Amy Jackman, 30, said she is seeking a seat on the Kenai City Council because of her interest in serving the community. She is one of four candidates hoping to be elected to the two-year seat available.
Jackman and her husband, Bruce, have two children. Originally from Oklahoma, she's lived in Kenai permanently since 1993. Before then, she lived here off and on when her father worked for Schlumberger Oil Services. She attended Kenai Central High School as a sophomore in 1987.
Jackman works as an advertising sales rep for KSRM radio, and she and her husband own rental property in the city.
"There are so many things we can do to market the city," she said. "I want the opportunity to do this. What a privilege it will be if the day comes that I'm elected."
Jackman has been a member of the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission for nearly two years.
"I wanted to get on Planning and Zoning to get a feel for how the system works. It was kind of a stepping stone to the city council," she said. "I didn't want to go in (to the council) and not know how anything works.
"I have an interest in serving the community, not just on the council, but for nonprofit organizations," she added.
She said her interest in seeking public office stems from what she said is an increased role people her age are taking as parents, and as leaders in business and society.
"A lot of things are changing, and it's a good opportunity for some new blood," she said. "I think I'd be very representative of a huge portion of our community."
She said that while economic development is good, it can't happen if the city is not attractive enough to lure new homes, businesses and people to it.
"We can't just say 'let's have new businesses' and have people come. We need to pave more roads, have more streetlights, homes and neighborhoods," she said. "If we want to be this all-American, first-class city, we need to look the part."
Regarding the proposed private prison, Jackman hopes residents get answers before voting.
"I think that for the economy, for jobs, it would be a great thing. My concern is how much taxpayer money will go to pay for that, especially it being a private prison," she said. "I'm hoping both sides have done a good job and educated the public so they can make a well informed decision at the polls. I will support what my constitutents want."
As part of her economic development plan, she supports expanding the Kenai ice rink into an enclosed year-round multipurpose facility. She is also strongly in favor of constructing a sea wall and coastal trail.
"The retaining wall is something we have to have for tourism and the citizens of our community," she said. "You have to spend money to make money."
Jackman faces three others in the election, Randy Daly, Barry Eldridge and John "Ozzie" Osborne.
"If I do something, I do it 100 percent," Jackman said. "If I were elected, I'd just work my tail end off."
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