Welcome to Bainbridge Comment

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Welcome to Bainbridge Comment.

Bainbridge Comment (BC) will focus on land use, traffic concurrency and government issues with detail and analysis unavailable in local media.

  • City Council candidate questionnaires publish beginning Oct. 11. See schedule below.

Why is BC being created?

There are issues that local media simply doesn’t cover well because the reporters tend to be generalists. There are several specialty blogs on the Island that cover specific issues, such as Island Center or the Suzuki property, but these do not cover Island-wide issues. BC will attempt to fill this void.

Publication will be sporadic because this is a “free-time” endeavor.

Bainbridge Comment was founded in 2019 by Scott Hamilton.

Hamilton and his wife moved to the Island in 2016 after 21 years in Sammamish. In Sammamish, Hamilton served on the Planning Advisory Board, which wrote the new city’s first Comprehensive Plan. He also served on the Planning Commission, which created the Town Center Plan and the city’s first Low Impact Development Ordinance.

In 2003, Hamilton founded Sammamish Comment, an independent news source for Sammamish that has served as a watchdog of the city government.

BC launches with detailed candidate questions from those running for BI City Council in the election next month.

Ballots begin arriving in the mail about Oct. 18.

Beginning Oct. 11, BC will publish lengthy candidate questionnaires it presented to the eight candidates. The schedule follows how they will appear on the November ballot:

Candidate Questionnaires

District 1, At Large

Anthony Oddo, Oct. 11

Kirsten Hytopoulos, Oct. 12

District 2, North Ward

Kol Medina*, Oct. 13

Kevin Fetterly, Oct. 14

District 4, Central Ward

Leslie Schneider*, Oct. 15

Grayson William Wildsmith, Oct. 16

District 6, South Ward

Sarah Blossom*, Oct. 17

Michael Pollock, Oct. 18

*Denotes incumbent

These questionnaires are more detailed than those appearing in local press because the local press simply doesn’t have the space.

Some issues aren’t included, like the controversial Suzuki property, because votes already have been taken. But these topics may get focus in future BC posts.

If you enjoy and learn from future posts, then BC accomplished its objective.

Contact Information

Bainbridge Comment may be contacted as bainbridgecomment at gmail.com.

Scott Hamilton may be reached at 206-842-5314.



  1. Thanks for starting this. Being from Sammamish ( I am raised in Bellevue) I am sure you appreciate the challenges with the development on the Island. Will follow.


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