James Baisden

City of Kenai

Five candidates are vying for the two open seats on the Kenai City Council this October.

KDLL has been interviewing the candidates for that race and other municipal races on Kenai Conversation. You can play those interviews online any time and learn where the candidates stand on city issues — including COVID-19 relief funds, bluff erosion and economic development.

For our second set of election 2021 interviews, we spoke with James Baisden, Deborah Sounart and Alex Douthit, three of the five candidates for Kenai City Council. There are two seats open on the council this election.

We spoke with the other two candidates, Jim Duffield and Victoria Askin, last week. You can listen to those interviews here and read more about all five candidates here.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor’s chief of staff is retiring this summer.

James Baisden says he’s leaving the borough on June 1. It’s in the middle of Mayor Charlie Pierce’s second term, but Baisden said his leaving has nothing to do with the mayor’s timeline.

“It’s all about where I am now in my life," he said.

The central peninsula House District 30 seat is up for grabs. James Baisden, of Kenai, is running against Ron Gillham, of Soldotna. Gillham did not respond to an invitation to participate.

Baisden named Borough Chief of Staff

Nov 28, 2018
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Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce announced a new chief of staff Wednesday. James Baisden, who currently serves as the Fire Chief for the Nikiski Fire Service Area will replace John Quick, who was recently appointed to Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy’s administration.