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Borough mayor: 6 hopefuls

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Voters won't want for choice when it comes to this year's race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor.

It is now a wide-open affair with six candidates making it to the borough clerk's office in time to file by Monday afternoon's deadline.

Joining former Sen. John Torgerson, of Kasilof, and Raymond P. VinZant, of Soldotna, who were the only two candidates officially in the race at the end of last week, are Edward V. Oberts, currently assistant to Mayor Dale Bagley, former city Kenai Mayor John J. Williams, Assembly President Gary Superman and Soldotna resident Fred Sturman, an active member of the Al-liance of Concerned Taxpayers, ACT.

To be elected, a mayoral candidate must re-ceive a majority of all votes. Sh-ould no candidate garner that many, a run-off would be held between the two candidates getting the highest number of votes.

Races for the three open Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly seats have become real contests as no incumbent went unchallenged, except in District 8 where the incumbent is not running.

Assembly member Betty J. Glick will face Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education member Margaret M. Gilman in the District 2, Kenai, race.

Over in Sterling, District 5, incumbent Grace Merkes is being challenged by Glen F. Martin and Amber Elsey, both of Sterling.

Assembly member Chris Moss's decision to step down from his District 8 seat (Homer) opened the door for three candidates, including school board member Deb Germano, former Homer Planning and Zoning Commission member Bill Smith and Homer resident Heidi Fielding, who des-cribed herself as a mother of six and sc-hool district employee who works occasionally as a substitute teacher.

Only two of the three open seats on the school board drew multiple candidates to challenge incumbents.

Victoria E. Pate, of Nikiski, known for her advocacy of spending and tax limits as a member of ACT, will attempt to unseat school board incumbent Debra K. Mullins, of Kenai, in the race for board Seat 3, Nikiski. Pate also has filed to run for a seat on the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Board.

Incumbent John Nels Anderson, of Soldotna, who currently holds Seat 4 (Soldotna), will run unchallenged.

Debbie Holle Brown, of Kasilof, who holds Seat 7 (Central), will seek re-election but face a race against Clam Gulch resident Wayne Wong.

In the contests for borough assembly and school board involving more than two office-seekers, the candidate receiving the greatest number of votes will be declared the winner.

Incumbent Soldotna City Council members Lisa Parker, Seat B, and M. Scott McLane, Seat F, have each filed for re-election to new three-year terms. They face no challengers. Neither does Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, who is running for re-election

In Kenai, two three-year seats and one one-year seat are up for election. The one-year seat was vacated by Pat Porter when she was elected mayor last year. Kenai council members are elected at large, meaning everyone interested in the three-year seat runs against each other and the top two vote-getters are elected. Running for the three-year seat are incumbent Linda Swarner; Jim Butler, who currently holds the one-year seat going up for election; Mike Boyle; and John "Ozzie" Osborne. Running for the one-year seat are Scott Walden, the former Kenai fire chief; former Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Tim Navarre; and attorney Robert J. Molloy.

Here are the candidates listed on the borough Web site as running for various service area board offices as of 5 p.m. Monday. To be elected, a candidate must have the highest number of votes.

Anchor Point Fire Service Area

n Seat A, three-year term, Dan L. Hecks, of Anchor Point

n Seat D, one-year term, Cassandra R. Parkinson, of Anchor Point

n Seat E, three-year term, Maureen Tracy, of Anchor Point

Bear Creek Fire Service Area

n Seat A, two-year term, Earl F. Kloster, of Seward

n Seat B, two-year term, Duane B. Chase, of Seward

n Seat E, three-year term, Rick Jones, of Seward

Central Peninsula Hospital Service Board

n Seat A, one-year term, Ryan S. Kapp, of Soldotna

n Seat B, three-year term, Neal D. DuPerron, of Kenai

n Seat C, three-year term, Gene Dyson, of Soldotna

n Seat E, one-year term, Kathy Bender, of Kasilof

Central Peninsula Emergency Medical Service Area/Central Emergency Service Area

n Seat A, two-year term, Len A. Malmquist, of Soldotna

n Seat E, three-year term, Mark D. Osterman, of Kasilof

Kachemak Emergency Service Area

n Seat A, three-year term, no candidates

n Seat D, two-year term, no candidates

Lowell Point Emergency Service Area

n Seat A, one-year term, John W. Sears, of Seward

n Seat B, two-year term, James E. McCracken, of Seward

n Seat C, three-year term, David B. Leech, of Seward

n Seat D, one-year term, Gloria B. Sears, of Seward

n Seat E, two-year term, Teri L. Arnold and Mary A. Miller, both of Seward

Nikiski Fire Service Area

n Seat D, three-year term, Sharon M. Brower, of Kenai

n Seat E, three-year term, Dan S. Hammond, of Nikiski

Nikiski Senior Service Area

n Seat D, three-year term, Charles L. Grimm, of Kenai

n Seat E, three-year term, Stacey L. Day, of Kenai

North Peninsula Recreation Service Area

n Seat E, three-year term, Victoria E. Pate, of Nikiski, and Patti Floyd, of Kenai

South Peninsula Hospital Service

Area Board

n Seat B, one-year term, Bettyann Steciw, of Homer

n Seat D, three-year term, David W. Green, of Homer

n Seat E, three-year term, Jacqueline J. Dentz, of Homer

n Seat F, three-year term, Mary A. Trimaco-Park, Marie E. Walli, and Debra Spencer, all of Homer

n Seat I, two-year term, Barbara Howard, of Homer

Seward-Bear Creek Flood Service Area

n Seat A, three-year term, Randall C. Stauffer and Loyd Welch, both of Seward

n Seat B, one-year term, no candidates

n Seat D, three-year term, William D. Williamson, of Seward

n Seat F, two-year term, Steven A Schafer, of Seward

n Seat G, two-year term, Tina E. McLean and Jess E. Sweatt, both of Seward



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