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A vote to change how some local service area boards are put together was postponed at Tuesday night’s borough assembly meeting. The boards oversee everything from firefighting to hospitals to recreation and senior services to roads.

  With all precincts reporting shortly before 10 pm, municipal election results have mostly taken shape.

 

Three candidates are on the ballot for the borough assembly seat representing Nikiski. Joe Ross is a longtime North Roader who runs a gravel and topsoil business. He’s made one other run for public office and served on local service area boards. Jesse Bjorkman is a teacher at Nikiski Middle High School. On a recent episode of the Kenai Conversation, the two weighed in on the two ballot propositions voters will also decide in October.

 


Three candidates are vying for the District 1, Kalifornsky Beach seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

Incumbent Dan Castimore is trying for his third term on the board. He’s an IT manager for the city of Kenai and a lifelong peninsula resident whose parents taught in the district. He said he’s running again because he thinks there’s more work to be done to shield students from budget cuts.

Patti Truesdell just retired from teaching, with her last placement at Hope School. She was recognized as a BP Teacher of Excellence in 2016. She said she’s running because she promised her students she’d keep fighting for them.

Susan Lockwood taught elementary school in villages across Alaska. She says she’s running because she doesn’t like how education is changing, being influenced by liberal ideas. She says she wants to get back to reading, writing and arithmetic and honoring our nation’s Founding Fathers, the flag and Pledge of Allegiance.

 

A complaint has been filed against a group behind a host of negative and misleading political ads on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Nikiski assembly candidate John Quick has been ordered to cease and desist working with a local political action group. 

 

 


 

Between all the mudslinging and negative social media ads, some of the candidates for borough assembly have actually taken the time to talk about their thoughts on one of the ballot propositions voters will decide in October.

 


 

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Former borough chief of staff and current assembly candidate John Quick has been named in a complaint filed to the Alaska Public Office Commission. Until this week, Quick had been listed as the director of a political action group that’s been buying ads on behalf of Quick and other assembly candidates, while targeting others with negative ads.

 

 


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Three candidates are running for two seats on the Soldotna City Council. The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum Wednesday, with a wide-ranging set of questions. 

Lisa Parker is running unopposed for reelection to her seat. She is president of Parker Horn Company, a consulting firm, and previously worked for Apache, Inc. and Agrium. She served on the council in the 2000s and was elected again in 2016.

Dave Carey and Pamela Parker are vying for the other seat.

Municipal elections are Oct. 1. We spoke with candidates for the District 1, Kalifornsky seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. Incumbent Dan Castimore and challenger Patty Truesdell were in the studio. Susan Lockwood was not able to make the live show so we connected with her earlier in the week.

 

A fairly routine piece of legislation got a lengthy discussion at Tuesday’s borough assembly meeting. The assembly was less than enthusiastic about supporting the recommendations made by an elections work group, aimed at expanding access to the polls and increasing voter turnout.

 

A group that has been looking at how to improve both the voting process and voter turnout on the Kenai has finished its work.

 

The field of candidates for local elections this fall is nearly settled. The filing deadline is later this week. In Soldotna, two council seats will be open. Lisa Parker is running for reelection to seat E. Pamela Parker is running for seat D, currently held by Tim Cashman. Former Soldotna and Borough mayor Dave Carey has also filed to run for seat D.

 

The fall ballot for borough elections is beginning to take shape. The assembly tackled a number of ordinances that, if approved would have sent some important questions to the ballot for voters to decide.

 

 


 

Voters in the city of Kenai could have a few questions to settle on the fall ballot. Three questions dealing with local elections are up for discussion and possible inclusion on the ballot at this week’s city council meeting.

 

 

We told you about the borough assembly putting a bed tax question on the ballot earlier this week, but what do the cities around the borough think of the bed tax voters will decide on this fall?

 

 


How many people do you think turn out for borough elections? They take place each fall but only once in the last five years did more than 30 percent of registered voters turn out to cast a ballot. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we speak with Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk Johni Blankenship and two members of an election stakeholders work group, Assembly member Brent Hibbert and the borough's community and fiscal projects manager Brenda Ahlberg, to hear what kinds of discussions the group is having and what they might propose to the assembly later this summer.

 

Back in January, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly adopted a resolution creating an election stakeholders working group. That group is charged with trying to figure out how to get more people to the polls and what, if any, changes need to happen to get them there.

 

How the Kenai Peninsula Borough administers local elections could be changing. A complaint to the state’s Commission for Human Rights in 2015 has led to the borough creating an election stakeholders group that will look for better ways to help residents cast their votes.

 

 


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Ballots for this fall’s municipal elections have been finalized, and most of the heated campaigning will be left for elections further up the political food chain.

We speak with Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and his top aide, Larry Persily, about Tuesday's election, the upcoming run-off and their future plans.

It's municipal election day on the Kenai Peninsula, indeed in most of Alaska. Borough residents, depending on where they live, face a variety of choices on the ballot, however, everyone in the borough will be voting on who will be our new mayor. Three candidates are running: Dale Bagley, Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, and Charlie Pierce are all hoping for 50-percent-plus-one vote to avoid a costly run-off election between the top two vote-getters.

On this week's Conversation, we sit down with candidates for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 2, Hal Smalley and Duane Bannock

This week, we talk with one of the candidates running for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in District 5 (Sterling/Funny River), Leslie Morton. The other candidate in the race, Norm Blakely, declined our interview to be a part of the program.

KDLL's election coverage continues this week as we speak with candidates for District 1, which encompasses much of the K-Beach corridor and parts of Kenai.

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