Bremerton, the largest city in Kitsap County, is located on the
Kitsap Peninsula and is bounded on the southeast and east by
Sinclair Inlet and the strait of Port Orchard respectively.
The city is divided by the Port Washington Narrows, a strait
spanned by two bridges that connects Dyes Inlet, which lies
northwest of the city, to Port Orchard. The part of the city
northeast of the narrows is referred to as East Bremerton.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 32.29 square miles (83.63 km2), of which, 28.41 square miles (73.58 km2) is land and 3.88 square miles (10.05 km2) is water.
Bremerton is divided among three state legislative districts in Kitsap County. The 23rd legislative district to the north, 35th legislative district in the center and 26th legislative district to the south. Also, the line separating the first and sixth Congressional districts runs through East Bremerton. Elected in 1976, sixth district Rep. Norm Dicks regularly defended the area's significant economic ties to the military, sitting on the House Appropriations Committee and the Select Committee on Homeland Security. Dicks retired in 2013, replaced by WA State Senator Derek Kilmer.
The mayor is Greg Wheeler, who defeated incumbent mayor Patty Lent in 2017. Wheeler formerly was a City of Bremerton councilman. Incorporated as a first-class city, Bremerton has been governed by a nonpartisan strong mayor and nine-member city council since 1985. Each member is elected from one of nine wards who in turn elect one member. The current form of government was established by a 1983 charter that eliminated a decades-old city commission composed of a mayor, public works commissioner and finance commissioner. The nine wards were reduced to seven in 2013, with each seat running for a new position.
Each member of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners represents a portion of the city of Bremerton. This arrangement was an attempt to balance Bremerton's commercial influence with the remainder of the county, though most of its sales tax base has since relocated to unincorporated areas.
Bremerton politics can vary in intensity, with some city council positions regularly unopposed and others having as many as 3 candidates in the 2013 primary election. Redevelopment projects have been a major source of debate, including the 2007 construction of a federally funded tunnel that would route ferry traffic under the downtown core as well as a planned waterfront boardwalk extension. As with most cities in the region, Bremerton precincts have historically been more favorable for Democratic candidates in state and federal elections, contrasting with more conservative-leaning voters in rural areas of the county.*
*source Wikipedia (edited for content and updated by Chamber staff)
Bremerton boasts over 25 parks in the city limits.
For a complete list of Bremerton Parks, visit the City of Bremerton Parks Page or download the Bremerton Mobile App for Android or iOS.
On November 5, 2005 the 'People With Dogs Park' was unleashed and officially named Bremerton's Bark Park. Ross Ginther, from PETCO, had the honor of 'unleashing the park' and letting the pooches in. Bremerton Bark Park is located at Pendergast Park (1199 Union Avenue, Bremerton WA 98312).