Soldotna council candidate eager to serve

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2004


  Ed Sleater

Ed Sleater

Ed Sleater decided the best way to spend some of his retirement would be to serve the city where he plans to spend the rest of his life.

As the sole person running to fill Seat E on the Soldotna City Council, Sleater will be elected Tuesday to replace Audrey Porter, who decided earlier this year not to seek re-election.

Sleater said Tuesday that he believes sitting on the council will give him the ability to play a more active role during a time in his life when he has the opportunity to serve.

"I just think that if you want to retire, you can sit down in front of the TV and die or do something constructive," he said.

Sleater has lived in the Soldotna area for five years. Before that, he was a 30-year employee of the Small Business Association, working in Anchorage for the final 18 years of his career. He and his wife, Sharen, have three children and six grandchildren, all of whom live in Alaska.

His experience in Alaska politics is limited, although he did serve on the school board when he lived in Battleground, Wash.

Sleater said he's always been interested in what goes on in the community and likes to help out wherever he can.

"I try to stay active in the community as far as volunteer work," he said, noting he's helped out with city flowers and is a member of the local Lions and Moose clubs.

Sleater said his primary reason for running is that he loves Soldotna and thinks he has something to offer to the community.

"Even when I lived in Anchorage, we would come down here and go fishing and I just though this is a beautiful part of the world," he said. "I think we have a very good city here, and I just wanted to be involved."

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