Elections

Arno: Council still ‘business unfriendly’

In the 2013 Homer City Council election, lifelong Homer resident Corbin Arno had a moment of glory on election night, seeming to have won by four votes over incumbent Bryan Zak.
After absentee ballots were counted and a recount held, Zak pulled ahead by a squeaker, a 10-vote margin.
Arno again is running for council.
“I’m still concerned about some of the things going on in the city,” Arno said of why he’s running again. “No matter what the council says, they’re still business unfriendly.”

Mike Navarre: Education our top responsibility

I have been honored to serve as Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor for the last three years.  I have received a great deal of support and encouragement since I announced my plans to seek re-election and greatly appreciate all of the support — thank you.
These past three years as mayor have gone by quickly and, for the most part, very smoothly. I’ve approached the job and responsibilities as I outlined during the 2011 campaign with strong administrative oversight, responsible budget and financial management, and an open door policy.  

Wythe wants to keep project momentum going

Note: In Homer’s two-person mayoral race, citizens might have noticed something missing from the contest between incumbent Mayor Beth Wythe and challenger Lindianne Sarno: yard signs. By mutual agreement, Wythe and Sarno decided not to put up the signs. The candidates top the Oct. 7 Homer ballot, with elections also for two city council members, a charter commission question and seven commission members.

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Martin: Preparing for disasters his goal

Letting the experience of the past frame his vision for the future, Carrol Martin’s reasons to be elected as the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s next mayor are to prepare peninsula residents for the next disaster.

“I think of the disasters that we need to plan to avoid,” said Martin. “One is that we will have another earthquake one day and it’s probably going to be sooner than we think.”

Bearup: Listening tops his priority list

With a background that includes serving as mayor and law enforcement officer for the city of Soldotna, being pastor of a church and accumulating day-to-day lessons of life in general, Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor candidate Tom Bearup believes he has acquired “a lot of quality things over the years that will be attributes for a borough mayor.”

Bearup’s vision of being mayor includes developing a “team of quality people” that would complement the directors and managers already in place in the borough. 

Animal control, voting by mail among issues on Oct. 7 ballot

Two propositions on the Oct. 7 regular election ballot will gauge local opinion on two Kenai Peninsula Borough issues.

Proposition A asks voters who live outside of cities to consider whether the borough should exercise limited animal control powers and if it should charge a property tax to pay for those services. Proposition B asks all borough voters if elections should be held by mail.

Cooper: Wants Homer to be heard on assembly

A candidate for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 8-Homer, Kelly Cooper isn’t waiting until she’s elected to find out what’s going on in the borough. She’s already doing some homework.

“When I got on the (South Peninsula) hospital board, I did that, too,” said Cooper, a SPH operating board member since 2008. “I went to some meetings before I decided to accept the board position so I could see what I was getting into, so I could come in a little prepared and up to speed, understanding how they operate. It’s invaluable.” 

Council members sworn in

After certifying the results of the Oct. 1, election, the Homer City Council swore in two council members at its regular meeting Monday.

Raising his right hand, first-time city council member Gus VanDyke swore to “impartially perform all duties of the office which I am about to enter, according to law, and therein do equal right and justice to all, so help me God.” Returning council member Bryan Zak also took the oath of office.

Zak pulls ahead to win re-election

In a squeaker of an election, incumbent Homer City Council member Bryan Zak made up a four-vote deficit in unofficial election day results to win re-election to a third term. 

After the city elections canvass board tallied absentee and other votes last Friday, and after a recount on Tuesday, Zak won with 546 votes over Corbin Arno’s 536 votes — a 10-vote lead.

VanDyke wins council seat; other race too close too call

Homer businessman Gus VanDyke leads the Homer City Council election with 544 votes. One of two candidates endorsed by Homer Voice for Business, the other endorsed candidate, Corbin Arno, is in a tight race for a second seat against incumbent council member Bryan Zak. Arno is just four votes ahead, with 461 votes to Zak’s 457. 

Bryan Zak: Let’s have balanced approach between city, citizens

Homer was once a small community with no road system, no water and sewer, no harbor, no gas line, and many of the modern amenities we enjoy today. In order for those advances to have taken place over the last 50 years, I can only imagine the lively discussions and differences of opinions that took place, but things obviously got accomplished. 

Gus VanDyke: City’s actions don’t say it’s open for business

My name is Gus VanDyke. I am a 21-year Alaskan, the last 17 years in Homer. I was born and raised in Northwest Oregon. My wife and I vacationed in Alaska in April of 1992. We were so impressed by Alaska and its people when our all to short time in the state came to an end, we returned home and quit our jobs, packed our house in a Sealand container, flew to Anchorage and had jobs and a place to stay before our belongings arrived. We have never regretted the move.

Hilts: Our children should be No. 1 priority

The children of Alaska should be our top priority, their health, safety, education and their future. As stakeholders in our state we are responsible for meeting these needs. None of them are optional, and I am sure we all agree that these are necessities for our children, especially if it is for the children of our families, our communities and even our school district. 

I would go a step further and say that I believe we will all benefit if every child in the state becomes “ours.” 

Candidates sound off at forum

The public had an opportunity on Tuesday to hear the four candidates for Homer City Council give answers to five prepared questions at a forum sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Held at the Kachemak Community Center, Corbin Arno, Justin Arnold, Gus VanDyke and incumbent Bryan Zak took turns answering questions from moderator Aaron Selbig, news director for KBBI. 

Q&A: Candidate for School Board District 9; 3-Year Term

1. What is the most important role of a school board member and why do you want the job? 

Sunni Hilts: I believe the most important role of a school board member is to be a voice of those I represent to the board of education and the school district and to bring their voices back to the communities. Then when we make a decision regarding policy, administration or budget I know that it is made in the most representative way possible. 

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