Sharon Moock is no stranger to local politics.
Set to begin her second consecutive term on the Soldotna City
Council, Moock previously served on the council from 1985 until 1987 and again from 1995-96. From 1987 until 1995, Moock served as Soldotna's representative to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assem-bly.
And although she's looking forward to beginning another term on the council, the Kenai Middle School vice principal said she'd like to see some competition for her job.
"I wish there were more people that wanted to run," Moock said. "I certainly feel there are people that are highly qualified in the community."
Moock said she serves because she believes there are always issues facing the city which need to be addressed. Never afraid to speak up at council meetings, Moock was one of the main backers of the city's recent restaurant smoking ban.
Although she said she doesn't have any specific issues she'd like the council to address in her next term, Moock said she is looking forward to working through the city's next big issues.
"I think the two major problems have to do with the cemetery and the bridge," she said.
A planned new Kenai River bridge in Soldotna has been in the works for years, and construction is set to begin next year. However, a recent property ownership dispute involving the state, the city and a private property owner has threatened to sidetrack the project. Moock said she is hopeful the council can help resolve the issue so the project can move forward.
"Obviously we'd like to improve that bridge," she said.
She said she hopes the state and city can improve their communication in order to get the long-anticipated project moving.
"I can remember talk of this bridge 10 years ago," she said. "I guess I'd like them to just get on with it."
Moock has lived in Soldotna for 19 years. She and her husband, Don, have two daughters, Kimber-lie and Marissa.
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