• Good turnout for Homer City Council seats, school board, borough Assembly
By Naomi Klouda
Certain years the city can’t seem to interest citizens in running for seats on the level of small government, but this isn’t a typical year with six people turning out for two seats or for the six running for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.
Voters will be casting ballots Oct. 6 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough election, deciding on city council seats, borough assembly representatives and school board members. Homer’s ballot also will carry Prop 1., which asks voters to decide whether they want to go with a 3 percent seasonal sales tax exemption on groceries Sept. 1 to May 31. This is reduced down from the 4.5 percent tax previously voted out in the 2008 borough election.
By the time the election filing period had closed at 5 p.m. Monday, Homer City Council member Francie Roberts was the lone incumbent this year. Councilman Dennis Novak declined another bid for his own seat. Novak, a local bed and breakfast owner, had served since 2003. Roberts, a high school math teacher, has served since 2006.
Candidates for city council interested in the three-year seats include Kevin Hogan, Leonard Wells, Patrick Cashman, Kent Haina and Danny Shannon.
Three of the candidates are local business owners. Hogan is owner of a Homer Spit fishing concern and Wells, a long-time attender of city council meetings, is an co-owner of Kharacters Bar. Haina owns a fishing charter company. Cashman is a manager at Land‘s End Resort. Shannon is a longtime Homer resident who drives a school bus.
In the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly election, incumbent Assemblyman Gary Knoff of District 1 is running uncontested. Also interested in three-year seats are Sue A. McClure and Edgar Blatchford for District 6, Seward. Three candidates are running for the South Peninsula seat vacated by Milli Martin. Those are Jesse R. Clutts, Tom Clark and Mako Haggerty.
In Borough School District filings, current district board member Liz Downing is running uncontested for her Homer seat, while Tim Navarre seeks the District 2 slot, and Marilyn Pawluk and Marty T. Anderson each cast bids for the District 5 Sterling-Funny River position.
Proposition 1, the sales tax question voters will be asked to decide, proposes to levy a 3 percent sales tax on non-prepared food items. The tax allocates .75 percent to fund water and sewer systems, another .75 percent for road and trail construction and 1.5 percent for the general fund during the period from Sept. 1 to May 31. If voters approve the measure, it would it will become effect Jan. 1.
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