Bagley to vie for borough mayor's seat

Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Current Soldotna City Council member and former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley announced Tuesday that he will put his name on the ballot for the borough's top seat again.

"I did enjoy the six years that I was borough mayor and I would like to do it again if the voters are willing," he said.

He filed his letter of intent with Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) Tuesday so he can actively begin campaigning for the position that is up for election this fall.

"Until that 'Letter of Intent' is filed with APOC I cannot raise money or spend money," he said.

Bagley said he is running for borough mayor on a platform of "Better Government," or making government more accountable to the people. He is also focusing on economic development as well as some other financial issues, he said.

"Dealing with the Homer Landfill facility is something right there at the top. I know there's been a lot of controversy on how that's going to get funded," he said.

He wants the borough to be "making sure we have enough money coming in for the money that goes out," Bagley said.

Bagley said his decision to run for borough mayor has nothing to do with current Borough Mayor Dave Carey. Carey's term is up this October.

"I don't ever talk about my opponents," he said. "If I run against (Carey), I don't know if he'll run or not, but I won't talk against him."

Bagley served as borough mayor from 1999 to 2005. During his tenure, he oversaw the expansion of the Central Peninsula and South Peninsula hospitals and brought the 2006 Arctic Winter Games to the Peninsula, he said in a statement.

"As Borough Mayor I was able to reduce the mill rate, increase funding for Borough roads, land sales in Cooper Landing, a new lined pit at the Borough landfill," the statement read.

He was first elected to the position after a run-off election against Mike Navarre. He won re-election in 2002 in a race against Ken Lancaster.

Brielle Schaeffer can be reached at brielle.schaeffer@peninsulaclarion.com.



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