Smith: Wants families represented on council

Lifelong Alaskan Heath Smith, 50, comes with a multigenerational political pedigree. Though Smith is running for political office for the first time, his grandfather, George Sharrock, was known as “the earthquake mayor,” or mayor of Anchorage in 1964 during the Great Alaska Earthquake. His father, Bill Smith, also ran for city council and recently served as Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member, stepping down in 2014 after he could not run for re-election because of term limits. His uncle, Larry Smith, also has been active in politics.

Howard: Brings wealth of experience to table

If Beauregard Burgess, 30, represents the Millennial generation of Homer City Council candidates, Robert “Bob” Howard, 73, anchors the cusp of the Baby Boomer end. Born in 1944 in Turlock, Calif., he went through one of the quintessential experiences of his generation, the University of California at Berkeley Free Speech movement in 1964. Howard attended UC Berkeley then, but was a clean-cut engineering student.

“I never protested. I was just a quiet farm boy trying to get an education,” Howard said. “I totally skipped the hippy era.”

Aderhold: Can see multiple sides of big issues

Editor's note: The names of Donna Aderhold's two stepchildren have been corrected.

The daughter of a civil engineer who moved his family around the United States from project to project, Donna Aderhold, 53, said her diverse geographic background exposed her to a lot of different points of view and culture. That would be an asset as a Homer City Council member, she said. Born in Asheville, N.C., she also lived in Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Washington and Missouri.

Wise: Wants to increase council’s diversity

People who have been watching the Homer City Council for the past five years might have seen a shift in the council’s make-up. With the election of Catriona Reynolds in 2014 and Beauregard Burgess in 2012, the council has changed from middle-aged and senior members to people under 50, some with children still in school. Council candidate Joni Wise, 35, a mother of five children, seeks to continue that trend.

Diverse field of six candidates runs for two council positions

In this year’s Homer City Council race, the buzzword might be “diversity.” Several candidates cited the desire for a more balanced council as why they’re running.

“I want to see more of an evened-out council,” said candidate Joni Wise, 35 and the mother of five children. “I believe you need all of the views.”

Columns from Homer City Council candidates

Arno: Let's encourage prosperity for all

I don’t have all the answers and I surely don’t know everything and we will have our differences but if you vote for me I will serve Homer with an open ear and I will do my best to serve the best interest of Homer. 

And when I say “Homer,” I am not just talking about the residents within the city limits because that is not Homer. Homer extends far beyond the city limits. 

Wythe: Let’s look at alternatives

It has been my privilege to be Homer’s mayor for the past two years. I have worked hard to represent Homer as a community “open for business.” Actions that I have promoted in this effort include:
• Changes in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) presentation.
• Encouraging a strategic planning session to prioritize projects, determine appropriate funding sources, and develop an action plan.
• Encouraging local business owners to become more involved in commissions and committees that have the ability to influence how businesses interact with local government.

Sarno: Involve citizens, youth

My mayoral office hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Daily citizen meetings at mayor’s office: Monday, public health and wellbeing; Tuesday, facilities and infrastructure; Wednesday, education; Thursday, budget and audit reviews; and Friday, economic development/port and harbor. Theme of my mayoral administration: Education and economic development create happiness and employment, and prevent crime.

Arno: Let’s encourage prosperity for all

I don’t have all the answers and I surely don’t know everything and we will have our differences but if you vote for me I will serve Homer with an open ear and I will do my best to serve the best interest of Homer.
And when I say “Homer,” I am not just talking about the residents within the city limits because that is not Homer. Homer extends far beyond the city limits.

Arnold: Let’s get city back to basics

First of all, thank you for voting. I’m running for city council because I’d like to see the city of Homer move away from the unnecessary spending and overbearing ordinances that do little or nothing for the citizens of Homer. My goal is to eliminate wasteful spending in our city government and get back to the basics; affordable water and sewer, well maintained roads and emergency services without saddling the citizens with ever increasing taxes.

Lewis: Homer needs young families

Homer has many things going for it. We have great beauty, a good port and harbor, many recreational opportunities, excellent schools and an eclectic population that brings diversity to the city. We have just finished the gas line that will help lower the cost of living. The trail system in town is growing yearly and is making Homer a walking and biking friendly city. We have a harbor that is growing and improving and has a chance to be one of the economic engines helping the city to prosper.

Lowe: Balanced budget key to city’s success

Determining the city budget will be one of the priorities to focus on this fall. Ultimately all city council considerations are centered in fiscal responsibility. A balanced budget with prudent utilization of city funds is the backbone of our success.
Hand-in-hand with developing a budget will be recruiting a new city manager and developing a transition plan in order to lessen the impacts of Walt Wrede’s departure at the end of December.

Lowe: Sees role as representing everyone

A founding member of the Homer Cycling Club, Catriona Lowe has a gimmick not seen in previous Homer elections: She rides her bicycle around town with a campaign sign on the back.
Lowe, 47, decided to run for Homer City Council a few days before a recent life change. On Aug. 9, she married Derek Reynolds, a fellow cycling club member and biking enthusiast and owner of Cycle Logical, a bike sales and service shop on Kachemak Drive. From a previous marriage, Lowe has two teenage sons, Ian and Dexter.

Lewis: Wants support for nonprofits, trails

In his three campaigns for Homer City Council, incumbent and two-term council member David Lewis has seen the field grow progressively larger. He first ran for office in 2008, a two-person field with council member Barbara Howard.
“I wouldn’t say I ran. I walked,” Lewis said.
In 2011, he and Howard were joined by former council member Mike Heimbuch, both of them the winners. This time, Howard has retired, and Lewis is the sole incumbent in a four-person field.

Arnold: Would take hard look at budget

In the 2013 city election, city council candidate Justin Arnold emerged 1-1 in his campaign. While he lost for council, finishing fourth in a field of four, a petition he organized to repeal a single-use plastic bag ban won 661 to 518 votes.
Arnold also called for a recount when third-place candidate Corbin Arno seemed to have won on election day, but fell behind 10 votes to incumbent council member Bryan Zak after absentee and other votes were counted. With Arno, Arnold again is taking a second try at the city council.


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