Filing deadline looms

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2007

With less than a week left in the filing period, candidates are beginning to line up for elected borough municipal seats to be filled by voters in the Oct. 2 election.

The filing period began Aug. 1 and closes Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Four seats are open on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, including three three-year terms and a single one-year term.

Incumbents Gary Superman, of Nikiski (District 3), who has served two consecutive terms, and Pete Sprague, of Soldotna (District 4), who has served four in a row, have signed up to try for another term.

Should they win re-election, however, actually retaining their seats may depend on the outcome of a term-limit proposition scheduled to be on the ballot. According to its provisions, even an election winner would be prevented from taking office if he or she had already completed two consecutive terms.

Former assemblyman Jack Brown, of Kasilof, has signed up to run for District 7 seat currently held by Assemblyman Paul Fischer.

The one-year term in Homer, District 8, was created when assemblywoman Deb Germano announced she would resign her seat following election of her successor. The winner of that race would serve out the remainder of Germano's term, and the seat would appear again on the 2008 municipal ballot as a three-year term.

The same difficulty with regards to the possible success of a term-limit measure attends incumbents running for school board seats. A second ballot proposition applying to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education is headed to the ballot and would prevent anyone from serving a third-straight term if voters approve it.

Three three-year seats are open on the school board, Seat 1, currently held by Sammy Crawford, of Kenai, Seat 6, held by Lynn Hohl, of Seward, and Seat 9, held by Sunni Hilts, of Seldovia.

Crawford, who has signed up to run for a fourth consecutive term would be affected by the proposition. So would Hilts, who won a one-year term in 2003 and a three-year term in 2004. However, as of Thursday, Hilts had not filed for another term.

Hilts would come under its provisions, because a clause in the initiative defines a term as including, among other things, "any term served of less than three years because of a change in assembly composition, membership structure, districting or appointment." The board became a nine-member body in 2003.

Numerous seats on service area boards will also appear on the ballot, including:

* Anchor Point Fire Service Area Board, Seat A (1 year), Seat B (3 year) and Seat E (1 year);

* Bear Creek Fire Service Area Board, Seat A (3 year) and Seat B (3 year);

* Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board, Seat A (1 year), Seat F (3 year) and Seat G (3 year);

* Joint Operations Board for Central Peninsula Emergency Medical Service Area & Central Emergency Service Area, Seat A (3 year) and Seat B (3 year);

* Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board, Seat C (2 year), Seat D (3 year) and Seat E (3 year);

* Lowell Point Emergency Service Area Board, Seat B (3 year), Seat C (1 year) and Seat E (3 year);

* Nikiski Fire Service Area Board, Seat A (3 year), Seat B (3 year) and Seat C (3 year);

* Nikiski Senior Service Area Board, Seat B (3 year) and Seat C (3 year);

* North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Board, Seat A (3 year) and Seat B (3 year);

* Seward-Bear Creek Flood Service Area Board, Seat A (1 year), Seat C (3 year), Seat F (3 year) and Seat G (3 year); and

* South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board, Seat C (2 year), Seat D (1 year), Seat G (3 year), Seat H (3 year) and Seat I (3 year).



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