I'm excited about the possibility of being a member of our city council. I hope that my experience and willingness to invest my time and energy in our city will encourage you to consider voting for me.
As you know, the availability and quality of city services has an effect on each of us, from young children participating in story hour at the library to our seniors, and from those whose families have been here for generations to those who have just have just relocated to our city.
My wife Susan and I have been here for more than three decades. We chose Kenai after having visited here just one day when we were teaching in rural Alaska. While we are now well qualified as Old-timers and may be more attracted to services related to seniors, it seems like only a short time ago when Susan and I were more concerned with preschools and playgrounds.
We are grateful to have young friends in the community who remind us of the changing needs of new generations. We want families to stay and to be committed to our city, keeping Kenai healthy and vibrant. We need to consider that "the way we have always done it" may no longer be the way we should be doing it today and tomorrow.
In the olden days we may not have needed things like soccer fields and multiple boat launches, but today our soccer fields are full and one only has to visit the Kenai City Dock in July to grasp the importance of incorporating these "new" ideas.
I hope you will consider my reputation and record from both Planning and Zoning and Kenai City Council (1988-1998). During my prior time of service, our population nearly doubled. We were able to meet the increased demands for essential services such as street improvements, water and sewer, police and fire protection etc with a minimal increase in the mill rate.
I have always demonstrated my willingness to be available to everyone in the community, to listen, to learn and to work with other council members and the city administration. I do have a vested interest. My vested interest is in making Kenai the best place to work, play, and raise our families. I pledge to protect what Kenai residents love about Kenai.
Our All-American City status is an honor, but is only relevant if we can work together collectively to continue moving our city into the future while acknowledging and honoring the past.
I would appreciate your vote on Tuesday, October 2.
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