Elections

Two file to run for borough mayor's job

Though there are still nearly 10 months before Kenai Peninsula Borough residents will pick a new borough mayor, two people have already announced they are running.

Sterling resident Charlie Pierce filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission in mid-October, approximately a year ahead of the election. A little less than a month later, Soldotna resident Linda Hutchings submitted her own letter of intent for the office. The position will be up for grabs when current Mayor Mike Navarre is termed out in October.

Trump win surprises Homer voters for better or for worse

Eight years ago at Alice’s Champagne Palace when President Barack Obama became the first African-American elected president, a crowd of about 100 whooped when the national television networks declared him the winner.

Tuesday night, many in the crowd at the historic Pioneer Avenue bar hoped for another first: the first woman elected president. History happened, but not the way many expected, when Donald Trump, a New York businessman with no electoral experience, overcame a career politician to win the presidency.

Ballot Measure 1 would allow residents to register to vote when they apply for PFD

Ballot Measure 1
would allow residents
to register to vote when they apply for PFD

 

Ballot Measure 1 is the sole voter intiative on this fall’s general-election ballot. If approved by voters Nov. 8, Ballot Measure 1 would allow Alaskans to register to vote when they apply for their PFD each year. Formally, the measure allows the Alaska Division of Elections and the Permanent Fund Dividend Division to share information.

Cheaper loans for students idea behind measure 2

State Sen. Anna MacKinnon of Eagle River has tried for more than four years to make student loans cheaper. That effort will now be decided by voters on Tuesday.

If enacted, Ballot Measure 2 would amend Alaska’s Constitution so the state could borrow money on behalf of the Alaska Student Loan Corporation.

Alaska has a better credit rating than the corporation, and at present scores, according to figures provided to the Alaska Legislature earlier this year, that strategy could lower the interest on student loans by 0.97 percent.

Your vote matters, but president still elected by Electoral College

In the presidential election on Nov. 8, if voting Democrat, Alaskans will choose June Degnan, D’Arcy Hutchings and Victor Fischer. If voting Republican, they will choose Sean Parnell, Jacqueline Tupou or Carolyn Leman. Or maybe they will choose a slate from the Constitution Party, the Green Party or the Libertarian Party.

Vic Fischer? Sean Parnell? You might ask. Aren’t we voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or the other candidates?

'16 election unlike most

On the first day of early voting on Monday, 3,300 Alaskans statewide cast their ballots, including 142 in Homer — a sign of high interest in the presidential election. As we count down to election day on Nov. 8, Alaskans have become caught up in one of the most intense presidential campaigns ever. Like a superquake rocking Alaska, the political landscape has been rattled.

Homer gets a new mayor, but not a new cop shop

Homer voters in Tuesday’s election selected candidates with strong business backgrounds. In the Homer mayoral race, they chose Homer City Council member Bryan Zak, assistant state director for the Small Business Development Center. In unofficial results Zak is the likely winner for Homer mayor, defeating fellow council member David Lewis.

Zak won with 594 votes to Lewis with 520 votes. About 300 absentee, special needs and questioned ballots remain to be counted, and with a 74-vote margin in the mayoral race, it’s possible the election could go to Lewis.

Margaret Stock visits Homer in race against Murkowski

U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Stock visited Homer on Thursday, Sept. 22, meeting with local businesses owners and community members as part of her campaign to overtake incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the November election. Stock is running as an independent candidate.

Stock is a former officer in the U.S. Army, starting with a commission in the Army Reserve during her time at Boston University and Harvard College, according to the biography on her campaign website, margaretforalaska.com. After graduating from Harvard, she volunteered for active military service in Alaska.

Zak: Alaskans must resolve fiscal crisis now

The State of the City and why we need to advocate against State budget cost shifting and for agreeing on a revenue plan:

In Alaska we are faced with both a low value of oil as well as a low amount of oil coming through the line. The constitutional budget reserve will be completely depleted in FY 18. After that, Alaska’s current revenue structure will produce approximately $1.5 billion in unrestricted general funds (UGF), assuming oil price returns to $55 per barrel.

Stroozas: Sustainable future up to all of us

There are many reasons why we live in Homer but a common denominator exists for each of us who reside “at the end of the road” — the majestic and breathtaking beauty that provides a heartfelt appreciation for the wonders of nature and the cordiality of our community.

Homer’s future is up to us; each and every one, young or old, rich or poor. We each have a role and varied opinions regarding our economic and social issues. I have a vision for our community that I will work diligently toward over the next three years as a member of the City Council.

Ketter: Reopening Boys and Girls Club would help Homer

I am unsure which topic I wanted to address in this column because I am passionate about many topics.

I am concerned about our community. I want to see more togetherness, especially concerning real life issues that directly affect the people. Issues such as financial problems and drug addiction, both of which cause some major problems within families and their homes.

Kimberly Ketter's felony DUI does not disqualify her from city council race

Questions raised last week as to whether Homer City Council candidate Kimberly Ketter is eligible to run for office as a result of her felony conviction for driving under the influence were based on false information.

Ketter can run for the city council seat while on probation.

The city’s declaration of candidacy form requires a candidate to declare that he or she is a qualified voter in order to run for office. Ketter is eligible to vote, and therefore is eligible to run for city council, because she has not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude.

Q & A with Candidates for Homer Mayor & City Council

1. What is your vision for Homer?

Mayoral candidate David Lewis: First, I envision Homer as a Four Season Destination for recreation that includes eco tourism, outdoor activities and the arts. Second, we should strive to become the main destination for large vessel haul out and repairs, Third, if we get the East boat Harbor funded and built we may become home port for many new vessels.

KPB Prop 2 won’t hike taxes to pay for SPH improvements

As Kenai Peninsula Borough and Homer voters face a slate of bond propositions and tax changes, KPB Proposition 2 could be an easy sell for voters for one simple reason: It won’t take a dime from taxpayers.

The proposition asks voters to approve a general obligation bond of up to $4.8 million to expand South Peninsula Hospital’s Homer Medical Clinic and install a new hospital operating room air handling and ventilation system. Because of increased property values in the SPH Service Area, that won’t require a mill rate increase.

Prop 1 would bring cop shop into 21st century say proponents

In considering Homer Proposition 1, a proposal to borrow up to $12 million to build a new Homer Police Station, the controversy isn’t whether or not police need a new station.

Even opponents of Prop 1 say it’s clear the 39-year-old station needs replacement. The debate is over the cost and how to pay for it.

“I think they deserve a new facility,” said Homer City Council Member Heath Smith. “I think the community can afford to provide that, but I don’t think we should have to afford what’s currently being proposed.”

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