Sprague: Keep Soldotna moving in a good direction

It has been an honor and a privilege to have served the people of the greater Soldotna area both in my former profession and as a previously elected council and assembly member. I have found that being a local elected official is a way to give back to the community, and after a year of reflection, I am seeking to serve on the Soldotna City Council once again.

In the Clarion Candidate Questionnaire, I mentioned two economic engines, Central Peninsula Hospital and Kenai Peninsula College, which are located in Soldotna. I am proud of my efforts on behalf of these institutions. As an assembly member, I supported the growth and expansion of the hospital facilities and services, which have helped to make it a first-class health provider. I have served on the KPC College Council for twelve years, during which time the college has seen a huge growth in enrollment, as well as the institution of new programs. With construction of the Career and Technical Center and student housing on the horizon, once again we are well-positioned for the future.

One other area of concern to me is the continued health and vitality of the Kenai River. My record demonstrates my belief that habitat protection is crucial as Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula continue to grow. Issues such as future development along the river, and the location of the waste water treatment plant will continue to be important as we preserve the health and vitality of the river.

Soldotna has been moving in a good direction, but we face an uncertain future. I believe that my experience and demonstrated leadership at the local, state, and national levels will be an asset as we face challenges and opportunities in the future.

Your consideration and your support are appreciated.

Please be sure to vote on October 4.

Thank you.

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