Ready to run

Candidates getting jump on campaigns

Posted: Monday, July 25, 2005

With a little more than a week to go before the candidate-filing period officially opens Aug. 1, the competition for mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough remains an unofficial four-way race.

Ed Oberts, assistant to Mayor Dale Bagley, Assembly President Gary Superman, former member of the Alaska Senate John Torgerson, and longtime city of Kenai Mayor John Williams all have filed letters of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, allowing them to initiate campaign fund-raising efforts.

Those candidates and any others choosing to run must file with the borough between Aug. 1 and Aug. 15. The Regular Municipal Election is scheduled for Oct. 4.

To win the mayor's job, a candidate must have 50 percent of the vote plus one vote, Borough Clerk Sherry Biggs said. If a runoff is necessary, it would be between the two highest vote getters, she said.

"If a runoff is required, it would be held on Oct. 25," Biggs said. "There would be no write-ins allowed."

Three seats on the assembly are up for grabs, currently held by Betty Glick of Kenai, Grace Merkes of Sterling, and Chris Moss of Homer, seats 2, 5 and 8 respectively. All are three-year seats.

Three seats are open on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education, currently held by Debra Mullins of Nikiski, Nels Anderson of Soldotna, and Debbie Brown of Kasilof, seats 3, 4 and 7 respectively. All are three-year seats.

A host of seats are open on the borough's 11 service area boards.

Candidate filing forms are available at the central borough office in Soldotna as well as at borough annexes in Homer and Seward.

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