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Navarre, Sturman advance to battle in runoff

Posted: October 4, 2011 - 11:21pm  |  Updated: October 5, 2011 - 11:31am
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M. Scott Moon
Mike McBride campaigns at daybreak Tuesday on the corner of Bridge Access Road and the Kenai Spur Highway. “I was out here a little before seven,” McBride said. “I was the first one here.”

Soldotna resident and Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidate Fred Sturman used one phrase to describe how he felt about the results of Tuesday's election.

"I'm shocked," he said with a laugh.

With all but the absentee ballots counted, Sturman gathered enough votes to place in a runoff election for the borough mayor's seat - currently held by David Carey - with former borough mayor and state legislator Mike Navarre.

"They have all been in politics all their lives," Sturman said of four of the other five candidates who competed for the seat. "I never really have, and I speak my piece, but I never thought I would get this far."

With 26 of 27 precincts reporting, Navarre nabbed 38.61 percent, or 3,187 votes, in Tuesday's election, which was more than 1,232 votes than Sturman, but not enough to win the seat outright. Sturman gathered 1,955 votes, or 23.69 percent.

Former borough mayor Dale Bagley came in third with 15.53 percent, or 1,282 votes; former assembly member Debbie Brown gathered 12.27 percent, or 1,013; former assembly member Gary Superman gathered 7.80 percent, or 644 votes; Nikiski resident Tim O'Brien received 148 votes, or 1.79 percent.

"It's definitely a good portion of the vote, but it's not over, obviously," Navarre said.

Navarre said he was expecting to pull about 40 percent of the borough vote and was confident heading into the day Tuesday.

He said he is "cautiously optimistic, but (it's) something that's in voters' hands."

"I am very pleased with the votes I got today and I am very pleased with the reception around the borough as I have traveled around," he said. "It is really up to the voters and it really is going to be determined by the turnout in the runoff. It's whose voters get out to vote and in a runoff that's just critically important."

Navarre said he wasn't surprised to see Sturman come in second. He thought the vote had been "split up" between Brown, Sturman and Bagley.

"I thought Fred was kind of surging at the right time," he said. "He ran a good campaign and he has definitely had the anti-tax message."

"I'm going to work hard at it for the next couple of weeks and hopefully get a good turnout," he said.

Sturman said getting into a runoff election was what he had hoped for when he decided to run and he wasn't surprised by his competition, even though he thought Bagley would be his closest competition.

"I'm overwhelmed that the community started listening to my message that I've been preaching for a long time, but we are spending more money than we can afford to spend and I am just overwhelmed," he said.

Coming into the day Tuesday, Sturman said he wasn't nervous.

"I was just hoping that the people would take my message and I believe that they did that we can't keep spending this money, this is a great place to live and if we all work together, we can do more with less and we must to survive," he said.

Bagley said he was disappointed and thought the "conservative vote" was broken up among himself, Brown and Sturman.

"I thought I was going to be able to put together a big enough group of people to get into the runoff, but obviously not and we'll just have to watch and see how it all pans out," he said.

Brown said she finished "respectfully" in the results. She said she "may have misgauged" her support, "but that's what a race is." However, she thinks voters haven't yet "grasped" her "urgent messages."

However, she said she would remain active in the political process because "it would not be kind of me" to not.

"This is not going to take the smile off my face," she said.

O'Brien and Superman could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Borough clerk Johni Blankenship said the results of the election would be certified by Tuesday and the runoff election will be held on Oct. 25.

Brian Smith can be reached at brian.smith@peninsulaclarion.com.

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kenaibear2001
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kenaibear2001 10/05/11 - 06:49 am
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Mayor

Looks as if the sleeping giant may be awakening... Career Politicians will soon be, like Unions, a thing that will be talked about in History Class. Time to put the Career Politician to bed, once and for all.... vote Fred!

spwright
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spwright 10/05/11 - 07:17 am
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Voter Turn Out ? 10/5/11

Wed. 10/5/11
Question ? Does anyone know the exact numbers for the
Voter Turn Out ? How many Americans made the time to vote ?

SPW "Airborne"

akal
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akal 10/05/11 - 09:19 am
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conservative

each of the candidates should reveal their debt and we would see who was the true fiscal conservative. vote Fred !!!!

spwright
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spwright 10/05/11 - 10:53 am
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Voting Numbers 10/5/11

Wed. 10/5/11
Just listened to Sound Off & Duane stated that ONLY 26%
of the Registered Voters turned Out to Vote.
26% of over 42,000 Adults of Voting age on the Peninsula.

Senate Dist. Q House Dist. 33 Kasilof Residents that Vote at the Sports Center in Soldotna.
1,345 Registered Voters & ONLY 577 Turned Out to Vote
18%

Once again, i sincerely believe that the ONLY way to get 100% Voter Turn Out is to take the Permanent Fund Dividend
from those Residents that do NOT Vote.

VOTER APATHY is OUR OWN WORST ENEMY.

SPW "Airborne"

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 10/05/11 - 11:08 am
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Voter turnouts

SPW I had read in an article in the Clarion that the turnout was only about 20% of those eligible, If you tied their PFD to a vote can you imagine some of votes they would cast even if they could locate their polling places! I assume they would vote for every name that they had heard of so it would just be a rubber stamp for the same ole same ole.

soldotna
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soldotna 10/05/11 - 12:48 pm
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Why the Union vote will win 90% of the time

A guy like Fred will never win because A guy like Navarre has the union vote.

