By Naomi Klouda
On the last day open to candidates filing for city of Homer office, Don Stead withdrew his name for the mayor’s race and Lindianne Sarno added hers.
City races include two Homer City Council seats up for voter decision and a vote for Homer mayor. The filing period opened Aug. 1 and closed Aug. 15.
Homer Planning Advisory Commissioner Don Stead originally filed to run against incumbent Mayor Beth Wythe, but withdrew his name Friday.
“My wife and I talked about it, and we decided that, if we are going to go visit our family, this would be a complication for us,” Stead explained. “It’s not quite the right time.”
Homer musician Lindianne Sarno stepped up to the mayoral plate for the upcoming local election, making her announcement on Friday.
“I’m doing it because I felt I hadn’t heard the issues that are important to me being discussed,” she said. “I would like to include these issues in the public discussion.”
Sarno identified seven issues she feels are crucial for Homer’s public dialogue: Working on alternative energy sources, non-motorized transportation, support for education, consulting local knowledge, honoring families that give Homer its character; attaining home rule status as a city and developing the local economy for those who live here rather than for those businesses the town might attract.
Sarno is involved in a number of Homer organizations, including her past service on the Homer Economic Development Commission and as secretary of the Wooden Boat Society. She owns a business on Pioneer Avenue, the Music Garden, as well as a small agricultural farm.
“I have conservative values,” Sarno said. “I believe in conserving natural resources. That’s not how (people define conservative) normally, but I am a conservative.”
She said she uses the term to mean an older American definition utilized when the country was organized by agricultural hubs.
“People of the land are generally conservative in that they want their farms to be there for generations,” she said.
Sarno believes the role of government should be limited and that people should be unencumbered by too many rules that limit their businesses and interests.
Two Homer City Council seats are up for election.
Catriona Lowe filed her candidacy for Homer City Council. Lowe is the clinic manager at the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic where she has worked since 2003. She moved to Homer in 1995 from Girdwood, and through her years here has grown involved in a number of community projects. She served on the Homer Cycling Club as a founding member. She also served on the board at KBBI Public Radio. For two years, she served as the office manager at the Pratt Museum,1999-2000, and has been involved in her children’s classrooms from 2002-2013. She has two sons, 13 and 17 years old, and is married to Derek Reynolds.
Incumbent David Lewis has submitted his intention to earn a third term in office. Lewis was elected to office Oct. 7, 2008 and re-elected Oct. 4, 2011.
Lewis arrived in Alaska in 1976, and spent 12 years teaching school in bush Alaska, before moving to Homer in 1989. He taught for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for nine years, and retired in 1998. Lewis currently works for the Kachemak Bay Campus as the coordinator for the Youth Job Training program.
Barbara Howard, who has served on the council since her 2008 appointment and re-elected for two more terms, has chosen to not seek re-election.
Corbin Arno and Justin Arnold have also filed for city council seats. Arno is a lifelong Homer resident and manger of the family’s business, Arno Construction.
Arnold, also born and raised in Homer, is a commercial fisherman and construction business owner by trade. Both Arno and Arnold are members of Homer Voice for Business. This is the second election for each of them, having run in the 2013 City of Homer Election against incumbent Councilman Bryan Zak, who won in the election.
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