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If the election for borough mayor were to be held today, who would you vote for?

Dale Bagley
14% (84 votes)
Debbie Brown
9% (54 votes)
Mike Navarre
31% (183 votes)
Tim O'Brien
6% (33 votes)
Fred Sturman
10% (59 votes)
Gary Superman
31% (185 votes)
Total votes: 598
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denali8
6
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denali8 08/29/11 - 06:58 pm
in my opinion bagley and

in my opinion bagley and navarre didn't serve the boro well
i feel any of the others would do a better job,my first choice is sturman and second is superman

hydvacaron1982
4
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hydvacaron1982 06/13/12 - 04:01 pm
_,how do you get ideas for an

_,how do you get ideas for an content? because i find your articles very engaging everytime i call at your blog.

hydvacaron1982
4
Points
hydvacaron1982 06/14/12 - 05:37 am
Erectiele storing aan te

Erectiele storing aan te kunnen is niet gemakkelijk. Dit is een ding dat ik me heb leed met en die ik weet hoe het deprimeer kan zijn, bepaald wanneer het plaats aan een jeugdige leeftijd.ook al er neemt zijn geneeskunde deze soort van als Viagra enzovoorts, komen zij met een goede overeenkomst van facetgevolgen. Niet alleen dit, kunnen zij amper iets doen om uw libido te verbeteren of betrekkingen genereren, de meest volwassen mannen die aangeraden medicatie beschouwen vinden het heel verzwarend die zij hebben nodig een geweldige overeenkomst van handboekaanmoediging in koop om een rots harde erectie.niettemin, organische of natuurlijke capsules niet alleen viagra te krijgen verzekert een geweldiger en verbeterde betrekkingenrit of libido maar ook hulp verzekert vlugge uitdagenerecties zonder veel handaanmoediging.dit zijn Wat verzorgt zulke normale pillen en rond voorgeschreven geneeskunde scherp. Niet alleen dit, gebeuren deze alle-natuurlijk pillen ook met een goede overeenkomst van andere voordelen. Deze positieve aspecten bestaan uit opgeheven blijvene elektriciteit, versterkt seksueel uithoudingsvermogen

akal
252
Points
akal 08/30/11 - 09:35 am
vote Fred, otherwise get

vote Fred, otherwise get ready for high taxes.

Abremylin
0
Points
Abremylin 08/30/11 - 11:09 am
O'Brien will represent the

O'Brien will represent the people of the Borough in a freshly needed approach to politics. He will LISTEN and represent the Will of the People instead of feeding those private PAC money interests.

north-yorkie
0
Points
north-yorkie 08/30/11 - 11:06 am
Finally someone that has the

Finally someone that has the best interest for the people,someone who is willing to listen and take action, someone who is not afraid to stand up for we the people. Tim O'Brian has my vote!

witchwitch
51
Points
witchwitch 08/30/11 - 12:40 pm
Fred has a long track record

Fred has a long track record standing up against Borough excess. Fred was a cosponsor for the grocery tax exemption. Don't forget to vote NO for Proposition 1... the Borough NEEDS MORE money and wants to tax groceries ?!? Fred was a cosponsor for Borough Term Limits. Fred was a cosponsor against the proposed privately run, borough owned Private Prison. Fred has done too much to list, to bring the will of the people into action.

Fred is the real deal.

Use your head...
Save your bread...
Vote for FRED !!!
Enough said.

witchwitch
51
Points
witchwitch 08/30/11 - 12:45 pm
To clarify... Prop 1 will

To clarify...

Prop 1 will take away the tax relief that voters enacted in 2008. A NO vote will keep the tax relief. A yes vote ends it and creates grocery tax again.

The Borough is asking their question backwards, as usual (yes = end the tax break)... it's business as usual and I hope the voters fully understand the question.

bluffbunny
73
Points
bluffbunny 08/30/11 - 01:15 pm
I have vowed to NOT vote for

I have vowed to NOT vote for any incumbent nor any 'career politician'.

Most of those running have held public office before. Some have been in a number of public offices before. They have already had an opportunity to show us their ideas. I say let's have some NEW faces and some NEW ideas.

