Commitment to community should be applauded

Wednesday was a big day for the Soldotna City Council as four new faces joined the six-member body. While it’s a big turnover for Soldotna’s council, it is refreshing to see so many individuals interested in serving the community.

New council members Meggean Bos and Keith Baxter were elected to the council earlier this month and were sworn in Wednesday. Regina Daniels, who was re-elected, also took the oath of office. At Wednesday’s meeting, the council also was tasked with selecting from four applicants to fill two seats, one vacated by a council member who had been elected to the borough assembly, the other vacated by a council member taking a job with the city. Paul Whitney and Linda Murphy were picked to fill the seats over Dave Carey and Tom Janz.

We appreciate each candidate’s willingness to enter the public arena. It takes a fair amount of courage just to throw your hat in the ring, and perhaps even more to do it a second time in a month, as is the case for Whitney, Murphy and Carey, who were unsuccessful at the polls on election day.

Likewise, thank you to Kenai mayoral candidates Pat Porter and Bob Molloy, and council candidates Terry Bookey, Brian Gabriel and Mark Schrag, all of whom contributed to an important dialogue of how the city is to be governed and grow.

While decisions made by city councils will not always please every resident, those bodies remain accessible to citizens, and the people who serve do so with the best interests of their community at heart. At a time when the job is becoming more complex and attitudes toward government at any level become more negative, their commitment to their community should be applauded.

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