Filing opens for local elections

Candidate filing periods opened this week for Homer City Council seats and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, Board of Education and service area boards. 

The Homer filing period ends at 5 p.m. Aug. 17; the borough filing period ends at noon Aug. 17.

In Homer, the seats of council members Beau Burgess and Francie Roberts are up for election. Burgess was appointed in April 2012 to fill the seat of Kevin Hogan, who resigned after he sued the city. Burgess was elected in October 2012 to fill out the balance of Hogan’s seat. On Monday, Burgess filed to run for re-election.

Roberts will not run for re-election, said city clerk Jo Johnson. In 2012, Roberts was elected to her third term, and said then that it would be her final term. 

Also filing on Monday is Robert “Bob” Howard, currently a member of the Port and Harbor Commission. When three-year council seats become vacant, candidates do not run for a specific seat. The top two candidates getting the most votes win election.

In borough races, on the assembly, three seats are up

for election: District 1-Kalifornsky, currently held by Kelly Wolf of Kenai; District 6-East Peninsula, currently held by Sue McClure of Seward, and District 9-South Peninsula, currently held by Mako Haggerty of Homer. Haggerty was first elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2012. Because of term limits on assembly members, he cannot run again.

As of late Tuesday, only Robin Davis had filed for election to the District 1 seat.

On the Board of Education, three seats are up for election: District 2-Kenai, held by Tim Navarre of Kenai; District 5-Sterling/Funny River, held by Marty Anderson of Sterling, and District 8-Homer, held by Liz Downing of Homer. No one has filed for election.

On the lower peninsula, other borough elections are for one 2-year seat and two 3-year seats on the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area Board; two 3-year seats on the Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board, and three 3-year seats on the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board.

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