Meanwhile, in Bremerton ...

The mayoral race just went from shocking to stupefying.

Seattle's not the only Puget Sound city without an incumbent mayor on the November ballot. Over in Kitsap County, Bremerton is entrenched in a mayoral race that's had just as many plot twists as ours.In the beginning it was pretty cut-and-dried: Mayor Cary Bozeman, the former mayor of Bellevue, was challenged by a single candidate, City Councilman Mike Shepherd. Shepherd blanketed the city with yard signs months before Bozeman lifted a finger. It looked like it might be a close race between the (nearly) two-term mayor and his challenger. Then it all changed: On May 12, Bozeman suddenly announced that not only was he dropping out of the race, but resigning his post to take the CEO gig at the Port of Bremerton (yes, Bremerton even has an airport!). At that point, the floodgates opened; when the water subsided, five candidates were vying for the city's top job.In the primary, Shepherd, the only male to challenge Bozeman, missed taking one of the top two slots by about 100 votes. The leading vote-getter was City Councilman Will Maupin. Name sound familiar? He's the father of Denise Maupin (now Denise Burnside), of Heavy Hearts/KEXP fame and onetime SW cover girl. Maupin faces former Kitsap County Commissioner Patty Lent, a Harley-riding great-grandmother, in the general election next month.But that's not all: Shepherd and his supporters recently endorsed local nonprofit exec Deborah Jackson as a write-in candidate. And last week, the Bremerton Patriot reported that Jackson is wanted in Oklahoma for second-degree forgery.While this race was playing out, two men recently got into a fight outside a Bremerton 7-Eleven. Instead of reaching for a gun, one of the men reached for his member. True story.

 
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