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Porter in lead, absentees yet to be counted

Posted: October 1, 2013 - 10:55pm  |  Updated: October 2, 2013 - 11:44am

With absentee ballots yet to be counted, Pat Porter holds a narrow lead in the Kenai mayoral race with 553 votes to challenger Bob Molloy’s 521 votes.

Still pending, however, are absentee ballots, according to the city clerk's office. 

Election results will be certified at the city’s Oct. 16 council meeting. First, the city’s canvass board must review all its absentee ballots Oct. 8, according to the city clerk’s office.

But Porter is not nervous. She’s positive.

“Positive for Kenai, that’s what I try to do,” she said. “We’ll see what happens when the absentees get counted.”

Kenai resident Natalie Kohler said she voted for Porter because the mayor is hard working and she represents the city well.

“I think she can do it one more time,” she said.

Porter also has no political agenda, Jim Magee said. The mayor only has the community in mind, and she lives locally, he said.

For Molloy, it’s too soon for the city to declare its mayor.

“She’s 32 votes ahead, absentee votes still to be counted, so it’s still close,” he said.

The race is now out of his hands. He’s not nervous, either; he has a council meeting tonight and business to attend to. He ran a good campaign and people responded to it, he said.

Porter ran a good campaign, too, he said.

If re-elected, Porter plans to move the community forward in a way to attract residents and businesses, she said.

While Molloy saw the area of Willow Street, both sides of the Kenai Spur Highway, Vintage Pointe Manor, Millennium Square and the Kenai Municipal Airport as the city’s center, Porter said the heart of the city is Leif Hansen Memorial Park.

Porter also supported the comprehensive plan and the commercial development it proposed along the sections of the Kenai Spur Highway before it was repealed.

She said the city should negotiate with businesses to encourage development in its limits.

This story has been updated to clarify its second paragraph.  

Dan Schwartz can be reached at daniel.schwartz@peninsulaclarion.com.

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corinnep
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corinnep 10/02/13 - 01:51 pm
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Pat Porter = No Class

Maybe Bob Molloy was too much of a gentlemen to call out Pat Porter, but the 50% of us who voted no on Porter are not. Her spin in this article shows it is business as usual with her. Pretending like her and her allies didn't receive a major b--- kicking on Proposition 1. Pretending like she isn't clinging by her fingernails to the mayor position, to which she seems to feel she has some kind of entitlement. Just generally showing no class as usual.

Aklemenz
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Aklemenz 10/02/13 - 03:51 pm
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Corinnep=no class

You have no class. How does staying positive create spin and show a sense of entitlement? How does this equal no class? be specific in your statements, don't generalize.

907lady
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907lady 10/02/13 - 06:25 pm
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Mayor

Thank you Mayor Porter! You have given numerous years and countless hours to our community.
There are many that support you and will continue to do so throughout your next term of service as Mayor. I have voted for you every election and will continue to do so for as long as you shall run.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 10/03/13 - 12:23 pm
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So what's the count, who won?

So what's the count, who won? Surely it does not take this long to count a few votes does it. Just wondering from our quant little village of Ridgeway county that's between the two mayoral controlled counties of Kenai and Slowdotna.

Allen
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Allen 10/03/13 - 06:06 pm
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Kenai Is Divided

907Lady must recognize that our community is divided, and that close to 50% of us voted against Pat Porter for Mayor and what she stands for. I would hope that this very close vote would provide some understanding and humility to this incumbent but according to this article, it looks like that is not the case.

Allen
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Allen 10/03/13 - 06:23 pm
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Biased Article

I gave Dan Schwartz a thumbs up for writing more articles about Kenai politics in another post, but I have to give him a thumbs down for this slanted article. Since the mayor race is so close why not be fair and interview someone who voted for Bob Molloy? And where did he get these people to interview anyway? Jim Magee obviously did not get educated about either candidate.

Aklemenz
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Aklemenz 10/04/13 - 07:43 am
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Divided? Possibly...

According to this article 1074 people voted the day of the election, I'll say generously 150 voted absentee. Kenai's population is around 7,000, that leaves 5,776 people unaccounted. Kenai might possibly be divided, but you can't draw that conclusion by this election.
907Lady was sharing her own opinion and thanking the Mayor for her time... she doesn't have to recognize anything.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 10/06/13 - 07:24 am
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Still no answer on the

Still no answer on the winner? If they need someone to count and add I can do that better than I spell, a lot better and I would have the simple math answer of who won long ago.

Aklemenz
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Aklemenz 10/06/13 - 01:36 pm
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Answers

Absentee ballots have one week after the election to get in. However they have to be be postmarked no later than election day. I believe the winner will be declared on Tuesday October 8th.

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