Friends of Recreation Center survey raises candidate's hackles

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2003

Recently, I received a candidate survey from the Friends of the Recreation Center Inc., or FORCE. I have decided not to answer that survey for the following reasons.

First, it is apparent to me by the signs displayed at the office of FORCE that they have already decided to support my opponent in the upcoming municipal election. Therefore, I doubt my comments on the survey would receive an objective review.

Secondly, I do not like to be coerced. In the survey introduction, I'm admonished to answer their survey or I will receive a negative rating from them.

Finally, FORCE is mainly a one issue group, that being the recreation center remaining under city ownership and control. As with many others, I, too, was disappointed when I heard that the recreation center was closing. It is this issue that got me interested in running for city council. And as with many other people, I want to see the recreation center reopen. But, there are many other issues that need attention and I do not want to get tunnel vision on this one issue.

Economic development, senior citizen needs, water and public safety are just a few examples of the issues that need constant attention. If the recreation center is still closed after the election and if I am successful at gaining a seat on the council, I will do my best to find a way to get it open again.

Jim Jenckes

Kenai City Council candidate

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