I love Kenai and it has been a pleasure to serve as your mayor the past three years! During this time we have seen our community begin to transform into a thriving town again. Some of the greatest concerns of our citizens have been to generate more commercial development, rejuvenate the commercial district and neighborhoods.
The council has worked very hard to make and chance policies which would set Kenai on a new path. We no longer see tired boarded up empty commercial buildings and our neighborhoods are taking on a pride of ownership. Parks have expanded and improvements have been made to assure residents enjoy their presence.
New sidewalks are planned for Old Town, flowers are seen popping up everywhere along the walking tour. Willow Street will have an avenue of Canadian Cherry Trees. The center of town is now defined with the Town Clock, located in the Leif Hansen Memorial Park. Our clock is a perfect witness of how a community comes together to achieve a goal.
Mini-Grant program, Together We Can, which provides funding to use for neighborhood projects, is in its second year. Children's art work is displayed at city hall, the carnival has returned to Kenai. The Kenai River Marathon is now in its second year. Expanded soccer/sports fields are green and growing.
Wal-Mart and Lowe's are scheduled to call Kenai their home. The Aspen Hotel, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Alaska Courthouse expansion, medical and business offices are under construction. The Merit Inn and Kenai Spur Lodge are doing extensive remodeling. New neighborhood paving projects and plans to improve our library. The airport taxiway/floatplane basin expansion. Our community is well and flourishing.
Retail sales continue to outpace the previous years and Kenai has the largest gross sales on the peninsula. It is exciting to be part of Kenai moving forward.
City governments have the most direct effect on the quality of individuals' lives of any level of government. We decide whether streets and home are kept safe, whether children and families have parks and fields in which to play, whether we have libraries, or clean water to drink. The delivery of these services are what determines if a family chooses to live, work or retire in Kenai.
Caring for Kenai has been what I have always been about. Giving back to my community, helping my neighbors, volunteering where needed and working to make changes that improve the lives of others. With over 30 years of managerial experiences and volunteer activities I have gained skills, which will help me make responsible policy decisions.
I pledge to work tirelessly to keep local government accountable and effective. I can guarantee you I am prepared to listen, work hard and accept the challenges of representing our city. Continuing to serving as Kenai's mayor would be an honor.
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