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Porter: Mayor must be active, responsive

Posted: September 24, 2013 - 7:39pm  |  Updated: September 24, 2013 - 7:53pm

Thank you for choosing me to serve as your mayor for the past three years. We are all fortunate to live in Kenai, so rich in history and surrounded by the Kenai River and Alaska mountains. The citizens of Kenai decided at incorporation that the City would be a “strong city manager” form of government. Simply put, that means that the City Council adopts and provides policy direction to a city manager who is responsible to the Council for the operations of our city. The City charter provides for a few extra duties and responsibilities for the Mayor from that of another Council members. The mayor presides over council meetings and work sessions, and the Mayor nominates members of Boards and Commissions to the Council. Other than that the Mayor is really no different than any other member of Council. In Kenai the Mayor does not have the power to veto Council actions. Though not a requirement of the Mayor’s office, I have been a tireless advocate for Kenai and its citizens. Whether it is to meet with local business or civic groups that have had recent tragic event happen, helping them find avenues to keep their anchored in our community, organizing neighborhood clean-up event in Central Heights, or welcoming every new business that comes to Kenai. I make it a point to be actively involved in our community and look for ways that government can be responsive to the citizens it serves. Beautification projects, improvement to the Veterans Memorial, special projects at the senior center and expansion of our playgrounds and parks. Being an active effective leader is paramount in the duties of Kenai Mayor

My opponent, Councilman Bob Molloy, has made comments about Kenai City Government. At the Chamber of Commerce debate Councilman Molloy stated that it was his goal to “restore integrity to City Government”, and in a campaign flyer he states “As Mayor, I will rebuild confidence in our City Government – It’s Time.” While these statements are good campaign rhetoric they fail to provide any specific information. So statements such as these beg the questions. Do the citizens of Kenai feel that their local government lacks integrity, do they lack confidence in their elected officials, and if so, what specifically would Councilman Molloy accomplish as Mayor that he has been unsuccessful in addressing during the past eight years he has served on the city council?

I am proud of the work accomplished, and the manner in which the citizens of Kenai have been represented, by the City Council, and by me, as your Mayor. As with any elected body, there are disagreements, politics is occasionally messy, but I never lose sight of two important principals, as your Mayor I must do my absolute best to represent each and every person in the City, and to never take for granted the importance of the responsibilities entrusted to elected officials by the electorate.

I would be honored to receive your vote on October 1st.

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