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Soldotna declares vacancy, mayor steps down

Posted: January 9, 2013 - 10:49pm  |  Updated: January 10, 2013 - 10:45am

The Soldotna City Council announced Wednesday during a brief special meeting a vacancy in the office of the mayor. Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche’s resignation was effective as of 5 p.m.

The council declared an April 2 special election to replace Micciche. The interim mayor will serve for the remainder of Micciche’s term, which expires on Oct. 2014. Vice Mayor Brenda Hartman will handle mayoral duties until a new mayor is elected.

Micciche personally requested Hartman to fill the role.

“I feel I have a great team to back me up, and I will fill the position as best I can,” Hartman said after the meeting.

April is the earliest the city can hold its special election. It filed a pre-clearance application with the United States Department of Justice. The application ensures no election rules have been broken, and the national agency has 90 days to review it.

Micciche is transitioning to serve in the Alaska State Senate. During last year’s Republican state primary, he defeated former Sen. Tom Wagoner, who had served in the Senate since 2003.

“I look forward to see what he does in Juneau,” said Council Member Regina Daniels.

Micciche did not attend Tuesday’s meeting. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 23.


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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 01/10/13 - 12:26 pm
Elect Fred

Yesterday i said some things that we not nice about past Mayors selling their sould basically for higher self advancements. Even though this may be true, the form or words i used were not apropriate or nessary, and for that choice of words i do appoligize.
My thought is to Elect Fred Sterman and give him a chance. Fred can't be any worse than what we have in the past and i truly believe that Fred cares for people above self advancements or higher power. The other thing is maybe there needs to be a cost added to all that run for office then abandone those offices which causes major costs of time and money to replace them. Just wondering out loud about this seemingly epidimic trend stste wide, but much more here on the kenai it seems.
Elect Fred, and save your Bread.

JOAT 01/11/13 - 09:17 am
Great campaign slogan

"Elect Fred cuz he cain't be 'ny worse 'n that other guy who wuz in thar."

Aim low. Brilliant.

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