The city of Kenai has been my home for the last 41 years. My wife, Phyllis, and I have raised three children and now have eight grandchildren all in the Kenai area. We have been self-employed for the past 29 years with J.C. Bookey Excavating and five years with Coffee Time Espresso. In the last 12 years, you have chosen the last two years to give me the privilege to serve as your vice mayor. You now have the opportunity to elect a new mayor who will lead and guide for the future of Kenai. This position must understand what it will take to keep the city in a level of spending and taxation that will give our citizens what they need and want. My public and business experience can help us all move forward the goal of a better, stronger and enjoyable lifestyle. Areas of importance that will always be at the forefront of my agenda will be:
Economic development: Must work with all existing business to expand and grow for the future; encourage new small business of all kinds; expand health facilities in Kenai through private and public facilities; continued Kenai airport growth and improvements with federal aviation support.
Taxation: Continue working to keep city mill rate as low as possible; keep city user fee cost in line with services used; hold the line on all city spending and still maintain city services.
City services and projects: Work to complete coastal bluff erosion and trail project; development of Millennium Square property with private developers; better water and new, larger water line to feed all areas of town; paving of gravel streets and resurfacing of older streets; better snow removal in business and residential areas.
Quality of life issues: Address needs of senior citizens; work with nonprofit groups to enhance athletic opportunities; continue work on parks and beautification projects that will enhance the city in all areas; work to help our children and grandchildren to stay in the area and prosper.
If these are things that matter to you as a Kenai resident, then please vote for me on Oct. 5 as your city mayor. With your support and interest, Kenai will always be the best place in the world to live and enjoy. Remember, your vote does count.
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