Elections

Republicans debate budget, books at library forum

At a debate last Friday at the Homer Public Library, Republican Party candidates for House District 31 representative took some easy questions like “What is your favorite book?” or “What foreign languages do you know?”, but the discussion centered on issues key to Alaska’s future. What is the biggest budget issue? How would you cut the budget? Do you support new taxes?

Sponsored by the Friends of the Homer Public Library, moderator Andrew Haas asked questions thought up in advance as well as new questions from the audience. About 75 people attended the debate.

John Cox

Interview with John Cox

John Cox, one of the three candidates for the State House District 31 seat, is a business owner in Anchor Point, where he has lived for the past 10 years.

Cox moved to Alaska originally with his family when his father, who was in the Army, was stationed in the state. When Cox turned 18, he declared Alaska residency before joining the Navy. He served for 30 years, and then moved to Anchor Point to settle down as a businessman.

Beth Wythe

Beth Wythe

In running for House District 31 Representative, Homer Mayor Beth Wythe follows a time-tested approach: earn experience and name recognition in local politics and take the jump to the state level. Hers is a voice heard twice a month for the past 12 years on KBBI AM 890’s broadcasts of Homer City Council meetings. She served eight years on the council and will have served two terms as mayor as of this October.

Paul Seaton

Editor's note: The date of when Paul Seaton was first elected to the House of Representatives has been corrected. He was elected in 2002 and started in the Legislature in 2003.

Seaton targeted by other republicans

Editor’s Note: As part of Homer News coverage leading up to the Aug. 16 primary, in this week’s edition we introduce the candidates running for the District 31 House seat and give their responses to a set of questions. The candidates were individually interviewed and asked the same questions, with responses edited for length. Next week, the candidates will have the opportunity to write on the issues of their choice. For additional questions and longer answers from the candidates, please go to HomerNews.Com.

Candidates to appear in debate, public forum

Candidates Paul Seaton, Mary “Beth” Wythe and John Cox will take part in debates hosted by the Homer Public library and the Homer Chamber of Commerce over the next week.

Both forums are open to the public.

The chamber debate will address topics important to the local business community, including taxes, schools, renewable energy, health care, state budget and local jobs.

Andy Haas will moderate the forum hosted by the Friends of the Homer Library at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Homer Public Library.

Two file for city seats

As of noon Wednesday, two candidates have filed for city office. Homer City Council member Bryan Zak has filed for mayor and Homer Advisory Planning Commissioner Tom Stroozas has filed for city council. Zak and council member Gus VanDyke’s seats are up for election. Both are 3-year terms. Homer Mayor Beth Wythe’s seat also is up for election. It has a 2-year term. Wythe announced last year that she is not running for re-election and instead is challenging Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, for Republican Party nomination for the House District 31 seat.

Republican Party ballot

Only members of the Republican Party or nonpartisan or undeclared voters may vote this ballot. All names are listed in the order and as they appear on the ballot. All candidates are Republican Party members.

 

U.S. Senate

Lochner, Bob

Murkowski, Lisa

Kendall, Paul

Lamb, Thomas

 

U.S. Representative

Wright, Stephen T.

Young, Don

Heikes, Gerald L.

Tingley, Jesse J. “Messy”

 

State Senator, District P

Stevens, Gary

Sanders wins support of Dems across Alaska

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stood out at the Alaska Democratic caucuses on Saturday as the clear winner. Sanders received 81.6 percent of the delegates and 79.6 percent of the votes, according to results released by the Alaska Democratic Party. 

The 10,617 Alaskans who attended caucuses across the state equaled 119 percent of the 2008 turnout.

Alaska Democrats hold caucus Saturday

Members of the Alaska Democratic Party get their chance to vote for their party’s presidential candidate when the party holds meetings statewide on Saturday morning. Unlike the Republican Party’s presidential preference poll, held on March 1 in which party members voted on a ballot, Democrats select their candidate through a caucus.

Smith unseats Burgess in run-off

Editor's note: This story was changed to correct the date of the special election for Proposition 1. The election is Dec. 1.

In unofficial results in a run-off election for a Homer City Council seat, political newcomer Heath Smith easily beat incumbent city council member Beauregard Burgess with 310 votes to  Burgess’ 192, a 118-vote margin. 

With 115 absentee votes and two special needs votes to be counted, or 117 votes total, Burgess still could not win even if he took every one of the uncounted votes.

People’s voice needs representation

Some years ago as I stood in the national archives building and read from the original copy of our Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, I could not help but reflect on Lincoln’s closing words in his Gettysburg address ”...and that government of  the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Leadership means viable solutions

I first ran for Homer City Council more than three years ago, because I wanted to put a simple idea to the test — Could an elected official be someone I could trust and respect and still get re-elected? Can a politician be transparent, clear on his position, approach each issue with regard for evidence rather than preconception? Can people tolerate or even appreciate issued-based discourse?

Burgess vs. Smith

In Tuesday’s runoff election for one Homer City Council seat, incumbent Beauregard Burgess faces a challenge by political newcomer Heath Smith. Smith came in second in the Oct. 6 election, with 408 votes or 37 percent of the votes for a single seat, closely followed by Burgess with 391 votes or 35 percent.

Absentee voting in person is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Friday and Monday at Homer City Hall. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday at Homer No. 1, City Hall, and Homer No. 2, Homer Senior Citizens.

Dunne defeats Slaughter in assembly race

In the District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly race between two political novices, Willy Dunne, 60, handily defeated Dawson Slaughter, 25, with 56.26 percent to 43.51 percent of the vote in unofficial results. 

Dunne, of Fritz Creek, led in all precincts except Slaughter’s hometown of Anchor Point, where Slaughter won with 68.56 percent.

In the other lower peninsula borough race, incumbent school board member Elizabeth Downing ran unopposed and took 98 percent of the votes.

Wise: Tax burden should be cut

Our city of Homer, in my opinion, is one of the best places to live. Now, I’ll admit, I didn’t always feel this way. The lack of opportunities for young families combined with weather that was and is sometimes undesirable created in me a storm of discontent. 

As I grew up and started a family with my most favorite person, my opinion started to change. I noticed things I hadn’t noticed before. Things like how everyone seems to really care about your kids in the schools. They don’t just say they care; they actually do. 

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