Group endorses candidates even before survey deadline

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2003

I recently was given a candidate's survey form, from the Friends of the Recreation Center, to respond to their questions by Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. Their statement to all candidates was "you will be given a negative rating if you fail to complete and return this survey."

Their next statement was "that they will endorse Kenai City Council candidates that we feel best reflect our mission."

On the letterhead, the Friends of the Recreation Center Inc., listed their office as located at 110 S. Willow St., Suite 101, in Kenai. Posted in their window are the candidates they have already selected to endorse. They have been advertising two candidates for the past several weeks, long before the Sept. 25 deadline. Today, Sept. 22, the third candidate's sign was also displayed. Their officers display campaign signs at their residences.

Representatives of their organization are currently calling voters to encourage them to vote for their recommended candidates even before the survey is due at their office for review.

It is for this reason I have chosen not to respond to their survey and risk a negative rating. There is really no reason for me to spend hours filling out their 31 questions with an explanation to each answer. If a public forum were held, I would be happy to participate.

I believe in fair and open debates, of all the issues, and have taken part in each one I have been requested to attend. This type of activity is not fair and balanced and I have chosen not to participate.

I strive to run my campaign with honesty and openness.

Pat Porter

Kenai City Council candidate

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