Six term City Mayor John Williams welcomes newly elected Mayor Pat Porter.
Someone said that when 6-term Mayor John Williams decided not to run for re-election the void was so great that the people of Kenai knew it would take a woman to fill his shoes. So, with the October 5th election having been duly certified, last week Kenai City Councilwoman Pat Porter was sworn in as Kenai's first woman Mayor. "It feels wonderful to be able to represent the City of Kenai as its Mayor, and to do it with all the pride that I have for having lived in this community for as long as I have. I plan to pick up right where John left off and hope to carry on and make him proud," said Porter following last week's Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Porter and her husband Larry were sailing through the Panama Canal the evening of October 5th when she heard the results of the election, "My husband booked this trip last January before I even knew I was going to run for Mayor, so I was actually on the ship at sea when I found out that I had been elected Mayor. It was very exciting. It happened at midnight, there was actually an internet caf on the ship so we checked out the Borough website and found out that I had won, and of course immediately my mind started to race and think about what I can do as Mayor to help the City have a great future," said Porter.
The trip through the Panama Canal met all of the Porter's expectations, "All the history involved was absolutely fabulous. You can read about it and learn about it in school, but that is nothing like being there and actually witnessing going through the locks that were built in 1912, visualizing all the history and how they filled up that entire basin making it into a lake that moves our shipping the same way it was originally designed to. It was a wonderful trip and it even got better after the election was over," said Pat. Porter added that she hasn't made a "To do" list as yet for the City because she works with six other council members and says that as a team they will come up with a to do list together.
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