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Financial Disclosure

Please review the breakdown below as evidence that this candidate made no effort to “buy” the office of City Council person At-Large.  I especially wish to thank all who contributed financially and with their time, energy and encouragement, and especially wish to recognize the priceless contribution of Lary Coppola and his “source of ours” who took such extraordinary pains to dig up negative intelligence on me and could only come up with “issues” regarding my “residence”…?  This ended up in the “plus” column.

Thanks again, Lary!

Cash Donations                                    $  50

$300

$250

$  80

Total                                                        $680

In-kind Donations                                  $150

Total                                                         $826

Personal contributions   Filing fee     $  92

Business cards  $  33

Screws f/signs    $   1

Grand Total                                            $956

Expenditures

 In kind                                                  $150

Filing fee                                              $  92

Business cards  $  33

Screws f/signs  $   1

Signs and banners                                $550

Grand Total                                            $826

Surplus                                                   $130

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More gratitude

Just want to thank Chris Henry for her accurate reporting on my positions as stated at the League of Women Voters City Council Candidate’s forum on Oct. 3.

Dannie Oliveaux’s reporting of my comments at the Chamber of Commerce forum Oct. 10 was also much appreciated, except that I certainly would not have meant to say anything disparaging about the condition of roadways in the Port Orchard area for bicycling.   Port Orchard pavement is actually remarkably well-maintained and I have no misgivings about riding my bike anywhere in town.   Even the frighteningly narrow spot along Bay Street just above the new entrance to the pedestrian parkway where for many years riders were forced to the left and into the traffic lane has been corrected.  Many thanks and compliments to Port Orchard road crews for your highly professional work!

Thank you again!

Eric

Gratitude

The only other time I have ever tried to run for an elective office was as Student Body President at my high school in 1971.  Since I was a newcomer to Sammamish, only about 72 people voted for me out of the class of 400+.  But it was a worthy experience and showed I had many more friends than I thought.

Thanks very much to all 434 of the Port Orchard electorate who have taken the time to cast your votes for me.  Instead of likening this campaign to a conflict in which one establishes a beach head, this is more like the climb of a major mountain in which the first major effort is to establish a base camp from which to launch a final assault on the summit.

Like me, you see the need for a new approach to making Port Orchard a source of pride and respect in Western Puget Sound.

I cannot tell you how deeply I appreciate your confidence and trust in me to make a real difference on your behalf.

Thank you again!

Eric

Gonnason for Port Orchard

Port Orchard is being called a “diamond in the rough,” a “quaint seaside village,” “full of potential.” Yet why does the central business district, the “old town,” look so much like a ghost town, like a “red-light district,” “skid road” or “Tenderloin?” Why are so many buildings standing empty, boarded up, surrounded by chain link? Why are all of the other waterfront towns in West Puget Sound thriving, inviting destinations-of-choice, and Port Orchard is just an on-the-way to somewhere else?

None of the excuses offered by town leaders adequately answer any of these questions.

No one even hints at taking responsibility.

Port Orchard is ready for fresh, new, dynamic leadership.

Port Orchard is ready to have her day in the sun.

My objective is to bring back the “sense of place” a town needs for people to feel they belong.

Where people and families feel safe and look forward to coming here.

Where businesses feel they are welcome and can prosper.

And there is certainly no need to fix or change the form of city government when there nothing “broken” about it.

My key objectives for our town are:

1. Make the downtown , waterfront corridor more customer-friendly by raising parking time limit from 2 to 4 hours. This will give people ample time to comfortably enjoy all that downtown has to offer.

2. Make downtown more business-friendly by reducing taxation and easing the permitting process.

3. Make downtown more family-friendly by reducing the “sleaze factor” and welcoming residents from annexed areas further inland.

Port Orchard has initiatives already in motion to breathe new life into her downtown, waterfront corridor and, with your help, we can see them through to a successful new beginning.