The results are still unofficial but in the Bainbridge City Council races, Roger Townsend, Wayne Roth, and Val Tollefson are continuing to stretch their large leads. Dee McComb has conceded to Townsend who has 68.4 percent of the vote. Wayne Roth has a 24 percent lead over opponent Arlene Buetow. And Vall Tollefson has a nearly 50 percent lead over Dick Haugan.
Commonsense Bainbridge, the Political Action Committee supporting Buetow, Haugan, and McComb, has so far reported raising $28,825 and spending $12,357 on the election. Rival PAC Quality Bainbridge, which backed Roth, Townsend, and Tollefson reports having raised $3,444 and spent $2,829.
As so far reported to the Public Disclosure Commission, Tollefson was the biggest spender, dropping a good $17,452 on the campaign, and all without buying any yard signs. His opponent Haugan raised more than any other candidate: $28,600, compared to Tollefson’s $25,978. Of all the candidates, as so far reported, Roth spent the greatest percentage of money raised, 92 percent. Haugan was the most fiscally conservative, spending only 43 percent of his pot.
Townsend, Buetow, and Roth all raised about the same amount: $11,258, $11,089, and $12,085, respectively. McComb raised and spent the least: $3,233 and $2,552.
The candidates’ money was spent to influence what turned out to be just a fraction of Bainbridge Islanders. In the North Ward race, 6,454 votes so far counted are determining the election outcome. In the Central Ward, it’s 6,269. And the South Ward race is being determined by just 6,256 voters. Bainbridge has 17,869 registered voters, meaning that only 34 percent of the registered populace is having a say about our future government. That percentage is two points higher than the average in the rest of the County.
- Q&A with Council Candidates Part 1: Why Run?
- Q&A with Council Candidates Part 2: Codes and Divestiture
- Q&A with Council Candidates Part 3: The SMP and Transportation
- Q&A with Council Candidates Part 4: Emergency Management and City Manager Government
- Q&A with Council Candidates Part 5: The Governance Manual
- Q&A with Council Candidates Part 6: Priorities and Vision