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Porter supports economic development with state help

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2004

 

  Pat Porter

Pat Porter

1. Why do you want to be the mayor of Kenai?

I would like to represent the city of Kenai because I feel I have the skills needed to help Kenai move forward with quality living and economic development.

2. Which issues currently facing the city are the most important, and why?

Those issues which are most important are economic development issues. We need to market our community both to businesses and individuals ... .

My constituents have continually come to me and expressed that a lack of retail businesses in our community is an issue. We have to begin to market our town as a place that's business friendly."

3. As mayor, what can you do to encourage economic growth in Kenai?

We need to let everyone know that Kenai is open for business ... . There are businesses that need some type of help with signage. The city of Kenai has got to jump on board and work with the state of Alaska to let some type of (off-site) signage happen.

4. The Arctic Winter Games is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city. Do you support the games? If so, how can you help make the event a positive one for the city? If not, why not?

I personally can be very, very supportive of the games ... I think we should market Kenai as the "Gateway to the Games."

5. What would you like to see done with the city's "Millennium Square" property in downtown Kenai?

The KEDS group has a tremendous plan that includes a hotel, incorporating Native culture and a number of other ideas. I think it would be a positive thing for the city of Kenai.

6. What changes, if any, would you like to see made to the dipnet fishery at the mouth of the Kenai River?

I would like to see more parking and camping facilities looked at. Also, we're beginning to see that (fishery) is affecting the people in the residential zones near there. We need to develop existing camping areas and try to reduce conflicts.

7. The city recently has passed ordinances banning smoking in restaurants and requiring bicycle helmets for children under 16. Opponents of the laws argued these decisions are best left up to individuals, while proponents said such laws are needed to protect the public. What role should the city play in passing laws designed to protect the health and safety of its citizens? I think the city needs to look at the overall picture ... . I think the city's responsibility to the citizens is to make sure they're safe when in the public environment.

8. Both you and your opponent are current city council members. In what ways will the business of the city council change if you are elected mayor, rather than continuing to serve as an "ordinary" council member? I think when you are the mayor of the city, you are the official representative of the city. As mayor, you have a great opportunity to walk out and represent the people of this town in a positive manner. I think I would be a positive influence.



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