Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, left, and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, right, participate in a mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center on Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, left, and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, right, participate in a mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center on Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Farnsworth-Hutchings vying for vacant Soldotna council seat

The interviews can be watched live on Wednesday

Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings is one of three individuals vying for a vacant seat on the Soldotna City Council, which is scheduled to interview candidates during their Wednesday meeting.

The vacant seat used to be held by Paul Whitney, who ran successfully for mayor of Soldotna during the Oct. 6 municipal election.

In addition to Farnsworth-Hutchings, the city received applications from Micah Shields and from Erick Hugarte.

According to their applications, Shields is a local business owner and lifelong Alaska resident and Hugarte received his GED from Kenai Peninsula College and has lived in Alaska for 11 years.

In her letter of intent, Farnsworth-Hutchings touted her experience in government and her ability to work will legislators on “both sides of the aisle.”

“I have worked both stated, municipal, non-profit, and private sector budgets – I am aware of the impact that Soldotna has on the residents of the City and those in outlying area that enjoy our City,” Farnsworth-Hutchings wrote.

According to the City of Soldotna’s procedures for filling a city council vacancy, the council will make and pass a motion to begin the voting process by secret ballot after the interviews are complete. The city clerk will tally the votes and the winner will be sworn in and take their seat on the council immediately.

Whoever is chosen to fill the seat will serve a partial term to end on Oct. 17, 2021.

The interviews can be viewed live on Wednesday on the City of Soldotna’s website.

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

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