David Warren Peterson, born February 24, 1943, in the small town of Alta, Iowa,
was the second of four children.
He moved with his family to
County in 1958.
A 1961 honor graduate of South Kitsap
High School in Port Orchard, Dave
worked his way through college as a farm worker, cannery worker,
truck driver, cabinetmaker’s helper, and a storekeeper at Boeing in Seattle.
He received a BA in political science from the
University of Washington
in 1965. After
graduation he moved to Garden Grove, California
to teach seventh grade English and social studies—and to race
motorcycles at Ascot Speedway in
Dave spent 4 years in California as
a public school teacher and part-time motorcycle mechanic during
which time he earned a Masters Degree from
Dave returned to Kitsap
County in 1969 to teach high school in
the Central Kitsap School District
where he has lived ever since.
While in the CK School District for 29 years, Peterson earned
certification as a librarian and school administrator.
He taught government, U.S. History, and anthropology at CK
High School. He was also
a librarian at CK High School and served as President of the Central
Kitsap Education Association and was on both the state and national
education associations’ boards of directors.
For his last 24 years in the CK School District, Dave
performed supervisory and administrative duties as Coordinator of
Instructional Materials (supervisor of centralized library
processing and coordination of the district library program) and
Director of the Department of Information Services (district
administrator for technology, student information services, and
library services). Dave
retired from the CK School District in June 1998 after 33 years of
public education service.
After 18 months of retirement, Dave went to work in February
2000 as an Elections Deputy in the Elections Department for the
Kitsap County Auditor. On October 1, 2001, the Board of
County Commissioners appointed Dave Peterson Kitsap County
Peterson is a past president and 1977 charter member of the
Kiwanis Club of Central Kitsap.
He served a one-year term as a citizen member of the Kitsap
County Budget Advisory Committee.
Dave is a former long-time member of United Way of Kitsap
County, Kitsap Regional Library Foundation, Dispute Resolution
Center (DRC) of Kitsap County, Kitsap Legal Services (KLS), Lone
Rock Community Club, Central Kitsap Citizens for Quality Education,
member of numerous Central Kitsap School District technology,
budget, levy, and bond committees, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce,
and nine-year member of the Central Kitsap Community Council—the
first two years as its initial President where his leadership and
organizational skills were instrumental in helping establish the
Council. Dave serves as
a Precinct Committee Officer for the Kitsap County Democratic Party.
He presently is a member of the Kitsap League of Women Voters
and serves on the board of the Special Assault Investigations and
Victim’s Services (S.A.I.V.S.).
reader, sports fan, movie buff, coin collector, gardener, too
infrequent trout fisherman, street rod enthusiast (a 1933 Ford
Victoria), antique Winchester collector, and community and political
activist, Dave presently lives in downtown Bremerton with his wife
Carolyn, a retired second grade teacher.