Fred Sturman has worked for budget reform, for term limits, for lower taxes, for more accountability with our money. He has been a constant watchdog in exposing waste. He also has some new ideas that I like, such as a Tax Holiday, so I can spend my $$$ here locally and not have to drive to Anchorage to save money.

I don't want another 're-tread' - so I'll be voting for Fred!

Lee Gattenby 08/31/11 - 08:07 am
@bluffbunny - This.. doesn't

@bluffbunny - This.. doesn't make sense. Don't get me wrong.. I like Fred. But can you imagine what it would be like if you were hired based on not having any experience in the field of work you applied for? Additionally, if Fred won the Mayoral race just ONCE, that would make him an incumbent next term. Soo.. we just vote for him once and then find another successful local area business man to replace him?

Just because you were a boy scout doesn't mean you would make a good police officer. Does it help? Yes. Does it guarantee success in the field? No. How about being an air traffic controller? Does being good a video games make a good ATC? I don't want to find out.

I understand what you are saying though. Some politicians have taken advantage of their position in ways that makes you wonder if they are serving the people or serving themselves. At least when a person has been in the office before you can track their service record.

Career politicians? Yep they exist. To them the Kenai Borough is just a stepping stone to higher offices. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to see who they are... Vote for them and you will see them on the ballot again.. probably on the governor ticket. Is that good? Hmm...

The problem is this. Most people don't check on track records. The assumption is they were in office before and the borough is in sad condition. It must be their fault. Lets be frank, to fix the budget problems the borough is in is going to require some tough love IN SOME CASES - reduce services, raise taxes or both. It doesn't matter WHO takes the job. Some point to the oil fields like they are going to save us. Its not, regulation and eco-legislation makes developing in countries that don't care (like Agrium being shipped to AFRICA) way more lucrative.

Of course, being able to generate new revenue is always to the borough's benefit. The problem is where? Let see, you could sell land.. raise money outside of the borough (how this would benefit the borough makes me scratch my head).. advertise a whole bunch with hopes someone will invest here (ever drove I90 from Idaho to the great lakes? You will never ever forget Wall Drug) or develop natural resources. There may be a few other things I left out. It takes years for new revenues to be realized however.

Sooo... whats the fix? Going into debt isn't it. However, being more efficient with what you have is what we need.

Take a look at track records and determine for yourself who the best person for the job really is.

akal
252
Points
akal 08/31/11 - 12:40 pm
by following your reasoning

by following your reasoning we would only have the same old names running for office. we need NEW blood so I say vote for Fred as he has done more to save us property owners than any other. Fred has a frugal nature that we need in a bad economic situation . many problems brought on by the wall street crowd are coming home to roost and we will have a very hard time getting thru them, so once again we need Fred.

Lee Gattenby 08/31/11 - 01:45 pm
Scare tactics. Only Navarre

Scare tactics. Only Navarre and Bagley were in true position to affect property taxes (they were both previously Mayor). The others (minus Fred) represented their offices, but did not hold veto power to affect spending as broad as the Mayors office.

I would say that any local business man/woman worth their salt is fiscally conservative. That is not hard to do if you want to stay in business. I am glad that Fred is stepping up. My question is, where was he ten years ago?

witchwitch
51
Points
witchwitch 09/01/11 - 10:06 pm
Where was Fred 10 years

Where was Fred 10 years ago?

Well... that was 2001 and Fred was the cosponsor for Peninsula Citizens Against Private Prisons. Fred collected hundreds of local signatures in order to stop the Borough's latest economic development project. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly wanted to build, with Borough funds, a private prison for Cornell Corrections to operate.

Fred's efforts help put that issue on the 2001 ballot. That effort stopped the Kenai Peninsula from being the private prison capital of Alaska.

Lee Gattenby 09/02/11 - 07:31 am
Excellent. But that's not my

Excellent. But that's not my point. Why didn't he run for a lower office like
assemblyman? Regardless of your distaste for 'career' politicians, there is
a system in place within the political infrastructure that you only get to know
when you are actually part of the system. Being in charge of the entire
borough is not place to get that type of understanding, especially if he could
of gotten it with a little foresight that he would run for mayor some day.

Sigh..did you ever think that going the Tea Party route and blashing your
neighbors might actually be working against your candidate? Miller learned
this the hard way.

