Homer Councilmember challenges Castner for Homer Mayor
A Homer City Council member is seeking to move up to the mayor’s chair this year. The filing period for the mayor’s job and two city council seats opened on August first, and will close on the 17th.
Council member Donna Aderhold is in the second year of her second three-year term on the city council.
“What I would like to bring to the council anyway, is a well-run meeting that, you know, people can count on. A style of running a meeting that really allows the council members to have good discussion and make good decisions,” Aderhold said. “And from a city perspective, you know, kind of looking at the city more broadly and openness and openness to really participate in city council meetings. ”
In January, before the novel coronavirus struck America, the Homer City Council held a retreat to identify priorities for the upcoming year. Those are some of the things Aderhold said she’d like to see worked on again.
“Because of the pandemic most of those things have gotten sidelined and we've been working on other more immediate needs,” she said. “And one thing that I'm looking forward to doing is getting back into those, working on those priorities.”
Aderhold is an Alaska Salmon Fellow, after having gone through the Alaska Humanities Forum training program.
“I feel like it's made me a better person to be part of the Salmon Fellows Program and look forward to bringing a little bit of that to the mayor's office,” she said.
Adherhold’s name was not alone on the ballot long. One-term incumbent Mayor Ken Castner filed for reelection on Monday. In addition to the mayor’s position, two council seats are up for election this year. They are currently held by Rachel Lord and Caroline Venuti.