Last-minute candidate filers make deadline

Posted: Tuesday, June 04, 2002

The deadline for filing to run for state and national office came and went Saturday as last-minute filers made real contests out of some races, while other candidates emerged unchallenged.

Races concerning the Kenai Peninsula Borough directly include those for House Districts 33 and 34, which together comprise Senate District Q, and House Districts 35 and 36, which make up Senate District R.

Brief profiles of candidates certified by late Thursday were included in coverage published in Friday's Peninsula Clarion. Their names are listed again below, along with brief profiles of candidates who filed after Thursday.

Senate District Q

Patrick Hawkins of Soldotna, a Democrat, filed to run for the District Q Senate seat. He faces one challenger, Kurt Loyal Melvin, in the primary. Hawkins has lived in Alaska since 1966 and in Soldotna since 1987. He and his wife, Sandra, have six children. He served three years on the Central Peninsula General Hospital Service Area Board from 1999-2001. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10046 in Soldotna. He works for Safeway in Soldotna. Until filing for office, Hawkins was a host of the KSRM 920 AM radio talk program "Sound Off." He stepped down from that position until the results of the November general election are known. He was host for 10 years. Hawkins graduated from West High School in Anchorage in 1967.

Kurt L. Melvin also has filed as a Democrat. However, he left no phone number and could not be reached for background information.

Thomas M. Stroman of Kenai filed as a Green Party candidate. He has lived in Kenai continuously since 1971, but also lived here as early as the 1950s and into the 1960s. Stroman said he has worked as a commercial fisher in Cook Inlet, Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea. Currently unemployed, he said he is seeking work as a computer technician. Stroman has not held public office but has been a board member of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Kenai Natives Association since 1986. He is on the board of the Central Area Rural Transportation System. He graduated from Kenai Central High School in 1974.

Thomas H. Wagoner has filed to run as a Republican Moderate and faces no challengers in the primary. Wagoner has lived in Kenai since 1969. He owns WRP Enterprises, which manages rental property in Kenai. He also owns a small manufacturing company called Cook Inlet Stone Products. He is a commercial fisher and also owns and operates Nuka Island Charters. Wagoner was a member of the Kenai City Council from 1982-84 and then served a term as mayor of Kenai. He retired as dean of Kenai Community College in 1986. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Kenai and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, for which he has served as president. He has two bachelor degrees from Eastern Washington University and a master's in educational administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Also filing for District Q were these candidates profiled Friday:

Joe Arness, a Republican from Kenai.

Raymond P. VinZant Sr., a Republican from Soldotna.

Sen. Jerry Ward, the Republican-incumbent.

House Districts 33 and 34 are joined to create Senate District Q.

Senate District R

In the race for Senate District R, only Sen. Alan Austerman, the Republican incumbent, filed to run.

House Districts 35 and 36 are joined to create Senate District R.

House District 33

Mel Krogseng has filed as a Republican for House District 33. She will face David L. Richards and Kelly J. Wolf in the primary Aug. 27. Krogseng and her husband, Bob, have lived in Ridgeway since 1990 and in Alaska since 1970. She is a registered nurse. She also owns and operates Krog's Kamp on the Kenai River. She has never held elected office. She is a member of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Kenai Visitors and Convention Bureau. She graduated from South Broward High School and later went to Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Miami.

Kelly J. Wolf of Kenai filed as a Republican. He has lived in Kenai since 1975 and graduated from Kenai High School in 1979. After a stint Outside, he returned to Kenai in 1990 where he lives with his wife and children. Wolf started the Youth Restoration Corps, a nonprofit organization. He has worked with Habitat for Humanity in Soldotna and as a contractor in the construction industry.

Also filing for House District 33 were these candidates profiled Friday:

David L. Richards of Soldotna, a Republican.

Harold Smalley of Kenai, a Democrat.

District 33 includes Kenai, Soldotna and Kalifornsky.

House District 34

James Price has lived in Nikiski for 14 years. He is running as a Republican Moderate. Price is an oil field worker, an instrumentation technician and a pipe fitter. He has held no public office. He is a member of the North Peninsula Community Council. Price recently chaired a group called Peninsula Citizens Against Private Prisons and now is heading a petition drive to ban the collection of sales tax on nonprepared food items. Price earned a GED from Kenai Peninsula College.

Rep. Charles "Mike" Chenault, the Republican incumbent from Nikiski, has filed for re-election. He was profiled Friday.

House District 34 covers a vast area of the central and northern peninsula from the north side of the North Fork of the Anchor River to Turnagain Arm and from Nikiski east to the edge of House District 35 at about the Russian River.

House District 35

Peter Roberts, who lives at Mile 5.5 of East End Road in Homer, has filed to run as a Republican in the House District 35 race. He will face incumbent Rep. Drew Scalzi and Paul Seaton in the Republican primary. Roberts has lived in the Homer area for about 30 years. He is a house designer and owns a firm called Coyote Creek Design. He was a homesteader and rancher in the Kachemak Bay area for about 20 years. He has not held public office but has been a board member of the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District. He is the current president of the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Alaska Farm Bureau. Roberts was a founder of Citizens Concerned About Annexation, an organization that opposed Homer's recent annexation. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied geology.

Paul Seaton of Kachemak City also has filed as a Republican. Seaton is a commercial fisher in Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound. Seaton and his wife, Tina, have two grown children. He owns KNS Marine in Homer. He has never held public office but is a member of several organizations, including the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the United Fishermen of Alaska. Efforts to reach Seaton for further information by deadline Monday were unsuccessful.

Rep. Drew Scalzi, the Republican incumbent, was profiled Friday.

House District 35 covers an expansive region wrapping around House District 34 from north of Cooper Landing and Moose Pass south to include Seward, around the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula to take in all of Kachemak Bay, including Nanwalek, Seldovia, Homer and Anchor Point, and then across Cook Inlet to include the borough's western territory from Katmai National Park to Drift River.

House District 36

Republican incumbent Gary L. Stevens of Kodiak is the only entrant in the race.

House District 36 includes Kodiak and the Lake and Peninsula Borough.

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