Ken Castner

Courtesy of City of Homer

The Alaska Legislature abandoned its attempts on Friday to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes of roughly $390 million to the state’s operating budget. Homer Mayor Ken Castner said the vetoes make him incredibly concerned about the future of the city as a whole.

Castner warned that severe cuts and defunding of programs would have a very harmful effect on Homer, from a potential closure of the Kachemak Bay Campus to the loss of crucial mental health care from South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services.

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Homer Mayor Ken Castner’s first official Homer City Council meeting started off on a tense note this week. Castner clashed with council members on rules guiding the council’s authority while acting in his stead and the future of mayoral proclamations. 

Council member Donna Aderhold proposed a measure Monday to clarify the role of the mayor pro tem. It’s the role of the council member who serves as acting mayor while the mayor is away.

Castner elected mayor

Oct 5, 2018
Courtesy of City of Homer

Ken Castner will be Homer’s next mayor. Castner officially came in with 53 percent of the vote, defeating his opponent David Lewis, who garnered 46 percent of the vote. 

Castner did not run on any particular issues, saying his goal was to help the council come to an agreement on policies. Lewis supported a plastic bag ban in his run for mayor and making Homer more accessible. He also promoted more advertising of Homer as a four-season destination.