Editor's note: This editorial has been updated to correct the polling locations for Sterling Nos. 1 and 2 and Nikiski precintcs.
National politics may be grabbing the spotlight right now, but on Tuesday, Kenai Peninsula voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on how our local government operates — by electing candidates for the borough assembly, city governments and numerous service area boards, as well as deciding several ballot propositions.
On the central Kenai Peninsula, voters in Nikiski, Soldotna and the Central district will be picking assembly members, while voters in the Kalifornsky district will be picking a new school board member. Soldotna voters will be picking city council members, while Kenai voters will be selecting a mayor, council members and several city ballot propositions.
And if you don’t happen to live in a district with assembly, school board or mayoral or city council candidates, it’s still important to get to the polling place on Tuesday, as the boroughwide ballot propositions include measures on term limits for assembly members, property tax exemptions and bonds to repair school buildings — all of which will have an impact, no matter which district you call home.
Likewise, there are candidates for the various service area boards across the Peninsula, and those candidates will play a critical role in determining how services are delivered.
In other words, it’s not “just” a local election. The decisions that come from it will have as a great an impact over our day-to-day lives as just about anything that comes from Juneau or Washington, D.C. There may be some notable exceptions, health care reform, for example, but with a publicly-owned hospital serving our region, borough government will be involved in the changes taking place in that area, too. As they say, all politics is local.
So please, remember to cast your ballot on Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here’s where you can go vote on the central Kenai Peninsula:
Central — Soldotna Sports Center
Funny River 1 — Funny River Community Center
Funny River 2 — Kenai Peninsula Borough 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 — Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers
Nikiski — Nikiski Community Center
Ninilchik — Ninilchik Senior Center
Salamatof — Nikiski Fire Hall No. 1
Soldotna — Soldotna City Hall
Sterling 1 — Sterling Community Center
Sterling 2 — Sterling Community Center