Candidate views: Edward Oberts, Borough Mayor

Road improvement a top priority

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2005

The Kenai Peninsula is my home. I was born in the clinic in Soldotna before there was a hospital. My father, Mike Oberts, homesteaded in Sterling in 1953 and worked many local construction jobs through the Labor Union. My mother, Teresa, came to Alaska to help build the Catholic Church in Soldotna where she met dad. She decided to stay in the area and taught at the old log cabin school in Sterling until they married. In 1954, my uncle, Leo Oberts homesteaded along the Kenai River in Kenai. He owned and operated Leo T. Oberts Insurance for many years. My two brothers, John and Gary, are still living in the area with their families.

I have been married to my wife, Leona Oberts, for over 15 years. We met working on political campaigns. She and our daughter, Allyson, are my biggest supporters. Leona started the Aurora Borealis Charter School and is currently opening a Teacher/Homeschool Supply Store. Allyson is 14 and will be starting high school at SOHI where I was in the first graduating class in 1981.

I am a product of our local school system attending Sterling Elementary, Soldotna Jr. High, Kenai High School and graduating from Soldotna High School in 1981. I went to UAA in Fairbanks for 2 years studying Petroleum Engineering. I then returned home and earned two Associate of Applied Science degrees at Kenai Peninsula College. I also started taking accounting and business courses, which I have continued at UAA in Juneau and Anchorage. I now have over 6 years of varied course work.

I am a conservative Republican and have been active in politics most of my life. While in high school, I attended Boys State and traveled to Washington DC with the Close-Up program. I have a unique combination of elected, appointed, and administrative experience that gives me the background to be an effective borough mayor:

Currently, Mayor Bagley’s appointed Chief Administrative Officer of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Elected to the Central Emergency Service Area Board

Legislative Aide to Senator Paul Fischer

Elected Republican Party District Chairman, Republican Party Central Committee Member, past Executive Committee member of the Alaska Republican Party

Past President of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

GOALS I want to accomplish as Borough Mayor:

Improve efficiencies at the borough by implementing new information systems and improving responsiveness to the public.

Improve borough roads with more road maintenance, dust control, and paving of heavy use borough roads.

Provide the leadership to ensure the 2006 Arctic Winter Games are successful.

Encourage the state to build the Cooper Landing Bypass, the Funny River Bridge, and make safety improvements to Jerrel’s Hill just before Homer.

I am a member of the following organizations: National Rifle Association (NRA), Peninsula Christian Center, Caribou Cabin Hoppers, and the Alaska Alzheimer’s Association. I enjoy being outdoors hunting, snowmachining, or just enjoying a campfire late into the evening.

Please feel free to call me at 398-8039.

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