Yerly: Keep Peninsula a place for people to call home

Why am I running for Borough Assembly? It’s pretty simple, I am running because I love the Peninsula and want it to be a place my sons can grow up and raise a family. My wife and I both grew up in Anchor Point, we have moved to different areas of the Kenai, we have even left a few times, but we always come back. Early last year we found a place that we plan to stay in for a long time. I hope that if given the chance to represent my family and yours on the Borough Assembly, I can ensure this is a place more people will be able to stay and make a living. We have a great way of life right now if we choose, and my goal will be to keep it that way. We don’t need over reaching legislation that takes away our right to choose that lifestyle, but we also don’t need to go to the other extreme of no regulation or personal responsibility to your community.

I hope to serve you as a representative, not a politician. There are different styles and theories of how an elected official should act. That of “I was voted for so I must know better and can do as I see fit”, or, “I have been chosen to represent my peers, all my peers, not just those that voted for me, or agree with me 100%, but all the people effected by my decisions.” I have done a lot of things in my life. I have had to do different jobs to get by. We have had good times and hard times. I am a real person who knows how real life decisions effect people. One of the things that made me successful in business and in life is the ability to see other people’s point of view and even if I don’t agree, understand why they believe what they do. I am very open minded and if what you believe turns out to be right, as I have to admit I am not always the one that is, I have no problem admitting my mistake and using it as a chance to learn.

It seems I am standing the middle ground of a three way race, and as such, my opinion on any issue brought up will be lost to the extremes on either side of me. So instead, I have chosen to take this chance to show you that I am a normal guy that you may not always agree with, but you will always know why I say what I say and know it’s the truth. I hope that through this short column you can get to know who I am, instead of just my stance on a few issues.

Thank you for considering me to represent you, I hope to have the chance to keep this Borough a place we can all be proud to call home.

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