The way voting works *fair or unfair* is that all the union people in the city and borough get time off to go vote and most the voting booths are at City Hall and the Borough building.

So if you have the union vote you already have a higher percentage of votes.

I've never really understood this system and how its fair for everyone that runs for an office but I also am not sure how you would fix it to make it more fair.

BTW this is not a vote for Fred or Navarre thing this is just something i have seen and thought I would being it to someones attention.

spwright
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spwright 10/05/11 - 06:45 pm
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Silence 10/5/11

Is this the same "soldotna" that stated earlier today that You do NOT Vote ?

Sorry, You do not have a voice or opinion cuz You have chosen not to participate in democracy.

The SILENCE is Deafening, I can't seem to hear You.

SPW

soldotna
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soldotna 10/06/11 - 05:08 pm
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I bring up a possible issue

And the best you can do is try and attack me and embellish on what i have said pertaining to another story.

Congratulations for not being smart enough to just read a statement or at least come back with a good rebuttal.

So your the kind of person that just need to hear there own voice even if it has nothing to do with anything.

I think Silence is a good name for you because that's what most people should be hearing from you.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 10/10/11 - 02:11 pm
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A resonse to the "Union Vote"

Soldotna, You have to understand that SPW is very involved in the political process and almost hates that fail to cast a vote. Apparently you had posted that you didn't vote and he took offense at your posting about the election. I personally don't feel the union vote is near as important as it was in the past since most unions exist only to line the pockets of it's officers and could care less about the members as long as their dues keep on flowing in. The only way to fix this glitch in the system is to make the employees follow the same rules as the general public has to follow.

ManInBlack
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ManInBlack 10/11/11 - 09:01 am
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You can't be serious.....

Fred Sturman?!?! If you listen to Fred and believe his "promises", you need to go back to school. I like Fred as a person, outside politics, he is quite amicable and has a good sense of humor. However, he is promising things that the mayor has no power or control over. Namely taxation issues. The borough mayor has no ability to "cap" or otherwise limit property assessments. Likewise, Fred has said to STATE REPS that one of his first moves will be to stop accepting monies from the state, for the borough... Fred states that there are "too many strings attached" to school and road money received from the state... So Fred has promised to "lower assessments" (State law issue), lower the mil rate, AND stop receiving money from the State (which would result in a HUGE INCREASE of borough taxes to cover schools and road maintenance)... That there my friends shows Freds GREAT LACK of understanding of how they system works at all. Sorry Fred, they're nice sentiments but legal issues aside, your "plan" is a recipe for disaster.

spwright
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spwright 10/11/11 - 09:14 am
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ACT Committee 10/11/11

Tue 10/11/11
Not only does Fred Sturman not understand, the ACT Committee does not understand also.

The ACT screams & hollers for reduced Taxes & Less Spending & that results in the Loss of Jobs for Teachers & School Custodians.
Upper Management & the Elite are NOT touched, only those Employees at the School Level, that Do the Work are Laid Off
during these Budget Crisis.

I sincerely Respect Fred Sturman but I can not vote for someone that is going to cause Lay Offs of School Dist Employees.

SPW "Airborne"

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 10/11/11 - 10:21 am
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Education layoffs

Folks, Can anyone name any industry that automatically gets a pay raise every year just because they have another year of experience? School employees have been receiving this for many years and many of them are actually slowing down and producing much less but still have their jobs due to seniority issues in their contracts. While education is important it is up to the parents to demand and provide a learning environment for their children. I feel that a 10% across the board pay cut is due for all school employees.

ManInBlack
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ManInBlack 10/11/11 - 10:36 am
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ACT....

You're correct SPW. Another frightening scenario if Fred becomes mayor is that his puppetmaster (mike mcbride) will be his chief of staff... That would be setting this borough up for failure like nothing else.

witchwitch
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witchwitch 10/11/11 - 10:51 pm
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More subterfuge from ManInBlack....

The unsupported statements from ManInBlack are simply scare tactics from an individual that does not want to see change in the way that the Borough does business.

I'd like to see some FACTS to support any foolish accusation. Fear tactics used to support the status quo does not add substance to this campaign.

One of the primary reasons that there is support for Fred is that he is honest and is a man of integrity. Fred does support ACT as has the people who have voted in EVERY ACT initiative that Fred has carried. (Fred did support the 2002 grocery tax exemption initiative that failed to pass, but that was not an ACT initiative).

ACT promoted Borough term limits, lowered the cap for capital projects requiring voter approval and term limits twice. ACT has two cases before the Alaskan Supreme Court supporting the rights of the people and has fought for citizens' rights for years.

The Borough has fought against ALL ballot initiatives and have watered down or subverted ballot initiatives approved by the people. Those who wish to rule and dictate, rather than serve and represent the people are frightened that they are going to lose their iron grip on their power to legislate away YOUR right to address issues through the initiative process.

Taking the current path is a path for failure, with rising budgets, increasing taxes every year and an Assembly that rules, rather than represents.

Fred will represent the people and not special interests. His interest is not in gaining power or favor for the select few. Fred represents change that is past due within our Borough.

Norseman
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Norseman 10/12/11 - 08:08 am
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mayor

Clearly our only choice is Navarre. Fred would be better off staying on sound off every day along with debbie brown.

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