But since you want to go there...here we go. Be aware that what I am about
to say comes from my own personal knowledge and views, and doesn't
reflect that of my chosen candidate.

I worked as the 911 supervisor for the Kenai Police Department at that time
and have intimate knowledge of that project. The project coordinator
wanted then Chief Dan Morris to be the warden. That project would of
brought quite a few jobs to the community (think stable revenue for the
borough), and according to Seward's crime statistics (Spring Creek Maximum
Security Prison).. there hasn't been a raise in crime because there is a prison
next door. Instead Alaskan dollars are sent to Colorado and Arizona.

In hindsight, with the closing of Agrium and waning natural resource revenues
(largely due to strict eco-legislation from interested parties outside of the state),
the prison would have brought much needed revenues to this area. Yes,
the mil rate was raised in the past because we didn't want to lay off teachers.
With only so much money available, we had a choice.. choose against our
children's education or raise taxes.

How do you propose that your candidate keep taxes down when his direct
actions have caused it to go up in the past?

witchwitch
51
Points
witchwitch 09/03/11 - 10:14 am
Fred helped stop the private

Fred helped stop the private prison, that is a fact. In the 2001 election more people voted than in any other Borough election. The local voters by a nearly 3 to 1 majority voted to stop the Borough's proposed and funded private prison. Fred will support the people, not special interests and this is a prime example. Our quality of life was more important than a few low paying jobs. I, for one, did not want my community to become the private prison capital of Alaska. Fred will not attempt to force people to make bad choices under the guise of economic development.

Without Fred's work, this special interest project for Cornell Corrections and Veco could have had negative effects throughout our community.

Fred has attended more Assembly meetings than most Assembly members. He has done this for more than a decade, that i know of. He has done this all for no pay. He is there because he cares about his community. How many Assembly members come back after their term and their pay and benefits end?

As are as not being qualified because: "there is
a system in place within the political infrastructure that you only get to know
when you are actually part of the system", perhaps that is part of the problem. Our nation was founded on citizen representation and not professional politicians. Have you seen what the professional politicians have brought us, both on the local and federal levels? we need citizen representatives and not pros who game the system for the benefits of special interests.

Fred's website has FACTS, if that is really what you want to know. Fred didn't cause the Borough to lose money because of his opposition to the private prison, that is ludicrous. If you really want facts you can go to www.VOTEFRED.us .

If you want change, you might consider doing something differently. The Borough needs to be run more like a business and less like a special interest trough for a candidates supporters to feed from.

calcan2
7
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calcan2 08/30/11 - 03:18 pm
It is unfathomable to me that

It is unfathomable to me that people will vote the same jokers into office time and again, then complain about them. You want term limits, yet you vote the same way over and over. Vote for the new inexperienced person. They at least are willing to give it a go. You already know what to expect from all those that try to make a career out of political office. It will never change until you vote them out.

M1A
12
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M1A 08/30/11 - 06:01 pm
Doesn't Mike Navarre live in

Doesn't Mike Navarre live in California and Superman is a joke. Tim O'Brien I don't know, the rest are career politicians. Not really much of a field to choose from.

beaverlooper
2242
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beaverlooper 08/31/11 - 02:23 pm
Mike Navarre lives and works

Mike Navarre lives and works here in Kenai.He runs the family businesses which are the Arbys and Radio Shacks throughout the state of Alaska.

denali8
6
Points
denali8 08/30/11 - 07:00 pm
i don't think sturman has

i don't think sturman has ever held a public office,although i could be mistaking

witchwitch
51
Points
witchwitch 08/31/11 - 12:55 am
Fred Sturman has never held

Fred Sturman has never held an elected office, but is a successful businessman. He has been an activist for lower taxes, for term limits and more accountability for the politicians. He has attended and testified at more Borough Assembly meetings than any other person and has attended more Assembly meetings that any elected official.

Fred cares about this community and has proven the fact through many, many years of unpaid public service in too many ways to list. Fred represents real change and is the only candidate with the resolve to put the Borough on an appropriate conservative course.

I hope that people become informed. You can go to his website and get many facts, although he has done much more for our community than what is shown at his website.

He is motivated by public service, not special interests. People who are politically active in the community already know Fred.

denali8
6
Points
denali8 08/31/11 - 07:19 pm
i'ld like any comments on

i'ld like any comments on which candidate can/may/might be more qualifed than fred and do a better job?

