Tim Matthes will run for Mayor of Port Orchard
I am a Kitsap County native known and respected for my thoughtful and effective role as a fiscal planner and Chairman of the Port Orchard Planning Commission. I plan to bring a unifying and inclusive approach to City Hall. This is a critical time in Port Orchard, which is in desperate need of a Mayor who will protect the interests of the citizens while bringing a breath of fresh air to the process. It is a process that by design should include all of the families and taxpayers of Port Orchard. As a long time activist and Planning Commission member, I've witnessed firsthand how the issues and decisions that should preserve our legacy have been made by a small group uninterested in public input and involvement. It's time for a Mayor in Port Orchard who will put the interests of its citizens first.
I was born and raised in Bremerton. I graduated from West High School and attended Olympic College.
I married my wife, Donna, in 1970 and we decided that Port Orchard was the place we wanted to raise our family. Our children, Reynie, Trask, Treven, and Renada, all attended schools here in Port Orchard.
I retired from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 1993, where I worked in Shop 31, Shop 38, and as a code 133 Ships Mechanical Systems Inspector. I served seven years in the Bremerton Army National Guard. I am a 34-year member of Bethany Lutheran Church and School n Port Orchard and have served as Property Chairman and School Board Member for the Church.
I am currently the chair of the Port Orchard Planning Commission. I am also the chair of the Kitsap County Board of Equalization, which arbitrates assessed valuation disagreements between property owners and the county assessor. I am the immediate past president of Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners, a countywide community-based organization advocating protection of private property rights.
I ran for South Kitsap Commissioner's seat that Jan Angel vacated in 2009. My efforts were rewarded with a majority of the votes in South Kitsap, but failed to maintain his lead when the votes from Bainbridge Island were counted.
I am looking forward to meeting with all the citizens living in Port Orchard, and working with them to accomplish their goals.