Soldotna voters heading to polls

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Registered voters in Soldotna will be returning to city hall today to decide who replaces Jane Stein as council member to fill seat D of the Soldotna City Council.

The poll at Soldotna City Hall the only place people can vote in person in the special run-off election will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. today.

Voters will be asked to choose between Peter Micciche and Linda Murphy, two of five candidates competing for the slot in the Oct. 2 municipal election.

Because none of the five candidates received 40 percent of the vote, a run-off between the two top finishers is required by city code.

Micciche, a superintendent for ConocoPhillips, received 243 votes or 37.9 percent; and Linda Murphy, retired Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk, received 147 or 22.93 percent of the vote.

Micciche and Murphy are vying for a three-year term of office.

"We have 2,974 registered voters in the city," said Soldotna City Clerk Teresa Fahning last week. "I encourage them to vote (today)."

On Oct. 2, Councilman Ed Sleater was re-elected to a three-year term on the council, and Councilman Shane Horan, was elected to complete the one year remaining on Lisa Parker's seat, from which she resigned a year ago. Horan was appointed to replace Parker until the next election, which was conducted Oct. 2. He has now been elected to complete the term.

Sleater and Horan ran unopposed.

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



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