describe your relevant previous experiences that prepare you for the Council role.
4. What skills, training, resources and expertise will you bring to the Council?
5. Islanders consistently identify water quality as a top community priority and yet a recent city study shows our streams are significantly polluted. What ideas do you have for improving the health of island waters? What role do you think sewering might play in this effort?
6. How do you think growth (economic and population) on the island can best be managed? How would you address the balance between building housing and preserving our natural resources? How should we address the issue of code enforcement?
7. What are your thoughts about the affordability of housing on Bainbridge Island? What policies, if any, would you like to see our City implement to increase the inventory of affordable housing?
8) Kitsap PUD is soliciting indications of interest in expanding broadband access to neighborhoods on the island. What should be the role of the city in assisting with this expansion?
2017 City Council Candidates
READ Quality Bainbridge’s 2017 endorsements
Mike Spence (Incumbent)
Questions Quality Bainbridge posed to the 2017 School Board Candidates:
1. What should the School Board do in the next four years to respond to budgetary challenges?
2. What are the biggest operational challenges facing the School District in the coming years?
3. What is the proper role of the School Board in relation to the teaching staff and the school administrators? How much managerial authority should the School Board exercise in connection with the day-to-day operations of the schools?
4. What criteria should be used in deciding what new programs should be added or making other curriculum changes? What, if any, curriculum changes should the School Board review?
5. Do you approve of judging and rewarding teachers based on their students’ performance on core curriculum tests? Do you support the current high school graduation testing system? If not, what changes would you recommend?
6. How would you reconcile or balance the needs of aging school buildings with the reality of fluctuating enrollments and revenues?
7. What is your approach to alternative educational pathways in our School District?
2017 School Board Candidates Answer Our Questions
Judith McLaughlin (withdrew)
Mike Spence (Incumbent)
Questions Quality Bainbridge posed to the 2017 Park District Board Candidates:
1) What interests inspired you to run for a position as a commissioner of the Parks and Recreation Board?
2) Describe your relevant previous experiences that prepare you for the board role?
3) What skills, training. resources, and expertise will you bring to the Board?
4) What are the most important challenges/projects facing the Park and Recreation District in the next few years?