On Tuesday, Oct. 5, elections will be held for Homer City Council, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 9 and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education District 8. To help inform voters, the Homer News will introduce the candidates, show their answers to a group of questions and give them an opportunity to make their pitch on why you should elect them. This week, we introduce the candidates, reprinting the statements they provided to the borough and the city.
Absentee in person voting begins Sept. 20 at the Homer City Clerk’s office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Applications for voting by mail must be received by Sept. 28. To apply for an absentee ballot, visit www.elections.alaska.gov.
Election Day is 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5.
Borough School Board, District 8
Current District 8 school board member Mike Illg’s seat also is up for election. In an email, Illg said he will not run for re-election.
“I have chosen not to run again so that I can focus on other variables in my life: family, professional development, recreational endeavors and whatever great adventures life has ahead for me,” he wrote.
District 8 includes the city of Homer and Kachemak City. The candidates are Britny Bradshaw and Tim Daugharty.
Residence Address: 5709 Clearwater Drive, Homer
Mailing Address: 5709 Clearwater Drive, Homer, AK 99603
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: (907) 299-7442
Spouse: Jared Bradshaw
Children: Joshua, William, Gabriel & Gracey Bradshaw
Residency in Alaska: Since December 2011, 9 years 8 months
Political & GovernmentalExperience:
Business & Professional Positions: Clerical Assistance of Support Vessels of Alaska,Reception at SPH Specialty Clinic, Vocal Instructor and choir director at Harbor School
Service Organization Memberships: Paul Bank, West Homer PTA PTO; Homer Middle parent representative; Homer High Booster clubs
Candidate statement: Our family of six moved to Homer ten years ago. Together we built a successful marine business and when the kids got older – l started working at SPH. I love Homer and the public schools my children attend.
Starting in pre-k and continuing through high school, I have served as a volunteer in classrooms, on the PTA, PTO, and booster clubs. This year, I hosted a safe and successful outdoor prom.
My family and I perform in vocal performances throughout our community. I taught voice lessons, children’s choir and created an art showcase to provide art scholarships to local kids.
Last year, we learned that closed schools and canceled youth activities had a devastating impact on our kids. We know that schools, music and sports can be held safely and responsibly. Our schools and the kids they serve need access to in person instruction, music and sports.
I will bring my passion for healthy families and schools to the school board as your representative. I intend support kids, parents and teachers by keeping the focus on purposeful, positive education and providing our kids every opportunity to excel in their classrooms, on the stage and on the field.
Residence Address: 65189 Diamond Ridge Road, Homer
Mailing Address: PO Box 1683, Homer, AK 99603
Email Address: email@example.com
Contact Phone: (907) 399-7816
Occupation: Retired Educator
Spouse: Kim Greer
Children: Piper & Quinn
Residency in Alaska: 38 years
Education: BS – Wildland Mgt. MA – Education Leadership
Political & Governmental Experience: South Peninsula Hospital Service Area 2020
Business & Professional Positions:
Service Organization Memberships: Homer High School Site Council – Past Member, Homer Parks and Recreation Commission – Past Member, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust – Past member
Candidate statement: After a five-year “practice retirement” from the Kenai Peninsula school district, I hope to return to a community I dedicated my career to. My passion for KPBSD youth and dedication to this education system will forever be in my blood. With over thirty years of classroom experience, I endeavor to be a school board member driven by that knowledge and wisdom, and to lead with spirit, grit, humor, and heart.
While involved in education I’ve always erred on the side of the youth, often to the chagrin of some supervisors. My litmus test was and always will be, “Is it good for kids?” I believe decisions should be made with the whole child in mind, and strive to create a safe, studentcentered atmosphere to promote lifelong learning.
My goal as a school board member would be to unify different publics and nurture mutual trust in our educational institution. My strength has always been in consensus-building and teamwork, and I pledge to bring that tool box to the educational board. By cultivating common ground and bridging ideological differences, we can turn towards the future with confidence and conviction in our educators, for students.