Kenai Peninsula voters sack grocery tax; term limits OK'd

PENINSULA: Soldotna ousts trio; proposition results are mixed.

October 7, 2009 

Homer voters on Tuesday rejected a 3 percent sales tax on groceries that would have been levied Sept. 1 through May 31.

Kenai Peninsula Borough voters re-approved limits of two consecutive terms for borough Assembly members. A previously passed term-limits rule forced current Assembly President Milli Martin and councilman Ron Long, with 18 years of service between them, to give up their seats. Voters replaced them with Mako Haggerty and Sue McClure, respectively. Incumbent Gary Knopp ran unopposed.

In Soldotna, voters replaced three City Council members and rejected a ballot measure that would have exempted city officials and candidates from state financial disclosure requirements.

In Kenai, voters returned incumbent Bob Molloy to his City Council seat. Voters there voted to repeal a rezoning decision on about 22 acres north of the Kenai Spur Highway that changed it from Residential 1 and Conservation to Limited Commercial.

In Seward, Willard Dunham will be the city's new mayor. Those running for the city's three open council seats, two of them incumbents, all were unopposed.

Seward voters supported a bond issue to help fund a library/museum building project but rejected adding a 0.5 percent sales tax that would have gone toward the same project. Advisory Proposition 1 asked voters whether they wanted fluoride added to the city's water. As of Wednesday, the yeses had it, with only 23 votes separating those who do from those who don't, but at least 93 absentee ballots remained to be counted.

Here are the results in the borough. The vote won't be final until absentee and questioned ballots are counted:

Kenai peninsula borough

Assembly

District 1

• Gary Knopp -- 454

District 6

• Sue McClure -- 435

• Edgar Blatchford -- 285

District 9

• Mako Haggerty -- 461

• Tom Clark -- 228

• Jesse Clutts --110

BOROUGH PROPOSITION

Proposition 1 (term limits for Assembly members)

• Yes -- 3,244

• No -- 2,922

Board of Education

District 2

• Timothy Navarre -- 514

• Write-in votes -- 121

District 5

• Marty Anderson (incumbent) -- 240

• Marilyn Pawluk -- 195

District 8

• Liz Downing (incumbent) -- 758

Soldotna CITY COUNCIL

Seat A

• Nels Anderson --314

• Jim Stogsdill (incumbent) -- 258

Seat B

• Brenda Hartman -- 314

• Eugene Fowler (incumbent) -- 237

Seat C

• Dale Bagley -- 324

• Jay Rohloff -- 239

Seat D

• Peggy Mullen -- 321

• Scott McLane (incumbent) -- 245

Soldotna Proposition

Proposition 1 (exempt city officials and candidates from state financial disclosure laws)

• Yes -- 237

• No -- 318

Kenai City Council

• Bob Molloy (incumbent) -- 649

• Ryan Marquis -- 462

• Tim Navarre -- 420

KENAI CITY PROPOSITION

Proposition A (zoning change repeal)

• Yes -- 617

• No -- 478

Seward

Mayor

• Willard Dunham -- 264

• Write-in votes -- 113

City Council

• Bob Valdatta (unopposed/incumbent) -- 311

• Vanta Shafer (unopposed) -- 310

• Tom Smith (unopposed/incumbent) -- 285

Advisory Proposition 1

• Yes -- 229 (on adding fluoride to the water)

• No -- 206

Advisory Proposition 2 (add a 0.5 percent sales tax increase to help fund the city's library/museum project)

• Yes -- 185

• No -- 251

Proposition 3 (bond issue supporting library/museum project)

• Yes -- 253

• No -- 176

Homer

City Council (top two vote getters win)

• Francie Roberts -- 530

• Kevin Hogan -- 374

• Kent Haina -- 351

• Patrick Cashman -- 203

• Daniel Shannon -- 144

• Leonard Wells -- 88

• Sales tax (3 percent on groceries seasonally)

Yes -- 403

No -- 545

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