Assemblymember Jesse Bjorkman


The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly held their regular meeting on Tuesday night. Click on the audio file below to hear a recap from KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson.

Smithsonian Institute

Voting accessibility is on the ballot for the October 6th Borough elections. Borough Proposition Two would repeal the hybrid vote by mail system passed by the Assembly in 2019. The Assembly was responding to the report and recommendations of the Election Stakeholders Group when they passed an ordinance to institute vote by mail, borough-wide.

The Stakeholders Group was created by the Borough in response to a case before the Alaska Human Rights Commission concerning a Homer voter who was unable to vote a secret ballot due to their disability.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough will soon be moving into the age of “remote sensing.” The assembly approved a nearly-half-million-dollar no-bid contract with a company to provide the borough with “Pictometry Oblique Imagery” for the purposes of property assessment. Currently, the borough assesses real property from the ground. The contract with Bellevue-based EagleView will be for photographing private property from the air.
Nikiski Assemblyman Jessie Bjorkman, however, felt that was an invasion of privacy.

After failing to block an ordinance in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly that would provide for an expanded number of options for residents to casts votes, foes of voting-by-mail, led by Assemblymembers Norm Blakley of Sterling and Jesse Bjorkman of Nikiski, have filed a referendum petition application to have the measure repealed by voters in October.
    The Borough Mayor's Office and assembly members were notified by the clerk of the filing on Thursday.