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Candidate steps out of the ring

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2003

One of the 12 candidates who filed for a seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education already has left the race.

Michele DeMilta of Sterling originally filed to run for school board Seat 5 (Sterling-Funny River), where she would have faced Marty T. Anderson, also of Sterling.

However, because DeMilta's home address was in a "gray area" on the districting map, her candidacy was changed by the borough to Seat 4 (Soldotna), where incumbent John Nels Anderson was the sole candidate.

"Dr. Anderson and I, our views are the same," DeMilta said Monday. "Our views are so much alike, it just seems silly (for us to oppose each other)."

DeMilta said her interest in running for the school board was based on her experiences as a home-schooling parent.

"I wanted to make sure the school board is listening to parents and kids," she said. "Nels feels the same way. And he's a friend.

"I'll be voting for him myself."

DeMilta has withdrawn her candidacy for the Oct. 7 election. Both Dr. Ander-son and Marty Anderson will run unopposed.



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