Porter wins another term

Smalley, Eldridge win council seats; city propositions pass

Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Kenai Mayor Pat Porter said she is "just really glad" to be re-elected to a three-year term as mayor.

Porter bested challenger Mike Boyle in each of the city's three voting precincts, winning another term 663 to 483. Boyle will continue in his seat as a city councilman.

In the race for two open city council seats, Hal Smalley was the highest vote getter of three candidates. In Kenai, the top two finishers win office. Smalley garnered 713 votes and incumbents Barry Eldridge and Joe Moore received 486 and 470 respectively.

While Smalley is the clear winner of one council seat, the final outcome between Eldridge and Moore will be determined after absentee and questioned ballots are counted.

Eldridge said, when he was elected to his current seat, he initially lost by four votes. After absentee ballots were counted, he ended up winning by six votes.

"As I recall, there were about 100 absentee ballots," Eldridge said Tuesday night.

Also on the Kenai ballot were two bond propositions, one asking if the city should issue $2 million in general obligation bonds for Kenai River bluff erosion control, and the other asking if $2 million in bonds should be issued to expand the Kenai Community Library.

Voters said, "Yes" to both questions.

On her re-election, Porter said, "I'm honored that (the voters) trust me to serve as their mayor for another three years.

"I'm looking to do much the same with economic development, and to improve the city's water quality things the voters want and I want to continue to make Kenai the best place to live on the whole Kenai Peninsula," she said.

Boyle did not return a phone message left for him Tuesday evening.

When told of the vote totals in the council race, Smalley said, "That's good."

"I've missed being on the council. I really enjoyed that," he said, referring to a previous 10 years he served as a Kenai councilman.

"I want to sit down with the mayor and the council and find out what direction we want to go as a body the council, the mayor and city administration," Smalley said.

Eldridge said, "Well I've got a slim margin at the moment ... 16 votes. Hopefully I will pick up some more in the absentee again."

Moore said, "It looks like I lost; that's the way it is.

"I'd like to congratulate the other two candidates and thank the residents for allowing me to serve the last 12 years.

"I'm really pleased the two bond propositions won," Moore said.

All vote totals are unofficial returns posted on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Web site Tuesday night.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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