Each year the Kitsap Sun continues a tradition of inviting community members to join our editorial board and help shape the opinion columns that run on this page. This year we welcome six volunteers to join Editor David Nelson and Opinion Editor Emeritus Jim Campbell. The group represents different areas of the county and different political affiliations, with personal backgrounds in the Navy, business, the law, public education and volunteer different organizations that offer personal connections with many issues facing the community.
This group meets regularly with newsmakers, elected officials, proponents of spending measures or initiatives that go for a public vote and other guests, and we debate issues until a consensus opinion is reached to be shared with readers. All editorial columns are written by the editor after consultation with this group.
Please welcome the 2018 editorial board, and look for their opinions to be published in the coming weeks.
Allen Banks, Seabeck
After nearly three decades in the Navy, including tours on Whidbey Island in the early 1980s and in Bremerton with the USS Nimitz in the late 1990s, the retired captain and his wife settled in Seabeck 11 years ago. Allen is an alum of Leadership Kitsap, a member of the Seabeck Community Club and served on the county’s Stormwater Advisory Board for four years, in addition to other occasional volunteer projects. He is a registered Republican and particularly interested in our state’s tax and fee structure, fishery laws and public education.
Lanell Borrelli, Chico
Lanell’s interest in community issues goes beyond just how they affect our day-to-day lives. She has followed controversial social issues during the past few years, both locally and nationally, with an eye toward trying to understand why people feel so adamant about their positions. She retired from Kitsap Bank two years ago, after 21 years in the commercial lending department, and she and her husband are members at the Central Kitsap Church of Christ and have three adult children and five grandchildren living in Kitsap County. She describes her values and her views as conservative, and she lives in Chico.
Redge Campbell, Bremerton
The regional operations director for Kaiser Permanente and former Harrison Medical Center employee has lived in Bremerton, Poulsbo and Silverdale during his family’s 30 years in Kitsap County. Redge has participated in Leadership Kitsap, and he and his wife raised four children in the Central Kitsap School District. Redge describes himself as liberal, but follows Stephen Covery’s mantra “Seek to understand before being understood” and raised his kids with principles of questioning, respecting alternate positions and challenging their own beliefs. His interests are in health care policy, attracting and retaining young families in our region and the impact of government on business growth, as his wife, Sara, is a small business owner in Silverdale.
Shelley Kneip, South Kitsap
The 20-year resident of rural Kitsap County spent a career in the civil division of the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, where her expertise was in land use and municipal law, having an up close view of the Growth Management Act’s implementation and other local government issues. Her experience in the community includes volunteering with the United Way, Leadership Kitsap, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Kitsap Human Society, and more recently Shelley has been involved with the League of Women Voters. Shelley considers herself politically independent, learned in part from years of taking an unbiased look at issues through a legal lens, and votes for the person in local races, not the party. In addition to interest in the environment and animal welfare, the local issues most concerning to Shelley are access to health care, homelessness, gun violence and how to calm the social tension being created along racial or religious lines.
Paul Nash, Poulsbo
The retired elementary school principal (most recently at PineCrest Elementary) now works as a consultant to school districts and teaches courses related to law, finance, leadership and administration for Western Washington University’s Education Leadership Program. His 40-year career in schools included teaching, counseling and social work as well, and Paul has volunteered on North Kitsap’s finance committee. Paul describes himself politically as a moderate Democrat, prioritizing fiscal responsibility and a strong social safety net, and values the diverse opinions that exist through the county.
Peggy Templeton, Silverdale
Born and raised in Bremerton, Peggy’s ranging career including time as a dietician in a hospital, classroom teacher and eventually office administrator for Olympic Educational District and other local school districts before her retirement last year. The creativity in a changing career path also informs how she approaches issues from outside the box, and years of participating on school advisory boards gave her the ability to listen to the many different viewpoints and perspectives of children, parents and teachers. She gravitates politically to any candidate interested in finding solutions — describing herself as the “futurist” party, looking for policy that will help the community in years to come — and regularly has a ballot featuring candidates from both parties. Other involvement for the mother of two boys includes the Kitsap Medical Society, a Central Kitsap School District advisory board for Career and Technical Education, Silverdale Rotary, teaching a course at Olympic College, local church groups that work with the homeless and elderly neighbors and a love of cooking, travel and Husky football.
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