Council Representation

Composition

Bainbridge Island is divided into three wards: north, central, and south. View the Ward Precinct Map illustrating the ward boundaries. Each ward is required to be in proportion to the population and to be as nearly equal in population as possible in accordance with RCW 29.70.100(4). In August 2002, the City Council held a public hearing to discuss revisions of the current ward system. The public hearing revealed the public's support of a three-ward system, and the Council determined a redistricting plan to meet this criteria.

The Council system consists of two representatives from each ward and an "at-large" Council member representing the Island as a whole. Councilmembers in each ward are elected in staggered years for four-year terms to increase the likelihood of contested election. 

City Council positions are divided up as follows:

  • Position number one shall be elected from the city at-large
  • Position numbers two and seven are assigned to the north ward
  • Positions four and five are assigned to the central ward
  • Positions numbers three and six are assigned to the south ward

Elected Council candidates must be registered voters of the city at the time of filing and have been residents of the city for a period of at least one year preceding the election. City Council candidates must reside in their ward at the time of filing. RCW 42.04.020, RCW 35A.12.030. 

In the primary election, voters vote for the position in their ward and for the at-large position. In the  general election, voters vote for all positions.

Eligible Voters by Office

Office/Position

Voters in the Primary

Voters in the 

General Election

At-Large Council Position

Entire City

Entire City

Council District (Ward)

Council District (Ward)

Entire City


For further information, the redistricting plan is explained in Ordinance 2002-25