I've been actively serving the community of Soldotna since 1983 and remain committed to defending the quality of life, health, safety and security of Soldotna resident families. My wife Erin and both of our daughters (Madeline and Sophia) were born at CPGH. Although we have been offered transfer opportunities from my employer of 23 years, ConocoPhillips, Soldotna is our home of choice. I will fight for a promising future for our children and grandchildren.
I consider serving on the Soldotna City Council as community service instead of politics. I also believe in serving two terms, being held accountable to Soldotna residents, and then stepping aside for others to take their turn at serving our community.
I'm also going to ask something of the residents of Soldotna. I'm going to be asking you to become more active in determining what Soldotna can become. My years of professional experience in stakeholder relations throughout the U.S. have demonstrated to me the value of grass roots representation. That will be your job.
I believe in protecting our residents and their investments. Converting our prime commercial properties into high density residences should be discouraged. As Soldotna becomes a base for visitors, we need those properties for retail investment and lodging, not for people that want to live here for six weeks and board up for the winter. Sales associated with visitors provide the sales tax base that keeps our tax rate the lowest on the Peninsula.
We absolutely need to develop the tools to have a well-planned, balanced and sustainable community while always observing the protection of the Kenai River, our single greatest resource. The exercise must include City leadership, emergency responders and all of you as stakeholders. We will have million-dollar homes on the river, but must also protect neighborhoods that provide a safe, affordable place for young families.
My interests primarily include quality of life issues, such as:
* The protection of home owners and local businesses, through planning and zoning to best utilize our 7.5 square miles of city.
* Fair, consistent and clear expectations for business owners wanting to locate and operate in the City of Soldotna.
* The hiring of the right City Manager once Soldotna's goals and objectives have been identified.
* Keeping our city's tax rate one of the lowest on the Peninsula.
* A cemetery in a location widely accepted and supported by the residents of Soldotna.
* Quality recreational opportunities for youth, families and seniors.
* Open government, including more effective communications between the council and Soldotna residents, is my utmost priority.
I don't claim to have all the answers, but offer you my personal commitment that I will keep you all involved while learning your vision for Soldotna in the future. I believe open government and grass-roots involvement is the key to our success.
I have the experience and history, can and will deliver results toward Soldotna's bright future. I would appreciate your vote, as well as the votes of your neighbors on October 2nd.
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