Now is your chance to contribute to your community

If you’ve ever had a conversation about local government that included the phrase, “If I were in office, here’s what I’d do ...,” then now is your chance.

The regular municipal election for the Kenai Peninsula Borough is Oct. 2, and it’s coming up faster than you might think. The filing period for candidates for borough offices, as well as elected offices in Kenai and Soldotna, opens Wednesday and closes at the end of the business day on Aug. 15.

There are three seats up for election on the school board — Kenai, Sterling/Funny River, and Homer. Due to reapportionment, four seats will be on the October ballot for the borough assembly — Kalifornsky, Kenai, East Peninsula and South Peninsula.

For those who might be interested in diving in to public service, but not quite ready for a run for the school board or assembly, there are numerous borough service area boards in need of candidates. Service area boards provide valuable input to the assembly and borough administration, and are an excellent way to learn the ropes of borough government.

More information about borough elections, including candidate filing forms and a complete list of seats up for election, is available at http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/assembly-clerk/elections/candidate-forms-information. You can reach the borough clerk’s office at 907-714-2160.

In Kenai, there are two city council seats on the ballot. For more information, got to http://www.ci.kenai.ak.us/clerk_council.html or contact the city clerk’s office at 283-7535, extension 231.

In Soldotna, there are three city council seats up for election, Seat A, Seat C, and Seat E. For information about running for Soldotna City Council, visit http://www.ci.soldotna.ak.us/city_clerk.htm or call 907-262-9107.

Participation in local government truly is public service. It’s an opportunity help in making decisions that affect us right where we live. It’s a chance to help shape our community, and to do things that improve the quality of life for our family, friends and neighbors.

So, share your ideas and concerns. Get involved — now is the time.

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