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Hi all,

The unofficial results are in and are available on the Kitsap County Auditor's website: https://www.kitsap.gov/auditor/Documents/Results.html

No doubt there is joy on Bainbridge Island and in Bremerton for their measures are passing - very handily on Bainbridge Island and solidly in Bremerton. Yes, yes!!

The measure in Central Kitsap is very close with the "yes" votes currently behind by 329 votes. This has the potential to pass as more votes come in especially if there is ballot curing.

Not surprisingly for those of us who have lived through the ups and downs of NKSD, the measure is failing. The "no" campaign leads by 3,240 votes. It is highly unlikely that will change. As stated in Wednesday's Kitsap Sun:

North Kitsap voters made a clear statement Tuesday, rejecting the school district's first bond measure in 23 years in overwhelming fashion as the Kitsap County Auditor's office released its initial special election results.

Out of 12,344 votes counted, only 4,552 (36.9%) supported North Kitsap's 20-year, $242 million bond. There were 7,792 votes (63.1%) against the measure, which requires 60% approval. Although special election results won't be certified until Feb. 23, Tuesday's result left no doubt as to what's next for North Kitsap School District.

"The failure of the capital bond means that we will have to restart the facilities planning process," North Kitsap spokesperson Jenn Markaryan said in a statement. "We will work closely with our community, the facilities committee, and school board to come up with a plan to address our aging facilities."

.Anti-bond sentiment escalated following a Jan. 26 incident in which North Kitsap Superintendent Laurynn Evans was named as the suspect in a theft of campaign signs opposing the bond. Henden and fellow bond opponent Kim Gerlach initially filed the report with the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Chad Enright told the Kitsap Sun last week that his office is still reviewing the case.

There will be an update on Wednesday, February 14 at 5 pm. Hold good thoughts for CKSD,!

Val

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Hi all,

Our LD is now forming an Advocacy Committee to track bills in our legislature and provide the pertinent information to our LD members so they can advocate for/against the various legislation. A recent email listing what is currently happening in Olympia can give you an idea of what type of information can be made available and can allow our LD to decide what bills or areas we want to keep an eye on. Anyone interested in working on advocacy should contact Laurie Kadet (lkadet@icloud.com), Cam Keeble (ctkeeble@gmail.com) or Carollynn Zimmers (drcarollynn@comcast.net) to get involved.

This is your opportunity to be heard!!

Val



Information for Becoming a Delegate

The link to apply for state or national delegate is wademsdelegates.org. The virtual portal is not yet open, but you can pre-register now, and will be notified when the portal is open.

You must register by March 31st. 


SPECIAL THANKS AND SUMMARY, Marginalized Communities Forum

Last week, the 23rd LD Democrats hosted a panel discussion to learn about our local marginalized communities.  We are appreciative that State Sen. Christine Rolfes and State Rep. Drew Hansen joined us for the event.

Everyone learned something new as a great deal of information was presented by our panelists: Robert Harris, Pres., NAACP-

Bremerton Chapter; Marsha Cutting, an advocate for disability awareness (be aware of your language and accessibility to all necessary areas of your space, as well as accommodations for those hard of hearing and/or with poor eyesight); and Jerry Hebert, a member of the LGBTQ community (accept and respect people for who they are, not how you think they should be). The parentheses are mine, sharing just a little bit of what I learned last Thursday.  We are appreciative of the panelists' time, graciousness, and knowledge!

Events like this do not just happen.  They are the result of several people working together.  The idea came out of our retreat in February.  Shannon Turner did an amazing job of coordinating, finding the speakers, teaching me the ropes, and moderating the discussion.  Our fearless leader Val Torrens, committee members Michell Turley, Ginger Sommerhauser, Laurie Kadet, Ginny Bell, and Doug MacKenzie, Colleen Hogan-Taylor as well as Kathy Canderle all helped to create a successful event.  If I've left someone off the list please forgive me.  We are also grateful to Jerry Hebert for stepping in to do the challenging computer duties for the night.  Of course, credit goes to Danielle Turner and Lee Leader for support and assistance, including the food.

At the end of the evening those present, both in-person and on Zoom, voted to make a panel discussion with local minority representatives an annual event.  We need to stay in touch with what the needs of our communities are so that we can address them and assist the communities achieve their goals.

Finally, a big thanks to all those who attended the event.  You made the work worth doing!


Judi Leader

Event Chair



Mid-Terms Matter! Dinner & Auction at Kiana Lodge was a great success.

We earned $21,000  +  for Midterm Candidates and Campaigns! 

( If you have photos from the event and want them added to the album, send them to communicationchair@kitsap23rd.com for inclusion)




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