April 18, 2017–Lifelong  South Kitsap resident and businesswoman Bek Ashby announced today that she will seek reelection for Port Orchard City Council Position 2.  “The past four years on the council have provided a clear understanding of what it takes to make appropriate decisions and be responsive to our community’s needs.  The importance of being open to all information and being collaborative cannot be overstated.  I offer office hours by appointment and am always available to the citizens of Port Orchard.  The city’s business is to serve our citizens.” Ashby stated.   “Success depends on a holistic view of our city.  The commercial corridors of Bethel, Mile Hill and Pottery/Sidney, as well as the historic waterfront, require attention and planning, ” Ashby continued. “The planning of these  local centers will create a framework for infrastructure, transportation and density. Planning is necessary  to make sure growth has a positive impact on our community.  We need to actively prepare for growth.”

“Transportation has been the focus of my attention during my first term as a council member.  Transportation planning and funding are complicated issues.”  Ashby said. ” My membership on local and regional transportation policy boards allows me to work for Port Orchard for our local programs as well as regional needs.”

“It is the city council’s responsibility to ensure that Port Orchard is a great place to live and raise a family and where business has every opportunity to be successful. ” Ashby concluded.

Ashby’s council committee assignments include chair of the Economic Development/Tourism and Finance.   Ashby represents Port Orchard on the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC), the KRCC Transportation Policy Board, the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board and the Peninsula Regional Transportation Policy Organization.

Prior to being elected to the city council, Ashby served on the Port Orchard Planning Commission for two six-year terms and six years on the Police Civil Service Commission.

Ashby retired from a 30 year career in community banking.  She was CFO, then President and CEO of Silverdale State Bank.  Ashby’s long history of volunteering in the community includes Chairperson for  the South Kitsap Relay for Life.  She also held terms as President of both South Kitsap Western Little League and the South Kitsap Pony Colt baseball organizations.   A longtime member of the Port Orchard Bay Street Association, Ashby served as Treasurer for the organization and has been actively involved in the Taste of Port Orchard.