A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file)

A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Election day is Tuesday

The borough’s special mayoral election is Feb. 14

Voters will cast their ballots Tuesday, Feb. 14, for who they want to see become the next mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Dave Carey, Zachary Hamilton, Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings and Peter Micciche have all filed to run in the borough’s special mayoral election. Another candidate, Robert Wall, is a registered write-in candidate.

The position is currently held by Mike Navarre, who was appointed interim mayor by borough assembly members last year. Navarre took over from former Mayor Charlie Pierce, who resigned amid allegations of harassment by his assistant. Navarre will serve until a new mayor is chosen through the special election.

Whoever is elected through the special election will serve until the next regular borough election in October.

Borough code requires borough mayors to be elected with a majority of votes cast. If no candidate receives the majority of votes, the top two vote-getters advance to a runoff election. Per the special election schedule, election certification is scheduled for Feb. 21, followed by a runoff election, if needed, on March 7.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day. Voters in the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s by-mail precincts should have been mailed a ballot before the election. By-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day.

More information about Tuesday’s special election can be found on the borough elections website at kpb.us/vote.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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