2017 Municipal Election

Absentee ballots will determine next borough mayor

Oct 24, 2017
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

 The general election wouldn’t settle it. Voting in Tuesday’s runoff wouldn’t determine the next Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, either. The absentee votes will make all the difference.

With all 28 precincts reporting shortly after p.m. Tuesday, Charlie Pierce held a 226 vote lead over Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings.

“Cautiously optimistic," is how Hutchings described the mood as she and her team had a late dinner Tuesday evening.

With a slim lead, Pierce said he was ready to be the next mayor.

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

The official results for Homer’s local election are in. Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord will be the newest additions to the Homer City Council. Both won by a landslide, each with 66 percent of the vote.

Lord and Venuti held 64 percent of the vote going into Friday, and Sarah Vance was in third. Vance came away with about 430 votes, 27 percent of the vote.

The city council is set to certify the results at its regular meeting on Monday. Venuti and Lord will both be sworn in during the meeting, and they are scheduled to take their seats on Oct. 30.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

As the dust settles from Homer’s election, two candidates are soaking in their landslide victories. Candidates Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord both clinched seats on the Homer City Council, beating out five other candidates. Both Lord and Venuti say they’re ready to take current council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds’ seats.

Voter turnout was higher than usual Tuesday. Including absentee and special needs ballots, about 37 percent of registered voters flocked to the polls.

Pierce and Farnsworth-Hutchings in run-off race for borough mayor

Oct 3, 2017
Shahla Farzan / KBBI

Mark your calendars for October 24th. That’s the date of the run-off election for Borough mayor. Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings and Charlie Pierce were the top two vote getters in unofficial results.

“I’m very, very pleased that I’m holding a majority of the votes on the Peninsula,” Pierce said. “I would say that Team Charlie is ready for the race. We’re going to run to the finish line.”

Pierce says his strategy won’t change for the next round, and he’ll continue to stump with a conservative approach. Hutchings couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Unofficial results are in for Homer’s local election. There were a couple of contested races for seats on the Homer City Council. Candidates Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord came away with about 770 votes each, about 64 percent of the vote. Sarah Vance is in third with 331 votes.

It’s unknown how many questioned ballots were cast Tuesday, but about 420 absentee ballots will be counted on Friday, making it unlikely for results to shift.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Five of the seven candidates running for two seats on the Homer City Council squared off one final time before Election Day Thursday. Candidates took both prepared and audience questions on a range of issues, but concerns about the current business climate, economic growth and capital projects stole the show.

City council candidates Andrew Kita and Kimberly Ketter were both absent, but the remaining five candidates gathered at the Homer Elks Lodge for the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s city council forum.

City Council profile: Kimberly Ketter

Sep 28, 2017
Courtesy of the City of Homer

Kimberly Ketter is running for one of two seats on the Homer City Council this fall. Ketter also ran for a seat in 2016.

She says she doesn’t like the way things are running currently and hopes to make a change. Ketter thinks the current council does not consider the views of every citizen in Homer.


Homer City Council candidates met at Kachemak Bay Campus to answer questions from the public and from reporters representing KBBI and Homer News.
The forum was broadcast live and recorded on September 21, 2017. Candidates participating: Kim Ketter, Andy Kita, Rachel Lord, Dwane Nustvold, Sarah Vance and Caroline Venuti. Candidate Stephen Meuller was unable to attend. The KBBI Candidates Forum will be rebroadcast on AM 890 on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. Stream it here at kbbi.org.