The retirement of longtime State Representative Sherry Appleton has created a wide-open field for her Position One seat and is attracting some very, very interesting candidates to represent Bainbridge Island and Northern Kitsap County in Olympia. Drew Hansen in Position Two ran unopposed last time and probably will run unopposed again. Senator Christine Rolphes has eyed some other state offices but with Governor Jay Inslee running again will likely hold her Senate seat and is likely to have little challenge. That leaves Position One and Rep. Appleton has already started throwing her considerable influence behind one of the most interesting candidates for for State Legislature in Washington and perhaps nationally. Her name is Tarra Simmons.
Tarra Simmons is the Director of the Civil Survival Project and is on numerous advisory boards such as the Public Defense Advisory Board. You can find our interview with here here after December 5th.
But not to say she will run unopposed, even with these considerable early advantages, she will have some stiff competition from Bremerton Councilmember Leslie Daugs who is currently serving her third term in Bremerton and is Vice-Chair of the City Council. Wake Up Bainbridge! will be scheduling an interview shortly.
And just to make the race even more interesting, a newcomer has filed with the PDC (Public Disclosure Commission) for the 23rd position. His name is Mike Garigen and he is a computer support specialist and he may have an interest in that venerable Poulsbo restaurant and music venue The Slippery Pig Brewery. We need to find out about that. We have reached out to him.