If you’ve ever thought you might like to run for public office, now is the time to get the ball rolling. The candidacy filing period for this year’s municipal and borough elections is now open.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough and municipal election is still a ways off – Tuesday, October 1st is Election Day. But now is the time for potential candidates to file their paperwork to run for office. For the borough, the candidacy filing period opened Thursday and will close at 4:30 p.m., August 15th.
There are three seats on the Borough Assembly up for election this year, in Districts 3, 4 and 7. Those seats are currently held by assembly members Ray Tauriainen, Linda Murphy and Brent Johnson. There are also three seats on the school board available, in Districts 1, 6 and 9 – seats held by Sammy Crawford, Lynn Hohl and Sunni Hilts. All borough seats are for three-year terms.
There are also several seats open on various borough fire service area, recreational service area and hospital boards. For a full rundown, check the borough website at borough.kenai.ak.us.
In the City of Homer, the candidacy filing period also opened Thursday and will stay open until 5 p.m. August 15th. There are two seats on the Homer City Council up for grabs this year, those held currently by council members James Dolma and Bryan Zak. Both are three-year terms.
City Clerk Jo Johnson says the qualifications for running for office on Homer are pretty straightforward. Candidates must be U.S citizens, at least 18 years of age and a resident of the City of Homer for at least one year.
Homer voters will also be voting on a referendum to repeal an ordinance that banned plastic grocery bags. The ordinance passed the city council last year and went into effect January 1st.
You can check your voter registration status by stopping by your local clerk’s office or contacting the state Division of Elections, which has an online registration form available at elections.alaska.gov.