Soldotna mayor, city council to stay the same

Posted: Wednesday, October 05, 2005

With no opposition, lone candidates for mayor and two city council seats in Soldotna were re-elected Tuesday to three-year terms.

Dave Carey, who has been the city's mayor since 2001, will continue in that capacity for three more years.

Lisa Parker and M. Scott McLane retained their seats on the city's governing council.

Parker was first elected to the Soldotna City Council in 2002, and McLane served two terms from 1983 to 1989, followed by his current term, which began in 2002.

Carey, 53, who retired this year after 30 years of teaching, has resided in Alaska since 1961, and graduated from Kenai Central High School in 1970.

He received a bachelor's degree and master's in education from Gonzaga University in 1974 and 1976, respectively.

In a statement before the election, Carey said he hoped to continue promoting the Soldotna area as a safe, family community that is friendly to economic development, senior citizens, veterans, churches and children.

He also said the fact that no one opposed him and the two council member candidates is indicative of citizens' approval of the way the city is being governed.

Parker, 50, is a native of Fairbanks and graduated from Service High School in Anchorage. She has a bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and works as a government and community relations representative for Agrium in Nikiski.

She and her husband, Steve Horn, have a son, Nick.

In addition to his numerous terms on the council, McLane, 51, has been on the board of the Alaska Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors for two three-year terms.

A professional land surveyor with McLane Consulting Inc., McLane and his wife, Mari, have a daughter, Mavica, 15, and son, Stryker, 13.

McLane was born in Seward and has spent his entire life on the Kenai Peninsula. He said he hopes to maintain a good quality of life for residents in Soldotna.

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