Micciche clinches council seat

Top vote-getter in regular election also tops in run-off voting

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2007

With nearly 75 percent of the votes, Peter Micciche defeated Linda Murphy in Tuesday's run-off election for Soldotna City Council.

Of the 351 votes cast, 262 were for Micciche and 89 went to Murphy.

The totals are unofficial. Forty-four absentee ballots were also cast and five have yet to be returned. The absentee votes have not yet been counted.

The run-off election was necessitated because none of the five candidates running for Jane Stein's council seat received 40 percent of the vote as required by city code.

During the regular election Oct. 2, Micciche received 243 votes representing 38.09 percent of the vote and Murphy received 147 votes or 22.73 percent.

When informed of the winning margin Tuesday night, Micciche said, "I'm humbled.

"I plan to remain accountable to the people of Soldotna and to live up to their expectations.

"But they have a responsibility as well," he said. "I expect them to participate in the decision making.

"As a team, we will move forward successfully," Micciche said.

During his campaign, Micciche said one could not do the job of councilman from inside the council chambers.

When asked if he plans to continue going door-to-door to speak with Soldotna citizens, he said, "I do. I really enjoyed going door-to-door. Face-to-face is really the best way to communicate.

"I want people to know they will be warmly welcomed to come back and participate," he said.

Micciche plans to start a newsletter to be distributed to Soldotna residents keeping them informed of issues being faced by the city council.

Murphy said, "I wish Peter the best. I won't say I'm not going to toss my hat in again.

"I didn't want to make a career out of this so I'm not terribly disappointed," she said.

When asked if she could have done something differently during her campaign, Murphy said, "I could have been more of a politician and spoken to the crowd. I'm not a politician. I gave the same speech all along the way."

Micciche also said all four other candidates who ran for the council seat are to be thanked for putting in the effort to run for office.

In addition to Murphy, Lydia Bower, Penny Vadla and Chris Pankratz were on the original ballot.

The results of the run-off election are to be certified at the next meeting of the city council, Nov. 14, and Micciche will take office the following Monday.

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

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