Alaska Yes named in election complaint

Sep 24, 2019


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

Commission issues order for Quick campaign

Sep 20, 2019
Gavel to Gavel


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



ECON 919 - Ballot Prop 2 - Sales Tax Cap Increase

Sep 20, 2019


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.



Gavel Alaska


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.

Assembly narrowly supports election group work

Sep 5, 2019


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.

Election stakeholder group makes voting recommendations

Aug 22, 2019


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

Candidate Profile: Pamela Parker, Soldotna city council

Aug 13, 2019


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.

Assembly approves fall ballot measures

Aug 7, 2019


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.



Kenai council to consider three ballot questions

Jul 1, 2019


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.


ECON 919 - City thoughts on a borough bed tax

Jun 21, 2019


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?



Kenai Conversation: KPB Election Stakeholders Group

Apr 10, 2019

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.

Borough to look at new voting options

Jan 3, 2019


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.



Municipal ballots finalized for October elections

Sep 4, 2018
Wiki Commons

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.

Kenai Conversation: Out-going borough leadership off to new horizons

Oct 6, 2017

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.

Kenai Conversation: Hal Smalley and Duane Bannock

Sep 27, 2017

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

Kenai Conversation: Leslie Morton

Sep 20, 2017

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.

Kenai Conversation: Charlie Pierce

Sep 6, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

This week, we have a conversation with Charlie Pierce, candidate for borough mayor. We'll hear how he plans to close the borough budget gap and why more technology is a good thing for the future growth of the peninsula.

Kenai Conversation: Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings

Sep 6, 2017

Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings joins us on the Conversation this week to talk about her vision for the future of the Kenai and how to weather the current budget storm.

Candidate Profile: Dale Bagley

Aug 25, 2017



No one brings more borough government experience to the mayor’s race than Dale Bagley. He’s already served two terms as borough mayor, from 1999 to 2005.

Kenai Conversation: Dale Bagely

Aug 23, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

We kick off election season coverage this week on the Kenai Conversation. 

Welles resigns, borough ballot finalized

Aug 16, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

Though his term was set to expire in October, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Stan Welles has resigned.

Running for office, 101

Jul 28, 2017
Redoubt Reporter


Election season, whether you’re ready or not, is coming up soon. This year, the League of Women Voters and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk’s Office are teaming up to provide some basics on how to become a candidate for local office.