As Mayor of Bremerton I was elected to make positive changes for Bremerton. One of the issues I heard from the community during the campaign was that citizens were concerned about the increasing costs of housing for all income levels in our community. The laws of supply and demand dictate that when housing demand outpaces supply prices go up and for many, regardless of income, housing becomes less and less affordable. As a local government, Bremerton can affect the supply by supporting initiatives that create more housing. In addition, as local leaders we can make sure that there are programs and funding strategies in place to support our most vulnerable population and ensure that there are measures taken to support the creation and maintenance of low income housing, which is often referred to as “deeply affordable housing.”
I have made it one of my goals this year to address affordable housing and have given direction to my administration to implement policies and funding strategies that lead to the creation of more housing for all income levels in the City. I also will be proposing funding in my 2019 budget for programs that support deeply affordable housing. I believe that the initiatives I have outlined at the webpage linked below will increase economic development and produce a variety of housing types for our community.
Mayor Greg Wheeler began serving his first term as Mayor in January 2018. From 2010 through 2017 he served on the Bremerton City Council in District 4. He served as President of the Council from 2013 to 2015. He is a member of two service clubs and many government and nonprofit boards and in the community and region.
Mayor Wheeler is a lifelong resident of Bremerton, Navy veteran, and retiree from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Engineering Department. He holds an MBA from Brandman University and BA from Chapman University. He and his wife Sunny have three adult children and two dogs.