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Soldotna man announces mayoral candidacy

Fred Sturman throws hat in ring for mayor's seat in October election

Posted: June 3, 2011 - 1:52pm
Fred Sturman  Brian Smith
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Fred Sturman

Longtime Soldotna resident Fred Sturman announced Thursday his intent to run for the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor’s seat in October’s election.

According to a news release, Sturman recently filed his letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission with “the support and encouragement from hundreds of people.”

Sturman joins Dale Bagley, Ron Long and Debbie Brown in the hunt to fill the seat currently held by mayor David Carey. Carey has not yet stated whether he will run for re-election.

Sturman has not yet held public office.

However, according to the release, he is one of the founding members of the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers — a group that previously advocated for items like Borough Assembly term limits, sales tax cap and capital project spending limits to be placed on the ballot.

“Fred has been deeply involved in local government for many years as a budget watchdog and strong vocal advocate for fiscal conservatism,” the release states.

Sturman stated in his release that he believes the public has “lost trust in career politicians and their ability or interest in making any change.”

“If you want someone that will work diligently to make sure each and every tax dollar is spent wisely, then please support my candidacy,” he said in the release.

For more on this story, read Sunday’s Peninsula Clarion, or visit

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witchwitch 06/04/11 - 01:23 pm
Fred is a true local activist !

Fred is a good man and has done a lot for this community. I'm very glad that he has decided to run because he is a candidate that I can support and trust.

He has put effort and dedication toward making this community a better place in too many ways to list, for many years.

In his last campaign for Mayor six years ago, his signs said, "Putting people before politics" (or something very close to that). For Fred, words have real meaning and aren't just simple slogans. He won't be bought or unduly influenced by special interests.

His candidacy just added substance to what would otherwise be a beauty contest.

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