Homer Mayor

Ken Castner leads in race for Homer Mayor

Oct 2, 2018
Courtesy of City of Homer

Candidate Ken Castner leads in the race for Homer’s mayor by about 100 votes, according to unofficial results.

However, Castner’s lead over his opponent David Lewis is not guaranteed. Approximately 320 absentee, questioned and special needs ballots still need to be counted. Nine additional ballots could also arrive by mail.  

Still, Castner said he’s elated that his message of cooperation and unity resonated with voters.  Castner is running as a “citizens’ mayor” and promises that if elected, he will not break ties on the council.

Voters decide on Homer’s new mayor

Oct 2, 2018
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Homer voters are deciding between two candidates on Tuesday with very different visions for the role of the mayor on the Homer City Council.

Candidate Ken Castner ran as a “citizens’ mayor,” promising not to break ties or make proclamations.  He is against dedicated funds, such as the Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails fund.

David Lewis campaigned on topics such as taxing bear-viewing operations, increasing traffic at the large vessel haul out and pushing the city to become a four-season destination.

Coffee Table- September 19, 2018

Sep 19, 2018
Alder Seaman, KBBI

On this week's Coffee Table: candidates for Homer's mayor. Ken Castner and David Lewis spoke on everything from their views on mayoral proclamations to how they would approach balancing the budget. The municipal election is on Oct. 2. 

KBBI News

Click on the audio file below to hear the  Homer City Council & Mayoral Candidates Forum sponsored by The Homer Chamberof Commerce, recorded at Alices's Champagne Palace in Homer on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Mayoral Candidate Profile: Bryan Zak

Sep 24, 2016
Photo Courtesy of City of Homer

Bryan Zak has served on the Homer City Council for the past seven years. Before that he served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He’s one of two candidates running for mayor. David Lewis, who serves on the Homer City Council with Zak is also running. Current Homer Mayor Beth Wythe is not running for re-election. 

Before moving to Homer, Bryan Zak managed homeowners associations in Anchorage and in Wasilla. In 1998, he and his wife started a vacation rental business in Homer, and he moved here in 2004. 


Mayoral Candidate Profile: David Lewis

Sep 24, 2016
Photo Courtesy of City of Homer

David Lewis has served on the Homer City Council for the past eight years. He says he’s running for Homer mayor to give voters a choice. He moved from his home state of New York to Alaska in 1976, where he worked as a teacher in rural Alaska for many years, eventually settling in Homer. He’s one of two candidates running for mayor. His fellow Homer City Council member, Bryan Zak, is also running. Current Homer Mayor Mary E. “Beth” Wythe is not running for re-election. 

David Lewis says he’s running for mayor because he thinks there should be competition.