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Carey won't seek re-election

Borough mayor to focus on last months of term, not campaign

Posted: June 15, 2011 - 7:00am

Borough Mayor Dave Carey announced Tuesday that he will not be running for re-election this fall.

That means the slate of candidates with signs around town and appearing at events is still four. The candidates so far are Dale Bagley and Fred Sturman of Soldotna, Debbie Brown of Kasilof, and Ron Long of Seward.

In his statement, which he said was timed to coincide with Flag Day, Carey said he cannot fulfill his oath to the borough and God to serve a 36-month term if he spends four of those months campaigning.

“Running for re-election could give me an unethical and even maybe an immoral advantage because I could make decisions that would help me get votes when I have taken an Oath of Office to serve everyone,” Carey said in a statement on Tuesday.

Carey also talked about his plans for the future in his announcement.
In the short-term, he is concerned with borough business, including implementing the 2012 budget.

“I will also be working with the Assembly on the process for how the borough decides on funding for non-profits and post-secondary education,” he said in statement.

Another of Carey’s priorities is to help the Borough keep pace with the internet-age. Carey said he wants to use technology to engage young adults.

Carey also mentioned an ordinance up for public hearing at the borough assembly’s June 21 meeting. That ordinance would prohibit the borough mayor from holding certain positions in any entity that receives a financial benefit from the borough. Homer’s Bill Smith brought the ordinance forward, and Carey said he thinks of it as the “Director Turner Ordinance.”

Effectively, the ordinance would prevent the mayor from teaching at Kenai Peninsula College, Carey said.

Neither Gary Turner, the director of KPC, or Carey were available for comment.

The mayor is also looking past the end of his term at what he plans to do next. Carey has served in public office since the 1980s, including a stint as Soldotna’s mayor. When he finishes this term, he may follow a religious calling, he said.

Carey said he intends to apply for a four-year program that would ordain him as a deacon. He has just finished a one-year program of discernment and training through the Catholic Church.

“I can think of no better way to spend the rest of my life than as a member of the Christian clergy trying to respond to God’s call,” Carey said in his statement.

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thewhop2000
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thewhop2000 06/15/11 - 10:32 am
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Mr.Carey

Thank you for your public service, we may not always agree but you put yourself out there to help the community.

Reswald
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Reswald 06/15/11 - 11:11 am
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What a Whiner!

So King David has decided that he can't be mayor and run for re-election at the same time? I guess that means he thinks all Borough Mayors should be limited to a single term.

Or perhaps he's looked at the polls and realized he'd get his head handed to him if he tried, given how sick and tired the majority of borough voters are with his erratic behavior, arrogance, and general all-around stupidity.

Ooooh, and now he's hired a lawyer because he says he was scared by all the big, bad college students, who he claims harassed and intimidated him. Are these the same students that were "conned" into protesting his proposal to cut the college budget? What a load of hooey! If King David is such a wimp that a few college students protesting his actions as mayor can put such a scare into him that he needs a lawyer, then it's a darn good thing he's not running for re-election.

We need a mayor who's man (or woman!) enough to stand up for their beliefs, not one who changes them each time the wind shifts and then runs home crying anytime someone criticizes him.

The only down-side is that we still have to put up with this buffoon for another 4 months.

spwright
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spwright 06/15/11 - 11:32 am
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Wed. 6/15/11 THANK YOU MAYOR

Wed. 6/15/11
THANK YOU MAYOR DAVE CAREY ! for Your Service w/ KPBSD, SkyView High School, The City of Sloooooowdotna,
Kenai Peninsula Boro, The U S Army & Our Nation !

Yes I would Vote for You again.

& Yes there is Life after Working ! for a LifeTime.

Enjoy Doing God's Work !

Retiree SPW "Airborne"

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 06/15/11 - 01:23 pm
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No Re-Election

GOOD! GOODBYE!

BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 06/15/11 - 02:20 pm
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He lied to Me and insulted my neighborhood

Yea I know King David, I sat in his office and he told me if Ordinance 2010-36 was railroaded through he would use the V-word. Well guess what, the Ord flew through even though the Bor Planning Comm requested them to table the Ord. They didn't even ruffle a feather. Just blew the property rights and home peace and quiet of 250 Kenai residents and didn't mind one bit! You can have as sweet and NICE a life as you want but you need to avoid lying to folks about the sanctity of their homes. That was wrong dude, even if you are King David!

aspiecelia
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aspiecelia 06/15/11 - 04:48 pm
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aspiecelia

Do you love mankind as much as you love cats Mayor Carey?

igloo12
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igloo12 06/16/11 - 03:49 am
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Always a way to be negative......

"HATERS" Got to love them......

BornHere
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BornHere 06/16/11 - 06:14 am
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He is in his own little world.

