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Municipal election season begins today

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include that Willy Dunne is planning to run for re-election. 

The filing window for residents interested in serving on local city councils, assemblies and boards has opened. Candidate filing and nomination packets are available now until August 15 for those interested in running for office.

Two seats are up for grabs on the Homer City Council. Council members Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith’s three-year terms are both expiring. Homer Mayor Bryan Zak’s term is also coming to close. The mayor was elected in 2016, and plans to run for re-election. No one has filed to run for Homer City Council as of Wednesday afternoon.

On the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, the terms of Brent Hibbert, Kenn Carpenter and Willy Dunne are expiring. Willy Dunne filed to run for re-election.  All three seats are for three-year terms.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education also has three seats available, currently belonging to Tim Navarre, Mike Illg and Marty Anderson. They are Districts 2, 5 and 8, covering Kenai, Sterling and Homer, respectively. Terms are for three years.

Renee joined KBBI in 2017 as a general assignment reporter and host. Her work has appeared on such shows as Weekend Edition Saturday, The World, Marketplace and Studio 360. Renee previously interned as a reporter for KPCC in Los Angeles and as a producer for Stateside at Michigan Radio. Her work has earned her numerous press club awards. She holds an M.S. in journalism from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in women's studies from the University of Michigan.