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.
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.
1. What do you see as the most important role of a Homer City Council member and why do you want the job?
Corbin Arno: The most important role of a council member is being a voice for the people. I want this job because I don’t see government working for the people but rather working for themselves, and that is not what they were elected to do.
While the Kenai Peninsula Borough has several initiatives on its ballot, the city of Homer keeps its simple with one question: “Shall Homer City Code Chapter 5.42 prohibiting sellers from providing customers with disposable shopping bags be repealed?”
A yes vote repeals the plastic bag ban. A no vote keeps the bag ban.
The initiative made the ballot after lifelong Homer resident Justin Arnold put together a petition and gathered sufficient signatures. Arnold, 28, also is running for Homer City Council.
With the Oct. 1 municipal election less than two weeks away, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters have time to do their homework before stepping into the ballot booth. Understanding the three borough propositions is a good place to start.
Proposition No. 1
Lower Kenai Peninsula voters won’t have national or state elections to worry about this fall. When we go to the polls on Oct. 1, this time around, as the late Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill said, all politics is local.
In the city of Homer election, a slate of four candidates run for two 3-year seats. There also is an initiative asking voters if they want to repeal a plastic bag ban.
With the closing of the filing period for city of Homer and Kenai Peninsula Borough candidates in the upcoming Oct. 1 election, four Homer residents have thrown their hats into the ring for two city council openings.
Seldovia resident Sunni Hilts will be running unopposed for re-election to KPB School Board Seat D, the southern peninsula.
Corbin Arno, Gus Van Dyke, Justin T. Arnold and incumbent Bryan Zak are running for two Homer City Council seats, each seat a three-year term. The seats are currently held by Zak and James Dolma.
Halfway through the candidacy filing period for the Oct. 1 election, two Homer residents have filed as candidates for Homer City Council: Corbin Arno and Gus Van Dyke. Two city council seats will be on the October ballot. They are currently held by Bryan Zak and James Dolma. The filing period for city of Homer candidates closed at 5 p.m. Aug. 15.