I was saddened to observe Dave Carey's reaction to our local students. On one hand he lectured about the necessity of involvement in government, but on the other hand he handled it very badly when the students became involved due to his poor decision-making. I guess involvement only means getting involved on his behalf. How dare college students think for themselves...

His criticism of the students demonstrated that he is so full of himself that even college students are not allowed to legally and appropriately protest his decision to revoke funds that Peninsula voters--not Carey--assigned to their community college.
Really. The only thing treated badly was his ego. If he can't handle the job, he is right to just stop.

He needs a therapist, not a lawyer.

lilypad444
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lilypad444 06/17/11 - 12:34 pm
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Please.

Reswald, he is not hiring a lawyer against the students. Get your facts straight! And, bornhere, what did he say to criticize the students, and why does he need a therapist? There's still plenty of time to file if either of you think you can do a better job. And please don't speak for other people, I highly doubt you know how the "majority" of over 50,000 Peninsula residents feel.

Reswald
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Reswald 06/17/11 - 02:44 pm
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Give Me a Break

Not being a professional politician, like King David, I bow to his experience in assessing the political feeling of the Borough. Knowing what a total narcissist he is, the ONLY reason he wouldn't run for re-election is because he believes he doesn't have a snowball's chance in Hell of being re-elected.

You can drink that "I can't do my job as mayor and run" kool-aid if you want, but I'm not buying it.

As for the hiring a lawyer, he says in his statement that it is because of the "harassment and intimidation I experienced during February over college funding". Who the heck was he harassed and intimidated by, if not the students? Who else does an adjunct faculty member interact with? Sure, he'll go after the College (deep pockets, after all), but isn't it the actions of the students that he's really complaining about?

And for the love of Mike, how can a politician file a legal complaint about ANYTHING someone says to him regarding his official positions/actions? He's the Mayor, he teaches at the College, and he proposes cutting their budget by 5%. What did he think the students were going to do, give him a standing ovation?

If Carey had any spine at all, he'd make up his mind about something and then be willing to accept the political heat that comes with taking a position that may not be popular with everyone. That's called displaying leadership, which is something King David sorely lacks. Instead, he flip-flops back and forth on an issue (don't forget he rolled over on the funding for KPC, put it in his budget, THEN changed his mind again and tried to get the Assembly to take it out), and then cries foul and hires a lawyer.

As a Borough Mayor, Dave Carey is a joke. Unfortunately, nobody is laughing...

lilypad444
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lilypad444 06/17/11 - 03:00 pm
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Who else? Read the statement

Who else? Read the statement again.

BornHere
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BornHere 06/17/11 - 03:28 pm
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Lilypad...blind allegiance rarely stands against reality.

People are much more complex than perhaps (perhaps, I write, please note before you reply insisting that you know all)you prefer. I know who protested. I know personally the students, the citizens, who protested. Carey alleges one of them stated he was "conned" into protesting. I know the students who are baffled and angered by his allegation. I know what he said on the radio; what he said during meetings that addressed the protest; (and I am sorry to burst your bubble, if it is not made of cement, which it well may be) but in fact he is responsible for his words and actions, whether you were listening to the radio, or attending meetings, or reading remarks or not. Carey targets the director of KPC in his statement as I am sure you have noticed, even though the director of KPC has nothing to do with proposed legislation that would prohibit the mayor from receiving pay (which Carey has done) from organizations which receive (KPC receives voter-approved funds from the borough) funds from the borough.

Carey could potentially benefit from therapy in the following ways:
1. He could seek to understand why he changes his position with the wind.
2. He could seek to understand why students who legally protest are problematic to him; why he needs to write about one student whom he alleges made a comment about being "conned" (this implies deception. What deception?) rather than LISTENING to the many, many other people there who stick by their position.
3. He could seek to understand why he needs his authority to remain unquestioned; if he could tolerate this, he would communicate better and need lawyers less. I challenge him to demonstrate the "harm" he has "suffered" through his teaching activities (and let us define: it must be harm NOT caused by his own actions).
4. He could seek to understand why he looks to external, rather than internal factors, for the source of his paranoia over what he erroneously terms the "Director Gary Turner bill" (or some such nonsense). People suffering from paranoia always look to the external to blame what they, poor victim, are experiencing. Director Turner has nothing to do with the bill (look into it, please). Labeling it as Carey did is a disturbing action for a man who should know better. It indicates either an irrational paranoia, or a deliberate act to attempt to manipulate the public, the latter of which I think is worse for a man intending to join the clergy; so I am hoping for the former.
5. He could better understand his reasons for pursuing another station of power and influence over others before he takes on that power.
6. If he gains insight on the above he is much more likely to help, which I sincerely hope is his ultimate aim, rather than harm, the people who will look to him as a religious leader.

Lilypad, I hope this helps.

lilypad444
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lilypad444 06/17/11 - 03:54 pm
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