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Navarre the best choice for borough mayor

Posted: October 22, 2011 - 1:56pm  |  Updated: October 24, 2011 - 10:13am

On Tuesday, Kenai Peninsula Borough residents have the opportunity to select the person who will be responsible for charting the course of the borough over the next three years.

It’s been an interesting campaign season, extended by the runoff election. First and foremost, we’d like to commend all seven candidates who threw their hat into the ring for the position of borough mayor. It takes courage and commitment to run for public office, and we applaud those who are willing to serve.

We also commend each candidate for the positive tenor of this campaign. The candidates each have taken the high road over the past few months, sticking to issues and philosophies, rather than mud slinging. Thank you; your actions have gone a long way toward restoring trust and respect for local government.

Just as each candidate has carefully weighed their decision to run for office, we’d ask that voters carefully consider each candidates’ qualifications before making a final decision.

The two candidates in the runoff election, Mike Navarre and Fred Sturman, have brought very different styles to the campaign trail, and would certainly bring very different management styles to the mayor’s office.

When it comes down to management style, Mike Navarre is our pick for borough mayor. And when we start to look at the substance behind each candidate’s style, our choice is even more clear.

Fred Sturman is a likeable man. We appreciate his activism on behalf of borough residents. But he has indicated that he will not be a hands-on manager of the borough, delegating the day-to-day operations to a yet to be named staff while he would dedicate his time to “setting the tone.”

Navarre, on the other hand, has indicated that he intends to be hands-on when it comes to managing the borough, perhaps even forgoing a chief of staff and instead designating assistants to stay on top of specific issues vital to the borough’s interests, such as health care and oil and gas.

Our borough does not operate with a borough manager. We expect our mayor to serve as the borough’s top executive and top administrative officer. We expect the mayor to be hands-on, to be immersed in the job of running the Kenai Peninsula Borough — which is essentially a multi-million dollar corporation.

What’s more, we believe Navarre has the skills and experience, in both the public and private sectors, to manage the borough from his first day on the job.

Our borough is in good shape, but we can see rough seas ahead. A number of complex issues that will affect the borough’s future have yet to be resolved. Our next borough mayor needs to have a steady hand at the helm. Our mayor needs to be knowledgeable, experienced, responsive, and accountable. Mike Navarre has those qualities, and we believe he will do an excellent job as borough mayor.
Whether you agree with us or not, the results of Tuesday’s election will impact borough government, and all that it entails, for the next three years. Please vote.

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witchwitch
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witchwitch 10/24/11 - 03:24 pm
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There are likely to be rough seas ahead....

We need a Borough Mayor who has the vision and commitment to fix what is broken and to manage the Borough in the best interests of the people, not special interests.

Mike Navarre promoted Proposition One, to end the grocery tax exemption that helps local families cope with food costs during our down economy. Fred Sturman cosponsored the original grocery tax initiative in 2008 and has fought to protect and sustain the exemption that voters approved by opposing the Borough's proposition to end our exemption.

Last year, Mr. Navarre promoted the borough construction of a multi-million dollar inflatable dome project. He wants to spend your tax dollars for another project that taxpayers may not be able to sustain in the future. We are forced to pay high taxes and continue to deficit spend because our Borough Administration and Assembly cannot say no to such government growth projects. They are spending tax dollars and creating more debt which insures that taxes must continue to increase to pay for all their well intentioned projects. Soldotna already has a Sports Center right down the road from the proposed dome project location. Borough citizens don't need another government project to fund through higher property taxes.

Fred Sturman is against unsustainable growth within Borough government. Vote for sanity, not vanity and another government project to be sustained by Borough taxpayers.

My vote is for the future, for a sustainable future and more affordable taxation. Please vote for Fred Sturman this Tuesday to be YOUR Borough Mayor.

Wolfe_Tone
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Wolfe_Tone 10/24/11 - 07:56 pm
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Just who are Fred's supporters?

It's pretty obvious, in viewing the vehement and vaguely factual but mostly made-up attacks on Navarre, that Fred's supporters will say virtually anything, including distorting the truth, to get their guy elected.

Since I know who some of them are, it would be fascinating to watch all those "anti-government" types line up for the jobs they're anticipating as their reward... jobs that would put THEM in control, since Fred has already pretty much said he will hire people to run the Borough, and he will wander across the Peninsula, shaking hands and "drinking coffee"with folks.

Fred's supporters have proven that Mike Navarre is the best choice... and not Fred "Strawman."

jimbob
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jimbob 10/24/11 - 08:40 pm
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All the More Reason

The Clarion's endorsement of Navarre is all the more reason to vote FRED. It is a sad spectacle in this land when tiny newspapers present the opinion of their editorial board rather than a PRO and CON format. As to the supposed management style of each candidate which the Clarion relies on, is a dubious reason. Does it seem reasonable that Navarre will be more " hands on" that Sturman? I doubt it. One question that is obvious, is how can Navarre( who stated in the Clarion interview that things get nearly overwhelming at times) manage all of his Arby and Radio Shack interests and still have enough time and energy to run a business as large as the Kenai Borough?? Navarre is a nice enough guy, but he had his chance. Do we want more of what we already have had, or do we want an honest hardworking person with the time to put in to our Borough? It is a specious argument that somehow Sturman can't do the job but Navarre can because he says he will have a hands on approach. Sorry Clarion your endorsement probably has more to do with the advertizing revenue from Navarre's businesses that anything else. I am voting FRED.

