The Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) elected three new directors along with three incumbents at its meeting Nov. 11.
The KPC was established in 2004. As described on its website, the primary roles of the council are to:
Facilitate interactions between agencies, residents, businesses and nonprofit groups in an effort to develop solutions to resident concerns.
Act as a resource for Key Peninsula residents, businesses and non-profit organizations
Serve as a liaison to county, state, and federal government.
Assist in fund raising and volunteer recruitment efforts on behalf of other community agencies and groups.
KPC by-law amendments produced a new election process for 2015.
Board director terms remain at two years. Candidate applications are accepted any time during the year. At the annual meeting in November, current board members vote to elect new members.
Prior to this year, ballots were distributed through the KP News and residents of the Key Peninsula could vote via mail or at avoting booth in the Key Center Food Market. Poor voter turnout and the expense of running the election, both in dollars and volunteer time,prompted the change in bylaws.
Directors are elected by geographic location, as determined by census tracts. Geographically the areas are named from north to south, with Area 1 northernmost.
The newly elected directors are:
Area 1: Neil Sampson and Leona Lisa (both new to the council)
Area 2: Jeremiah Saucier (new) and Danna Webster (incumbent)
Area 3: Chuck West (incumbent)
Area 4: Rian Ticino (incumbent)
Cindy Worden was appointed to serve at large for a one-year term due to the resignation of Carol Opalinski.
Newly elected directors join the seven who were elected last year: Ruth Bramhall and Phyllis Henry from Area 1, Danna Burnett and Irene Torres from Area 2, Tim Kezele and Don Swensen from Area 3, and Marcia Harris from Area 4.