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Story last updated at 6:25 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Candidates slow to make it official; deadline Monday

By Michael Armstrong and McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writers

Although six Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor wannabes have publicly announced plans to run for that office in the Oct. 4 municipal election, only two have made it official. As of Wednesday morning, Dale Bagley of Soldotna and Gary Superman of Kenai have filed their intent with the Borough Clerk's Office in Soldotna.

Others who say they will be filing are Debbie Holle Brown of Soldotna, Mike Navarre of Kenai, Tim O'Brien of Nikiski and Fred Sturman of Kenai. Ron Long of Seward had announced he would be running for mayor, but Long pulled out of the race when Navarre entered, citing similarities in his and Navarre's philosophies and a desire not to split the vote.

The current mayor, David C. Carey, will not be running for re-election.

Three borough assembly seats will be on the October ballot, including District 8-Homer. Only Bryan Zak, current Homer City Council member has filed to un for that three-year spot. It is currently held by Bill Smith.

Although Smith is term limited under current borough code, passage of an ordinance that redefines "term" and goes into effect Oct. 14 may make it possible for Smith to run for re-election (see related story, page 17).

Smith told the Homer News on Wednesday that he believes he is qualified to run and has filed as a borough candidate.

"I talked to the borough attorney yesterday and she's reviewing the applicable code and will make her recommendation today," said Smith.

"There is the potential, you never know until it's over, that the attorney will say on second consideration it isn't appropriate. I don't think it'll happen, but until it happens, it isn't a sure deal."

Harold V. "Hal" Smalley has filed for re-election of District 2-Kenai. No candidate has yet filed for District 5-Sterling/Funny River.

No other candidates for two seats on the Homer City Council have filed as of Wednesday morning. Incumbent members Barbara Howard and David Lewis filed last week and so far face no opposition for their seats.

Also on the borough ballot will be:

• Anchor Point Fire Service Area Board, seats A and E, each three-year terms; seat B, a two-year term; seat D, a one-year term. As of Tuesday, Robin Proctor is the only candidate to have filed for Seat A;

• Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board, seat A, a three-year term;

• South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board, seat C, a one-year term; seats D, E and F, each three-year terms; seat G, a 2-year term. Judith C. Lund has filed as a candidate for Seat E;

• Proposition No. 1, applies borough-wide: Repeal of the borough seasonal exemption from sales tax of non-prepared food items (Ordinance 2011-03);

• Proposition No. 2, applies borough-wide: Increasing the borough sales tax from 3.0 percent to 3.1 percent with the additional 0.1 percent to be used for economic development purposes (Ordinance 2011-23);

• Proposition No. 3, applies borough-wide: Apportionment of the assembly and board of education (Ordinance 2011-25);

• Proposition No. 4, applies to voters within the service area: Abolishing the Lowell Point Emergency Service area (Ordinance 2011-27);

• Proposition No. 5, applies to voters within the proposed service area: Establishing the Seldovia Recreational Service Area (Ordinance 2011-28).

Detailed information on each borough proposition, can be found at www2.borough.kenai.ak.us/AssemblyClerk/Assembly/Ordinances/2011/2011%20Ordinances.htm.

Kachemak City's filing period opens Aug. 20. It will include two council seats currently held by Tammy Ackerman and Phil Morris, city mayor.

Also on Kachemak City's ballot will be a proposition asking voter approval for increasing the rate of real property tax by one mill. If approved, that increase would help finance the city's natural gas distribution system after a pipeline is constructed to deliver natural gas to the area from wells near Anchor Point.

Declarations for candidacy will be accepted:

• By the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk's office through 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15; for more information, call (907) 714-2160 or (800) 478-4441, ext. 2160;

• By the Homer City Clerk's office through 5 p.m. Aug. 15; for more information, call 235-3130;

• By Kachemak City Clerk from Aug. 20-Sept. 15; call City Clerk Helyn Schoepke, 235-8897.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com. McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.