Kenai candidates discuss views: Pat Porter, Kenai City Council incumbent

Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2003

People ask me all the time why would you want to run for city council. My reasons are truly from the heart. I am hooked on Kenai!

I learned, many years ago, in my Girl Scouting experience, each of us has a responsibility to leave the world a little better than we found it. For over 35 years my world has been Kenai. I have worked to improve Kenai in many different ways.

I have been actively involved with youth activities, beautification projects, chamber of commerce, All-American City committee, Visitor's and Convention Center, Kenai Peninsula United Way, and many projects, which benefit the elderly of our community.

My husband, Larry, and I have worked and raised our family in Kenai. Now retired, we have chosen to continue to make Kenai our home. Alaska has been home to us both since childhood.

City government has the most direct effect on the quality of individual's lives of any level of government. Members of a city council decide whether streets and homes are kept safe, whether children and families have parks and fields in which to play, whether we have libraries, or clean water to drink.

All these services are essential to the quality of life in our neighborhoods and are the function of a city. The delivery of these services are what determines if a family chooses to live, work or retire in a particular community.

It is my desire that all Kenai children deserve clean, safe neighborhoods, an updated library, and quality park and recreation programs. All Kenai senior citizens deserve access to quality services.

All Kenai families have the right to feel safe from fire and crime. All Kenai citizens deserve quality water and road systems in excellent condition. All Kenai property owners deserve enforcement of existing ordinances. All Kenai citizens deserve a vibrant business district with a thriving downtown area.

With over 30 years managerial experiences and volunteer activities, I have gained skills which will help me make responsible policy decisions.

I pledge to work tirelessly to keep local government accountable and effective. I will strive to bring common sense solutions to the problems our community will face in the coming years. I can guarantee you I will do my best to listen, work hard and accept the challenge of being a voice of the people.

I have a lot to offer Kenai and I now ask for your support to allow me to help guide Kenai in the right direction.

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