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Sturman is an agent for change

Posted: October 19, 2011 - 8:42am

I would like to express my support for Fred Sturman. He has worked hard for years to bring many important issues before the people.

In 2001, Fred cosponsored the initiative that forced the Borough to bring the issue of their proposed Borough-funded construction of a private prison to the voters. His sponsorship helped insure that local citizens had the opportunity to stop that terrible project.

In 2008, Fred cosponsored the initiative that created your sales tax exemption for groceries. While the Borough laments over their perceived loss of revenue, I would like to remind you that the Borough raised the sales tax rate from 2% to 3% earlier that same year, so the Borough never actually lost any revenue, they simply gained less. Local families save hundreds of dollars every year due to Fred's good work.

Fred has worked as a founding board member and cosponsor for many ACT (Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers) initiatives, which have directly saved local taxpayers a significant amount of money. He also cosponsored term limits initiatives in 2007 and 2009, which created an opportunity for citizen representatives, not career politicians, to serve on our Borough Assembly.

Our Borough Assembly has ignored, watered down or attempted to reverse every Borough initiative approved by the people since 2003. Fred has worked with ACT to protect our right of access and to demand respect for the will of the voters through the initiative process. There are now two cases awaiting decision before the Alaska Supreme Court to protect the rights of citizens to the initiative process because of Fred's activism.

I have filed a lawsuit before the Superior Court, asking for an injunction to force the Borough Clerk to reverse her 2010 denial of a referendum that would have granted the voters the right to overturn the Borough Assembly's ordinance that gave the general law cities the opportunity to ignore our 2008 grocery tax initiative. Without the Borough authority granted through their ordinance, the general law cities would have been forced to rescind their municipal collection of grocery tax and local residents would have received the full measure of grocery tax relief through the successful 2008 ballot initiative. That legal battle is ongoing.

Over the last decade, Fred has communicated with thousands of Borough residents regarding Borough issues. If elected, Fred will bring a unique perspective to the office of Borough Mayor.

If you want Borough government to represent the will of the people, you must elect people who will support and defend your right to the initiative process. For years, Fred has demonstrated his willingness to fight to support the will of the people. Fred can be your agent for change.

If you want a Borough Mayor to serve the people, rather than to work against you, please consider Fred Sturman for Borough Mayor on October 25th.

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Eaglerock50
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Eaglerock50 10/19/11 - 04:49 pm
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Fred is not beholding to

Fred is not beholding to special interests. He's a good neighbor who will make a great mayor.

witchwitch
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witchwitch 10/20/11 - 05:46 am
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People are sick of government manipulation and lies

We need a Mayor who will fight for AND respect the will of the people.

Fred is my choice!!!!

Norseman
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Norseman 10/20/11 - 06:39 am
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Navarre for Mayor

Fred is a disruptor, not a leader. What we need is someone who can lead and work with people thru compromise.

Mike Navarre is the candidate who has, can, and will. Vote on Oct 25th for Navarre.

witchwitch
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witchwitch 10/21/11 - 12:26 am
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Compromise is not the same as capitulation...

Fred has fought to restore the will of the people, through both ballot initiatives and lawsuits against our Borough. Fred has disrupted the dictatorial acts of an Assembly that refused to obey ballot initiatives enacted by the people.

There is a difference between compromise and capitulation.

When our elected officials refuse to obey a lawful initiative, which was lawfully approved by the people. When a group steps up to force the Borough to obey the law... that is not an act of a "disruptor".

I suppose that's a matter of perspective, depending on which end of that decision you were on.

I appreciate Fred's "disruptions". From my perspective, I think of them as "public service".

Norseman
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Norseman 10/21/11 - 08:13 am
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suing the borough

ACT has sued the borough. Where do you think the costs to pay for these lawsuits comes from? When organizations such as ACT continually sue the borough, they are in fact suing all of us borough tax payers.

Suing your own borough is wasting your hard spent money by just making the lawyers richer. Instead, we will just continue to VOTE out the one's on the assembly that do NOT follow the will of the people.

Every community always has a few that like to get on every soap box to hear themselves expouse their personal views. Fred has used the KSRM soundoff program twice a day to [filtered word] and moan about everything. He and a few of the other regulars who like to hear themselves rant and rave... on and on...every day twice a day.
Do not twist and put a spin on that this is community involvement. It ain't. It is people who like to hear themselves spout out how important they and their views are.
Sound off has it's own followers that do not include the majority of this borough residents. Most have turned that program off after tiring of hearing the same people drone on and on... day after day... over the same things.
This is not the time to elect a soundoff wannabee mayor.
Having an opportunity to elect someone like Mr. Navarre that has the past experience, knowledge, skills, education, and abilities is what we need during these rough times.
Now is not the time to roll the dice on soap box commentators, but put your future on a proven leader that can and will move us forward instead of backwards.

talkofthekenai16
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talkofthekenai16 10/21/11 - 09:05 am
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FRED

Intresting to read norseman comments, it is quite obvious that he continues to listen to soundoff on a daily basis, as he rants about the callers who call in, and by the way with recent ratings soundoff continues to be the leader on the peninsula for people listening. to the radio. Fred is not beholden to special interest groups with their agenda, check the apoc report, he has done it with mostly all his own money. He is person you can trust and he will look out for the residents and tax payers of the borough, It is time for a change and fred is the person to make the change we need, to move this borough forward to the future.

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cheapersmokes 10/21/11 - 10:09 am
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Mayoral Election

If someone would just read the comments on the news stories in the Peninsula Clarion the choice on who to vote for would be very easy. The supporters of Fred post very thoughtful and well written comments and it seems that the supporters of Navarre just post about Fred being a thorn in the side of good government. However, they seem to forget that Fred has fought and fought for the people's voices to be heard on many issues like taxation, term limits and need less spending of tax payers funds. I am also very confident of Fred hiring people who will also listen to and act on the wishes of the residents so no more business as usual!

Please vote for change and elect Fred on the 25th and see what responsive government can do for us all. Thank you!

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