Wolfe_Tone
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Wolfe_Tone 10/25/11 - 08:21 am
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Ummm....that's what editorial boards DO, Jimbob.

Jimbob,

Editorial boards of newspapers endorse candidates or take positions on issues all the time. Hence, the whole concept of an "editorial."

To clarify it for you:

ed·i·to·ri·al/ˌediˈtôrēəl/
Noun: A newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a topical issue.

With the sheer volume of letters to the editor in the last week or so, combined with the front page in-depth interviews and coverage of both candidates, how in the heck can you say (at least with a straight face) that the Peninsula Clarion has not provided an adequate PRO and CON format?

The Clarion editorial board interviewed both candidates. Based on that interview, and the answers provided by both, the board decided to make an endorsement. They chose who they thought was the best-qualified person for the job.

You don't like their decision, I get that.

But Jimbob, your "Does it seem reasonable that Navarre will be more " hands on" that Sturman? I doubt it" comment is absurd.

As I pointed out above - Fred has already stated that he will "hire people" to run the Borough, and he will wander across the Peninsula, shaking hands and "drinking coffee" with folks.

That doesn't sound "hands-on" to any thinking person.
It sounds like Fred wants a $99,000 salary for wandering around and drinking coffee, while his ACT handlers do the actual, you know, "work."

akal
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akal 10/25/11 - 09:43 am
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pro Fred comments getting deleated

now we see just why the pro Fred comments are being deleated . someone at the paper wants Fred to lose. if you want someone who cares about taxes and has fought for a better Kenai Pennisula, VOTE FRED !!!!

talkofthekenai16
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talkofthekenai16 10/25/11 - 10:56 am
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MIKE HAS HAD HIS CHANCE

MIKE SERVED ONE TERM AS BOROUGH MAYOR, THEN WAS VOTED OUT IN HIS BID FOR A 2ND TERM, DALE BAGLEY SERVED 2 TERMS AS BOROUGH MAYOR AND WAS TERMED OUT, HE RAN AGAIN THIS YEAR THE VOTERS SAID NO, MIKE HAS SERVED, DALE HAS SERVED, JOHN HAS SERVED, AND DAVE CAREY HAS SERVED, IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE AND A NEW OUTLOOK FOR THE BOROUGH, THE CHOICE IS CLEAR FRED STURMAN FOR BOROUGH MAYOR

Norseman
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Norseman 10/25/11 - 01:27 pm
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caps lock on

All caps just shows that yelling the loudest and longest just makes you look desperate.

akal
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akal 10/25/11 - 03:37 pm
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best qualified

Fred is best qualified as he has common sense, that you can't get from higher education, it is obtained from long years of studying the school of life. we have a Harvard professor as president and just look where that has gotten us. vote Fred because he can keep the Kenai Peninsula in better financial shape than his opposition.

Norseman
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Norseman 10/25/11 - 06:19 pm
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sheesh

Amnesia again. How can you forget and dismiss what happened PRIOR to Obama getting elected.

Bush had 8 years...8 years... 8 years to get us into 2 wars that we had no business being in and the WORST financial mess since the great depression.

It wouldn't matter who took office after bush, the problems were inherited and now we have such a gridlock in the house and senate NOBODY can compromise on anything. The republicans will not agree to anything the President tries to do. Their only goal is to make him a 1 term president. In the meantime we all suffer because of this BS.

The repubs even critized him for removing the troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. Everyone should be cheering this...but not the repubs with an election coming up.

President Obama stepped into a complete and total disaster left from geo bush. A do nothing house and senate just completes the job.

We will know soon enough which man gets elected. In the meantime recognize that we are not the enemy. We being your fellow Americans whatever political party you belong to. Sooner or later people need to wake up and realize that we need to work together regardless of politics. If this keeps up, we are done as a superpower.

jimbob
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jimbob 10/25/11 - 07:47 pm
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Fools Abound

Horsepan do you know that this posting is about who is the better candidate for borough mayor? No one reading these postings cares what your opinion is about Obama. Are you suffering from attention deficit disorder? Sober up and try to focus. Stay with us, we will speak real plain and simple and repeat if necessary so you can participate but stay on subject. Vote for FRED, the BEST choice for Mayor!!

kenai_kid
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kenai_kid 10/25/11 - 08:09 pm
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@ Jimbob

Hamilton, Monroe, Madison, Troup, Jefferson, Burr ... all patriots... who founded, sponsored or supported newspapers that expressed political opinion and endorsements of candidates.

Kenai
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Kenai 10/26/11 - 07:10 am
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Re: Jimbob / Founders

And most of those were "career politicians" too!

kenai_kid
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kenai_kid 10/27/11 - 08:23 pm
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Career Politicians

Kenai, I think you made an argument for career politicians. Undeniably, our country would not exist with the liberties it affords us without the likes of Hamilton, Troup, Jefferson, Burr, Madison or Monroe.

Kenai
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Kenai 10/28/11 - 10:53 am
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Bingo

I WAS making an argument for career politicians. "Career politician" seems to be the negative buzz-phrase of late, in which anyone who has ever been selected by the voters to represent them instantly is deemed either corrupt, a liar, slimy, or all of the above and more.

I hear a lot of talk about respecting the vote of the people, but no one is ever screaming about respecting the vote of the people when it comes to someone who has been elected by the voters.

kenai_kid
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kenai_kid 10/28/11 - 05:51 pm
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Of the Same mind @ Kenai.

We're of the same mind after all! We, the voters hold the term limits!

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