Holt: School funding, drug use need to be addressed

District 7 Central

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2007

Name: Bill Holt

Age: 59

Occupation: Commercial fisherman

Family: Wife, Kathleen, children, Galen, Marina and Ellen

Education: 3 years of college, Palomar College and Western State

Organizations and special interests: Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, United Cook Inlet Drift Association, Tsalteshi Trails Association

Previously held elected office: None

1. As a candidate (incumbent or challenger), list what you see as the three most important issues the assembly must address in the next three years.

1. The assembly must continue to fully fund schools. The efforts the assembly has made to guarantee that state funding for the Kenai Peninsula School District is equitable are commendable. We need to keep school funding a top priority.

2. Drug and Alcohol abuse are a serious concern borough-wide, and the assembly needs to recognize that this is a growing problem, especially amongst youth, and be more pro-active in finding ways to correct the situation.

3. Resource extraction and tourism have long been the base of the peninsulas economy and will continue to play an important role in it's future. More can be done, however, to diversify our economy and make this a more inviting place to live.

2. How do you view the current relationship between the administration, assembly and the public? If it needs improving, what would you change?

I have no working knowledge of the relationship between the current assembly and administration. I have worked with both entities as a member of the public on issues involving Tsalteshi trails and have found the assembly and the administration very supportive of our projects.

3. What do you see as the role of the borough government? If it were too big, what services would you cut?

The role of borough government is to provide the basic services and policies to insure that day-to-day activities go on without undue hardships and that the long term needs of the community are met. Borough government should be accessible and receptive to the concerns of those it represents and able to change if required. The borough government is the sounding board for the needs of the community and is responsible to fund and raise funds for those needs.

4. If voters approve, ballot initiatives will set term limits on assembly and school board seats and treat terms already served retroactively. What is your opinion of the initiatives and their possible effect?

I think that term limits are not necessary for school board or assembly seats. There is nothing inherently wrong with someone wanting to continue serving the community and I am thankful that people have the energy and the goodwill to continue doing so. If the initiative passes it is my opinion that we will loose some good people that have worked hard to represent their constituencies and others may not run if they know their time will be short.



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