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  • Joe Deets
  • Incumbent Joe Deets is running for re-election to the Bainbridge Island City Council in North Ward, District 7. Deets has served in this position since 2018, including a stint as deputy mayor. He serves as the board chair for the City of Bainbridge’s Ethics Committee and he is a Bainbridge Island Emergency Medical Responder. Outside of these roles, Deets works in solar power and is a member of the Solar Washington board.

    In his role on the council, Deets has worked hard in the areas of environmental protection and social justice. He leads the Climate Action Plan, which works to mitigate the effects of climate change in Bainbridge through policy and by engaging residents to create a more sustainable community. Deets also serves as the liaison for the Racial Equity Advisory Committee, a group to identify and dismantle systemic racism in the municipal government and community, at large. If re-elected, Deets wants to focus on racial justice and social equity, environmental stewardship, and post-pandemic economic recovery, especially for frontline workers and small businesses.

    Also in this race is former council member Ron Peltier. Peltier joined the council in 2016, representing District 1 in the At-Large position. He chose not to seek re-election when his seat expired in 2019 after facing a string of ethics complaints from both constituents and fellow council members about bullying behavior and conflicts of interest. Peltier was formally admonished by the council in 2019 and has no place in public service again.

    Opera singer and performing artist Lisa Mandelkorn is another challenger to represent District 7. Mandelkorn is running to keep Bainbridge from becoming overdeveloped and wants to bring about greater governmental transparency and investment in the arts. She has not had significant community leadership experience and this would be her first elected position.

    Dennis Miller, a general contractor and Bainbridge resident is running for this position as well. Miller has never held public office and his only community leadership involvement is coaching youth sports. Despite having a relatively progressive platform that includes housing for all, environmental stewardship, and sustainable development, Miller does not have a well-developed campaign and lacks the experience needed for this role.

    In this crowded race, we recommend Joe Deets because of his solid record and progressive values.

    Joe Deets

    Incumbent Joe Deets is running for re-election to the Bainbridge Island City Council in North Ward, District 7. Deets has served in this position since 2018, including a stint as deputy mayor.

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Bainbridge Island City Council

Bainbridge Island City Council, District #7, North Ward

  • Incumbent Joe Deets is running for re-election to the Bainbridge Island City Council in North Ward, District 7. Deets has served in this position since 2018, including a stint as deputy mayor. He serves as the board chair for the City of Bainbridge’s Ethics Committee and he is a Bainbridge Island Emergency Medical Responder. Outside of these roles, Deets works in solar power and is a member of the Solar Washington board.

    In his role on the council, Deets has worked hard in the areas of environmental protection and social justice. He leads the Climate Action Plan, which works to mitigate the effects of climate change in Bainbridge through policy and by engaging residents to create a more sustainable community. Deets also serves as the liaison for the Racial Equity Advisory Committee, a group to identify and dismantle systemic racism in the municipal government and community, at large. If re-elected, Deets wants to focus on racial justice and social equity, environmental stewardship, and post-pandemic economic recovery, especially for frontline workers and small businesses.

    Also in this race is former council member Ron Peltier. Peltier joined the council in 2016, representing District 1 in the At-Large position. He chose not to seek re-election when his seat expired in 2019 after facing a string of ethics complaints from both constituents and fellow council members about bullying behavior and conflicts of interest. Peltier was formally admonished by the council in 2019 and has no place in public service again.

    Opera singer and performing artist Lisa Mandelkorn is another challenger to represent District 7. Mandelkorn is running to keep Bainbridge from becoming overdeveloped and wants to bring about greater governmental transparency and investment in the arts. She has not had significant community leadership experience and this would be her first elected position.

    Dennis Miller, a general contractor and Bainbridge resident is running for this position as well. Miller has never held public office and his only community leadership involvement is coaching youth sports. Despite having a relatively progressive platform that includes housing for all, environmental stewardship, and sustainable development, Miller does not have a well-developed campaign and lacks the experience needed for this role.

    In this crowded race, we recommend Joe Deets because of his solid record and progressive values.

    Joe Deets

    Incumbent Joe Deets is running for re-election to the Bainbridge Island City Council in North Ward, District 7. Deets has served in this position since 2018, including a stint as deputy mayor.