Presidential candidate to visit peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2004

In advance of the upcoming Kenai Democratic caucuses, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich will visit the Kenai Peninsula on Friday.

Kucinich will speak at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11:30 a.m. and at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center at 1 p.m. He also will be on a KSRM Radio talk show from 9 to 11 a.m.

An Ohio congressman, Kucinich first came to national prominence when, at 31, he was elected mayor of Cleveland, becoming the young-est person ever elected mayor of a major U.S. city.

The recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award in 2003, Kucinich has promoted a national health-care system, the preservation of Social Security, increased unemployment insurance benefits and establishing wholesale cost-based rates for electricity, natural gas and home-heating oil, according to his Web site.

Kucinich describes himself as a peace advocate and environmentalist and said, if elected president, he would encourage research and investment in alternative energy sources.

"Oil, auto and electric utility corporations won't be directing energy policy in a Kucinich White House," he said on his Internet campaign Web site.

Democrats in House District 34, which includes the central Kenai Peninsula, will be caucusing at the PACE Workers Hall, Mile 15.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Peninsula Democrats in District 35, which includes the Homer and Seward areas, will conduct their caucus at noon March 20 in Homer.

Registered Democrats will be allowed to vote for candidates and on campaign issues at the caucuses, according to Bridget Gallagher, Anchorage spokesperson for the Alaska Democrat Party.

On-site registration will be available at the caucuses, she said.

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