2015 Candidate Q&A

The fall ballots have appeared, or will appear soon in your mail.  We are writing to encourage you to study the ballot issues and races this fall and vote!  The candidates for these minimally paid or unpaid positions have already committed considerable time, energy and money.  The fact that many races are uncontested is testimony to the demands these roles make on those who serve in them.
We decided not to make any endorsements this fall. Instead we are focusing on educating ourselves about the candidates and issues and then sharing that with you.In early August we sent a list of questions to all the candidates for Council, Park and Recreation and School Boards. We asked that they return their answers to us by October 1, and we have posted all responses received by that date.

You can read the questions we asked and candidates’ answers online.

Additional resources: Bainbridge Community Broadcasting (BCB) published radio interviews of various candidates and spokespersons for issues and links to those podcasts are below.

The League of Women Voters hosts a candidate forum on October 14 at 6:30 PM at City Hall.  It will also be broadcast. (Click for further information.)

City Council: Pegeen Mulhern and Ron Peltier for At Large member is the only contested race.

Both candidates bring principled voices to the campaign, and they have given time and energy to City issues in recent years. They are valued members of the community. What differentiates them – other than their gender – are their skill sets and styles.

The question is how would each of them work in a governing body?  The Council has to work on issues through ordinances and budget and act on the values they and fellow citizens hold. Council members must be able to work collaboratively to get results, all the while acknowledging differences of opinion.

Listen to the BCB interview with Pegeen and Ron.

Candidates’ websites: Pegeen Mulhern Ron Peltier

BCB interview with Kol Medina (North Ward) and Michael Scott (Central Ward)

Candidate website: Michael Scott 

Proposition 1  Public Safety Facility Bond We recognize the complexity and significance of this bond issue and the questions that have been raised over the multi-year public discussion and decision process about the Police/Court facility project.   This proposition calls for a vote to acquire land and build a combined facility adjacent to the current City Hall, as recommended by the full City Council.

Click here for the BCB interview with City Mayor Anne Blair, Police Chief Matt Hamner, and the Treasurer of Islanders for a Secure Bainbridge, Tom McCloskey.

Website for Proposition 1 supporters

Bainbridge Island School District  Director District 1 Lynn Smith vs. Duncan Macfarlane

Director District 3 Mev Hoberg BCB interview with the 3 candidates for Districts 1 and 3.

Director District 4 Tim Kinkead vs. Renard Burnett.  Neither responded to BCB’s invitation for an interview.

Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District Position 2 John Grinter vs. Ken deWitt The BCB interview podcast is here.


The Quality Bainbridge Steering Committee John Ellis, Maradel Gale, Juliet LeDorze, Barry Peters, Anita Rockefeller, Randal Samstag and Gloria Sayler