Soldotna City Council candidates Lisa Parker, Pamela Parker and Dave Carey speak to members of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna City Council candidates Lisa Parker, Pamela Parker and Dave Carey speak to members of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Parker appointed to Soldotna Council

Parker made an unsuccessful run for Seat D during the regular election held on Oct. 1.

Pamela Parker of Soldotna was unanimously appointed to a vacant Soldotna City Council seat.

The seat, Seat B, was vacated when Tyson Cox was elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, according to City Clerk Shellie Saner.

Parker ran for Seat D during the regular election held on Oct. 1, which was previously held by Tim Cashman. She lost the seat to Dave Carey by 66 votes.

“I did run in October for Seat D, but I am still interested in serving on the city council,” Parker said before her appointment at the Soldotna City Council meeting Wednesday night. “I love living in the city and am very passionate about where the city is heading and the future that we have for us here in Soldotna. I want to make sure Soldotna continues to be the best place for its residents.”

Parker, the owner of Everything Bagels in Soldotna, said she is looking forward to support small businesses, increasing pedestrian access and improving overall quality of health for residents.

“I believe I’ll bring a young perspective with new ideas and a business owner’s perspective,” Parker said.

The council also scheduled a special meeting during Wednesday night’s meeting. The new meeting will take place on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. in order to certify the results of the Dec. 17 Special Election for Soldotna’s new mayor.

With Mayor John ‘Nels’ Anderson’s death in September, the city declared a vacancy and a special election to fill his seat.

The election will take place on Dec. 17, with canvassing on Dec. 24 and the certification on Dec. 30.

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