Barry Eldridge; Kenai City Council, two-year term

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2001

Kenai is the most beautiful city in Alaska.

Some may dispute my claim and say that other cities are placed in more spectacular settings, but I'm talking about the city and the people. Kenai has well-kept parks, roadsides that are mowed and planted, property owners who take care of their property and just a sense of cleanliness and order about it.

I have traveled all over the United States and Alaska as a career Coast Guardsman and a cargo vessel captain, and I have not found a more beautiful or desirable city than Kenai in which I would rather live.

Age: 67

Occupation: Self employed

Family: spouse, Marta; children,Rick, Kevin and Sandee; grandson, Jeffrey

Residency in Alaska: Over 21 years

Years in Kenai: 16

Education: BA Education, MA in Management

Political and government experience: Retired captain, U.S. Coast Guard (27 years); Captain of the Port, Boston, Mass. (3 years); vice chair, Kenai Harbor Commission (past chair served 14 years on commission); subcommittee work on Alaska Commission on Privatization (1999)

Business and professional positions: Member ASTM F-20 Committee (15 years); public member PROPS Committee CIRCAC (over 5 years); past director, Kenai Chamber of Commerce

Service organization memberships: President, Kenai Rotary Club; past director, Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity; past director, Love INC; elder,Kalifornsky Christian Center; past member, Salvation Army Advisory Board

Best way for voters to reach you: phone, 283-7152; e-mail,

Part of the attraction of Kenai is the people who live and work here, particularly the city administration and its employees. The administration and the council continue to work to improve the city, its appearance and facilities.

My primary purpose in seeking the city council seat is to put my efforts into seeing the Kenai Coastal Trail become a reality. Completion of the Kenai Coastal Trail will enhance the city by allowing residents and visitors the opportunity to actually get down to the river.

By stabilizing the bluff, the Kenai Senior Center will no longer be threatened by bank erosion and all the land along the bluff will become more valuable. Perhaps we can once again have a waterfront restaurant and maybe even a hotel with river view. The city land by the senior center could be used for these projects, and I would support that type of development in Kenai.

One of the more rewarding programs that I have run for the past couple years is Rotary's Business Ethics program which is presented to Kenai Central High School seniors. This program brings business leaders to the classroom to discuss ethical questions about the workplace. I will support programs which provide for the youth in our community, such as the new skateboard park and multipurpose center.

My experience as a Coast Guard officer, oil spill co-op manager and ship's captain have developed my decision-making skills and management abilities. I have a master's degree in management to further equip me to serve the citizens of Kenai as a councilman.

I have been active on the Kenai Harbor Commission serving as past chairman and presently as vice chairman. I serve Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council as a public member of the PROPS Committee. I am president of the Kenai Rotary Club and have served as director on several local nonprofit organizations, including founding director of Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity.

All that I am involved with has the goal of making Kenai and the peninsula an even better place to live.

Vote for Barry Eldridge on Oct. 2 to serve as your councilman. My vision for Kenai includes a well run city government, the Kenai Coastal Trail, responsible business development, expanded hiking and biking trails and more facilities and opportunities for our youth.

God bless America.

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