Anyone who follows state politics knows we are at a crossroads — many decisions critical to this area’s future require action and we need leaders with vision and resolve to make them.
On Tuesday the ballot box will open and each and every one of us will have an opportunity to choose who will be making those decisions for us.
For many districts, this primary election is the general election as three of the Peninsula’s five seats in the House and Senate will be decided. There are also two propositions that need a decision — one concerning property taxes and the other on our coastal zones and how they are managed.
But how many residents will vote? If past elections are any indication, well, you get the point.
Election Day should hold a priority in our lives, but it is unfortunately often forgotten or left alone by the majority of area voters. What does it say about our society when fewer — far fewer — than half of us take five minutes out of our day to cast a ballot? Is it that we don’t care or that we trust everyone else to make our decisions for us? That doesn’t sound like a very Alaskan trait to us at all.
They say if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. We’d agree.
Moreover, because of our state’s size, many of the decisions made in Juneau have immediate effects and will greatly affect the way we live, work and play. Industry, oil, fisheries, tourism, economy, health and many other industries are influenced and shaped by those elected to represent us.
If you already planned to head to the ballot box and don’t need any convincing, we’d take this chance to nudge you one step further and do a last few minutes of research on the candidates and propositions. Voting is a privilege, but being an educated voter makes you a community asset.
So, enough of that lecture, here’s where you can go vote:
Central — Soldotna Sports Center
Funny River 1 — Funny River Community Center
Funny River 2 — KPB Assembly Chambers
K-Beach — Kalifornsky Beach Fire Station
Kasilof — Kasilof Fire Station
Kenai No. 1 — Kenai Mall (Old Carrs Mall)
Kenai No. 2 — Challenger Learning Center
Kenai No. 3 — Kenai Senior Center
Mackey Lake — KPB Assembly Chambers
Nikiski — Nikiski Senior Center
Ninilchik — Ninilchik Senior Center
Salamatof — Nikiski Fire Hall No. 1
Soldotna — Soldotna City Hall
Sterling 1 — CES Sterling Fire Station
Sterling 2 — Sterling Baptist Church
Here are the candidates, one last time:
House District 28
Nikiski, Sterling, Hope, Seward
* Mike Chenault — R
House District 29
Kenai, Soldotna, Kalifornsky
* Gary Knopp — R
* Kurt Olson — R
House District 30
Kasilof, Funny River, Ninilchik, Homer
* Jon Faulkner — R
* Paul Seaton – R
* Elizabeth Diament — D
Senate District N
Nikiski, Sterling, Hope, Seward, Girdwood
* Joe Arness — R
* Cathy Giessel — R
* Ron Devon — I
Senate District O
Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof, Homer
* Peter Micciche — R
* Tom Wagoner — R