Mayor, council seats up to voters

Kenai's Porter faces challenger; 5 seek vacated Soldotna seat

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2007

Five people have filed for a city council seat in Soldotna being vacated by Jane Stein.

In other races to be decided Oct. 2, two Soldotna council members are running unopposed; two candidates are vying for mayor in Kenai; and three have thrown their hats in the ring for two Kenai City Council seats coming open.

Stein, who has been a councilwoman since 1998, announced earlier she would not be seeking reelection this year. Five Soldotna residents who met the Wednesday deadline to file for the slot include Linda Murphy, Peter Micciche, Penny Vadla, Chris Pankratz and Lydia Bower.

In order to be elected, one candidate must receive at least 40 percent of the vote. If no one attains that percentage, a runoff election will be needed to decide between the two top vote getters, according to City Clerk Teresa Fahning.

Councilman Ed Sleater is running unopposed in his bid for reelection to Seat E in Soldotna and Shane Horan, who was appointed to replace Lisa Parker on the Soldotna council earlier this year, is running for election to remain on the council for the one remaining year of the term.

In Kenai, Councilman Mike Boyle has filed to run against incumbent Pat Porter for mayor of the city.

Two council seats are open in Kenai where candidates run at large. Councilmen Barry Eldridge and Joe Moore are seeking reelection and Harold Smalley is challenging. Voters will be asked to vote for no more than two.

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