Assembly President Kelly Cooper

Smithsonian Institute

District 31 candidates for Alaska House of Representatives are the guests on this week's Coffee Table. Click on the audio below to hear incumbent Representative Sarah Vance of Homer and candidate Kelly Cooper of Kachemak City take questions from the listeners and talk about their plans for serving in the Alaska State Legislature. 

Kelly Cooper

A week ago the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly said goodbye to its president, Assemblymember Kelly Cooper of Homer.
Cooper served six years over two terms, and due to term limits, is barred for seeking reelection to the assembly for a full year. She received praise and thanks from her fellow assemblymembers -- all of them men. In fact, Assemblymember Brent Hibbert pointed out the loss of Cooper’s perspective.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

Ever since the Kenai Peninsula Borough entered a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, assembly meetings have been held via Zoom video conferencing in order to comply with social distancing guidelines issued by the State of Alaska and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    But despite the dangers inherent in public gatherings at this time, some in the public -- and on the assembly -- think it’s time for video meetings to end.
    A gentleman named Robert, who did not give his last name, commented at Tuesday night’s assembly meeting.

Cooper promises an independent voice in Juneau

Aug 27, 2020

While not every race contested in the Alaska Primary Election last week has been decided, some candidates have gone ahead and started their General Election campaign. Kelly Cooper, who is the president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly skipped the primary to run as an unaffiliated candidate against first-term incumbent Rep. Sarah Vance, a Republican, in Alaska House District 31.

Shahla Farzan/KBBI

      Preliminary Primary Election results show close races and a number of upsets brewing across the state. On the Kenai Peninsula, there’s a little bit of that drama, even though two incumbent state representatives are running unopposed.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

The latest attempt to keep an easier, hybrid vote-by-mail system from coming to Kenai Peninsula Borough residents was turned back at Tuesday night’s assembly meeting. A veto made by Mayor Charlie Pierce on Monday of Ordinance 20-24 was overturned on a 6-to-3 vote.
    In defense of his veto, Pierce had previously claimed on social media that the vote-by-mail system would be mandatory, which is not the case. Assembly President Kelly Cooper called a post on Pierce’s campaign Facebook to that effect on June 13 irresponsible for its inaccuracy.

About two weeks after the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed an expanded elections options ordinance, it came up for a reconsideration vote about four hours into Tuesday night’s regular meeting. A reconsideration vote is a final effort to change something that’s already passed.
    During the meeting, Seward Assemblymember Kenn Carpenter explained why he asked to have the expanded elections ordinance reconsidered after it passed 6-to-3 two weeks earlier.


At Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, there will be a public hearing on an ordinance to establish a vote-by-mail option for elections in the Borough. Communities all over the country are considering vote-by-mail due to the current public health crisis and because of concerns about free and fair elections. Assemblymember Willy Dunne of Fritz Creek introduced this ordinance because of a recommendation from a Borough stakeholder group that issued a report in January of 2019.

Kathleen Gustafson/KBBI

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper of Homer will be wrapping up her second term there this fall, and has set her sights on the Alaska State House seat currently held by first-term District 31 Representative Sarah Vance, also of Homer.
    Cooper held a rally off the Homer Spit on Tuesday evening, speaking from the stern of the vessel Sea Nymph as a camera drone shot footage for commercials.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper and Borough Assemblymember Willy Dunne are the guests on this week's Coffee Table. 

This week in Juneau, there is an opportunity for local elected officials like borough assembly and city council members to speak with state legislators and state officials about municipal issues. Attendees get information about bills and the budget items that affect the communities they represent.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper is one of the many local officials in Juneau for the Alaska Municipal League's Winter Legislative Conference.

The AK Budget Breakdown with guests Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper and District 31 State Representative Paul Seaton.