Soldotna City Council

Council Seat D

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2007

I have lived on the peninsula for close to 30 years. I am married to Bruce, a general contractor. We have two children: Kaitlin, a senior at Gonzaga University; and Brett, a sophomore at Soldotna High School.

I have been an educator most of my life, and I hold a masters in Public School Administration. I have held many leadership positions in the field of education from Department chairperson, to Chair of the AWA committee, to principal-in-charge when the administrator was out of the building, and so on. I have taken several leadership classes and continually place myself in service-oriented, leadership positions.

Why am I a likely candidate, and why did I choose to run for this office?

I am very hard-working and take responsibility very seriously. When given a task, I research the issue and use rationale and good judgement to make quality decisions. I listen and try very hard to look at all angles of an issue before I make a decision. No task is too small to make a concerted effort to do the right thing.

I have been attending City Council meetings for some time; sometimes as a parent of a school child with a success to celebrate, sometimes as a speaker with an issue to discuss regarding city ordinances, and sometimes just as a concerned citizen wanting to know more.

I chose to run for office when a position became open because I see there is a great need to help plan for the future of the city of Soldotna.

A long-term 'vision' for the community of Soldotna is of utmost importance as the city is experiencing 'growing pains' and more needs to be done to ensure that the growth is a "well-thought-out growth" rather than a "by-the-seat-of-your-pants growth".

The 1995 Comprehensive Plan for the Soldotna will be revisited and revised, and I would like to be a part of that revision process.

Many 'important' issues are currently before the Soldotna City Council (the residential development in commercial zones, the cemetery task force, the airport expansion, the impaired river status, the replacement of Mr. Boedeker, and many more.

One of the most important issues currently facing the city is the 'vision' we hold for the future city of Soldotna. I would like to be a part of that decision process as we look at the Comprehensive Plan and 'vision' the future of Soldotna.

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