Candidate Views, Kenai Mayor: Pat Porter

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2004


  Pat Porter

Pat Porter

I believe it is my duty to the citizens of Kenai to take my proven leadership to the next level of public service as your next mayor. Communication, organization, management skills and seasoned leadership are what I have to offer to help shape the future Kenai.

Our citizens want to live in a community that is known for its prosperous industry, commercial activity, parks, library, recreation, safe and clean neighborhoods, streets that are well maintained, quality water, excellent police and fire protection, quality services for youth and our senior citizens. Working towards these goals has been my objective while serving on the city council and will be a top priority as your mayor.

The lack of retail business in Kenai has become a main citizen concern, however, during the past year our community has shown constant commercial development. We have seen three new restaurants, a new airport lodge, two dance studios, computer store, Spenard Builders Millworks, Home Depot, Allen and Petersen, postal center, expanded Three Bears, Kenai Landing, two new subdivisions, Hobby Shop and the pending opening of Carl Jr.'s in the Burger King building. These are all positive indications of growth within our community. We need to attract commerce that will allow our citizens to shop within Kenai.

It is my goal to implement a proactive system of business marketing by engaging in a dialogue of communication between city hall, chamber of commerce and economic entities that will encourage strong retail growth.

Kenai is a hidden treasure! Did you know that we have a modern airport, boat harbor, fishing industry, oil and gas development, Native culture, historical heritage, mouth of the famous Kenai River, or beautiful visitors center? Marketing of our city needs to be enhanced. When we market Kenai, our city will grow and so does our economy. With a stronger economy, our youth can remain in Kenai to work and raise their families.

Kenai has several empty buildings, which have been a top priority of every economic discussion. It is time to become proactive on this issue. I plan to hold an open meeting with the owners of these facilities to move towards a positive solution.

Kenai has a bright future. We could be the gateway to the Pebble Mine project, a proposed ferry system from Anchorage to Point Possession, a youth mental health facility and the Coastal Trail Project are all on the horizon.

The citizens of Kenai are the city's greatest asset. I will devote myself to brining people together of various culture and ethnic groups to help lead the way into our future.

City government, unlike any other level of government, has the most direct affect on the quality of the individual's life. For this reason, it is important to take an active part in the selection of your next mayor. On Oct. 5, you should select a mayor who has strong leadership skills and is ready to meet the challenges that will make Kenai a place we are all proud to call home.

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