The Homer City Clerk’s Office announced two more filings came in for public offices to be voted on in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Election set for Oct. 2.
Current City Councilman Bryan Zak filed to run for mayor of Homer. Currently-serving Homer Planning Commissioner James Dolma filed for a Homer City Council seat.
Previous filings for office include Beth Wythe, currently serving her eighth year on the city council, announced she is seeking the mayor’s slot. Francie Roberts and Beau Burgess each filed to retain city council seats. Roberts has served since 2006 and Burgess since his appointment in April to fill Kevin Hogan’s seat after his resignation.
Zak is the director of the Small Business Development Center for the Kenai Peninsula. He has served on the Homer City Council four years. Dolma is a case manager for South Peninsula Hospital Behavior Health Services.
Zak earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration from Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif., and a Master’s in counseling from Eastern Washington University
The 14 year Alaska resident served on the Homer Planning Commission from 2006-2008, then on the Homer City Council from 2008 to the present. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force.
According to his candidate’s statement, Zak said serving all of the people of Homer and ensuring their interests are represented is his my first priority.
“The natural gas line is going to connect to Homer from Anchor Point next year and this is going to take an incredible amount of work and cooperation,” he wrote.
“My strategic planning and business projection skills as well as my ability to listen to and represent the many ideas of the citizens in Homer will ensure this opportunity enhances our “quality of life,” and becomes the catalyst for making Homer a community where families are able to comfortably prosper for many generations to come.”
He believes taxes are collected not only for core services of public safety, road maintenance, water and sewer, port and harbor services. “City government should play a major role in supporting other public services such as the library, community schools, parks and recreation, and non‐ profit organizations.”
James Dolma’s candidate statement:
I have lived in Homer for 22‐ years. It has been a wonderful place to marry and raise a family. I have volunteered for many organizations, starting with the Homer volunteer fire department and most recently serving on the Homer Planning Commission.
I want to maintain the special attributes of Homer, will promote the well‐ being of our citizens, and work diligently to promote long term solutions for business growth and youth opportunity. While promoting economic development, public safety and health is critical, careful budgeting must be followed.
Homer is a great place for fishing, education, the arts, great food, awesome beauty, and amazing trails. We need to
equally build a reputation as the place to build a business, especially for sustainable business as we see growing in the Farmers Market.
As planning commissioner, I sought ways to encourage growth in business and marine support industries while preserving natural views, and open spaces supplemented by parks and recreation areas.
I support fiscal restraint and responsible use of citizens’ tax money, along with consistent policies so people know what to expect and budget.
Homer has been good to me and now is the right time to give back to my community.
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