Lee Gattenby 08/31/11 - 11:01 pm
There is not a single

There is not a single candidate here that approaches this position lightly. But running a business is not the same as running the borough. How can you compare someone with no history of political office with someone who has?

Answer: You don't. Why? You can point your finger at someone who has held an office and say they did crappy job. You can't do that with someone hasn't been in that position.

pjalstrand
4
Points
pjalstrand 09/01/11 - 03:25 pm
The scary part is that there

The scary part is that there are 160 people out there that would vote for Debbie Brown or Gary Superman

witchwitch
51
Points
witchwitch 09/03/11 - 10:17 am
My reply to Lee Gattenby was

My reply to Lee Gattenby was cut off, so I posted it here:

Fred helped stop the private prison, that is a fact. In the 2001 election more people voted than in any other Borough election. The local voters by a nearly 3 to 1 majority voted to stop the Borough's proposed and funded private prison. Fred will support the people, not special interests and this is a prime example. Our quality of life was more important than a few low paying jobs. I, for one, did not want my community to become the private prison capital of Alaska. Fred will not attempt to force people to make bad choices under the guise of economic development.

Without Fred's work, this special interest project for Cornell Corrections and Veco could have had negative effects throughout our community.

Fred has attended more Assembly meetings than most Assembly members. He has done this for more than a decade, that i know of. He has done this all for no pay. He is there because he cares about his community. How many Assembly members come back after their term and their pay and benefits end?

As are as not being qualified because: "there is
a system in place within the political infrastructure that you only get to know
when you are actually part of the system", perhaps that is part of the problem. Our nation was founded on citizen representation and not professional politicians. Have you seen what the professional politicians have brought us, both on the local and federal levels? we need citizen representatives and not pros who game the system for the benefits of special interests.

Fred's website has FACTS, if that is really what you want to know. Fred didn't cause the Borough to lose money because of his opposition to the private prison, that is ludicrous. If you really want facts you can go to www.VOTEFRED.us .

If you want change, you might consider doing something differently. The Borough needs to be run more like a business and less like a special interest trough for a candidates supporters to feed from

Lee Gattenby 09/03/11 - 03:23 pm
1 - Condense your posts down.

1 - Condense your posts down. You could of given your response in 1/3rd of the words.

2 - Your answering for Fred (at least I hope its someone else.. ). Although your view is respected, its just your subjective opinion because you are speaking on behalf of someone else.

3 - If you vote down a prison, you are anti-prison and not anti-tax. Sending business elsewhere is what is causing our current budget problems..

Lee Gattenby 09/03/11 - 01:40 pm
"Have you seen what the

"Have you seen what the professional politicians have brought us, both on the local and federal levels?"

Yep. Check the signatures on the Declaration of Independence and count how many career politicians are on it.

witchwitch
51
Points
witchwitch 09/05/11 - 10:15 am
Gattenby, you're speaking in

Gattenby, you're speaking in circles...

In your post you state: "3 - If you vote down a prison, you are anti-prison and not anti-tax. Sending business elsewhere is what is causing our current budget problems"

Earlier you posted: "the prison would have brought much needed revenues to this area.... How do you propose that your candidate keep taxes down when his direct actions have caused it to go up in the past?"

You confuse the issue with vague, conflicting statements. Fred was instrumental in stopping the construction of a Borough owned, private for profit prison. This is a fact.

If you want the economic benefit of a private prison, move to Oklahoma. If you want real change, vote for Fred.

Joe Barry
0
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Joe Barry 09/21/11 - 04:25 am
Without Fred's work, this

Without Fred's work, this special interest project for Cornell Corrections and Veco could have had negative effects throughout our community.

Fred has attended more Assembly meetings than most Assembly members. He has done this for more than a decade, that i know of. He has done this all for no pay. He is there because he cares about his community. How many Assembly members come back after their term and their pay and benefits end?

As are as not being qualified because: "there is
a system in place within the political infrastructure that you only get to know
when you are actually part of the system", perhaps that is part of the problem. Our nation was founded on citizen representation and not professional politicians. Have you seen what the professional politicians have brought us, both on the local and federal levels? we need citizen representatives and not pros who game the system for the benefits of special interests.

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