Soldotna man announces mayoral candidacy

Fred Sturman throws hat in ring for mayor's seat in October election
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 http://peninsulaclarion.com.

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