Wennstrom leads race for Position 5 on the Port Townsend City Council  | 2021 General Election

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Posted 11/2/21

 

 

Libby Wennstrom will represent Position 5 on the Port Townsend City Council, according to unofficial vote returns in the 2021 General Election.

In the first tally of votes …

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Wennstrom leads race for Position 5 on the Port Townsend City Council  | 2021 General Election

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Libby Wennstrom will represent Position 5 on the Port Townsend City Council, according to unofficial vote returns in the 2021 General Election.

In the first tally of votes Tuesday night, Wennstrom enjoyed an early lead against Tyler Vega.

Wennstrom had 73 percent of the first tally, while Vega had 26 percent.

Wennstrom picked up 1,971 votes, and Vega, 724, in the initial count.

So far, a total of 2,696 ballots have been counted in the race.

Wennstrom, 58, currently works as a senior technical writer and project manager for Albatross Writers. She previously has served as a volunteer coordinator for the Wooden Boat Festival, director for the local farmer’s market, and reporter for the Port Townsend Leader, among other leadership positions.

Wennstrom has lived in Port Townsend for the past 23 years. She is a former single mother, and juggled part-time jobs while raising a child. Wennstrom is a talented seamstress and enjoys spending time with her dog.

During the campaign, she said her biggest priorities for the city are encouraging renting out accessory dwelling units, encouraging increased density of new construction developments, and making subsidized and market-rate housing easier to develop.

Housing is Wennstrom’s biggest priority as future council member.

It was not the first shot at public officer for Vega, who originally entering politics from an activist angle and considers Senator Bernie Sanders as one of his biggest political influences. In 2018, Vega ran for the U.S. House of Representatives under the Green Party of Washington, losing to current Representative Derek Kilmer.

During the race, Vega, 44, listed affordable housing, sustainability and permaculture, and resilience and disaster preparedness as his biggest immediate priorities. In the long term, he vowed to focus on energy independence and eco-friendly solutions to prevent global warming.

Vega was born in Seattle and moved to Port Townsend six years ago. He currently works in the information technology industry as a field technician for Dailey Computer Consulting. He previously has worked as healthcare worker and mariner.

 

In the first tally of votes Tuesday night, Wennstrom enjoyed an early lead against Tyler Vega.

Wennstrom had 73 percent of the first tally, while Vega had 26 percent.

Wennstrom picked up 1,971 votes, and Vega, 724, in the initial count.

So far, a total of 2,696 ballots have been counted in the race.

Wennstrom, 58, currently works as a senior technical writer and project manager for Albatross Writers. She previously has served as a volunteer coordinator for the Wooden Boat Festival, director for the local farmer’s market, and reporter for the Port Townsend Leader, among other leadership positions.

Wennstrom has lived in Port Townsend for the past 23 years. She is a former single mother, and juggled part-time jobs while raising a child. Wennstrom is a talented seamstress and enjoys spending time with her dog.

During the campaign, she said her biggest priorities for the city are encouraging renting out accessory dwelling units, encouraging increased density of new construction developments, and making subsidized and market-rate housing easier to develop.

Housing is Wennstrom’s biggest priority as future council member.

It was not the first shot at public officer for Vega, who originally entering politics from an activist angle and considers Senator Bernie Sanders as one of his biggest political influences. In 2018, Vega ran for the U.S. House of Representatives under the Green Party of Washington, losing to current Representative Derek Kilmer.

During the race, Vega, 44, listed affordable housing, sustainability and permaculture, and resilience and disaster preparedness as his biggest immediate priorities. In the long term, he vowed to focus on energy independence and eco-friendly solutions to prevent global warming.

Vega was born in Seattle and moved to Port Townsend six years ago. He currently works in the information technology industry as a field technician for Dailey Computer Consulting. He previously has worked as healthcare worker and mariner.

 

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