Borough Assembly

District 4 Soldotna

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2007

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the greater Soldotna area (District 4) residents as your assembly member on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for the past nine years. I believe that I have listened to your concerns, been responsive to your needs, and have acted in your best interest.

I am proud of my record of service while on the assembly. I have and will continue to advocate for fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint while at the same time meeting the needs of the residents and business community of the borough. I am proud to have supported full funding for education.

During my tenure, the Soldotna area has become the center for an increasing array health care facilities and professionals, including our newly expanded hospital, funding for which was approved by the voters of the service area.

I have stood up for my beliefs and what I believe to be the best interest of the borough. When there was a strong effort made by the prior administration to build a private prison within the borough, I was the lone vote against the initial agreement with Cornell. I subsequently brought forward the initial resolution to place the private prison issue on the ballot. My stand was ultimately validated by your overwhelming "NO" vote on that issue.

I have been successful in my attempts to pass ordinances that clarify both conflict of interest issues and ethics issues within the borough. My record is clear. In addition, I have never missed an assembly meeting during my years in office!

I am proud of my record of service and leadership, not only on the assembly, but in many other avenues of service as well. In nine years, I have been president of the assembly twice, and vice president twice as well. I have chaired the Kenai Peninsula College Council for two years. I have been president of the Alaska Municipal League. I chaired a local ad hoc group, which was ultimately successful in bringing the Kenai Youth Detention Facility to the area. My work with the National Association of Counties and service on the Western Interstate Region Board of Directors were crucial in my successful efforts to bring the NACo Discount Drug Card Program to the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

I have leadership experience at the local, state, and national levels that will be important as we address key issues in the near future. These include potential large-scale industrial development in areas both within and adjacent to our borough. We also need to continue to address property tax relief for our residents and business owners.

Many other issues will be raised and addressed as I campaign for re-election. Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding your questions and concerns. I thank you for having given me this opportunity to serve you. I ask for your consideration, your support, and your vote, on October 2.

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