Schaefer withdraws from assembly race

One of the candidates for District 2 on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is withdrawing from the race.

Jill Schaefer, who currently represents District 2 on the assembly, said in an interview Wednesday that she plans to withdraw her candidacy, although her name will still appear on the ballot. Although she said she has enjoyed serving on the assembly, she and her husband are looking at moving to a house that would no longer be within the boundaries of District 2, making her ineligible for the seat.

She said she felt it would be disingenuous to campaign for the seat if she planned to move out of the district, thus requiring her to resign. Her house has been listed for sale since May, she said, but she only filed for the seat because no one else had. After she filed, candidates Duane Bannock and Hal Smalley submitted their names for the seat.

“If I had known they were going to file, I wouldn’t have filed,” she said.

She said she wanted people to know that she wanted to withdraw from the race, although her name will still technically appear on the ballot.

Schaefer has served on the assembly since January, when the assembly selected her to replace former assembly member Blaine Gilman after he resigned his seat. She was one of three appointees who the assembly members selected to replace members who resigned this spring. The two other appointees, Kenn Carpenter of District 6 and Brent Hibbert of District 1, both filed their candidacy for the assembly as well. Carpenter is unopposed.

She’s the second assembly candidate to withdraw whose name will still appear on the ballot. Kate Veh, who originally filed her candidacy for District 1, announced her withdrawal from the assembly race last week.

Reach Elizabeth Earl at elizabeth.earl@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

tease
House District 6 race gets 3rd candidate

Alana Greear filed a letter of intent to run on April 5

Kenai City Hall is seen on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai water treatment plant project moves forward

The city will contract with Anchorage-based HDL Engineering Consultants for design and engineering of a new water treatment plant pumphouse

Students of Soldotna High School stage a walkout in protest of the veto of Senate Bill 140 in front of their school in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
SoHi students walk out for school funding

The protest was in response to the veto of an education bill that would have increased school funding

The Kenai Courthouse as seen on Monday, July 3, 2023, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Clam Gulch resident convicted of 60 counts for sexual abuse of a minor

The conviction came at the end of a three-week trial at the Kenai Courthouse

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets in Seward, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (screenshot)
Borough awards contract for replacement of Seward High School track

The project is part of a bond package that funds major deferred maintenance projects at 10 borough schools

Kenai Peninsula Education Association President LaDawn Druce, left, and committee Chair Jason Tauriainen, right, participate in the first meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Four Day School Week Ad Hoc Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
4-day school week committee talks purpose of potential change, possible calendar

The change could help curb costs on things like substitutes, according to district estimates

A studded tire is attached to a very cool car in the parking lot of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Studded tire removal deadline extended

A 15-day extension was issued via emergency order for communities above the 60 degrees latitude line

A sign for Peninsula Community Health Services stands outside their facility in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
PCHS to pursue Nikiski expansion, moves to meet other community needs

PCHS is a private, nonprofit organization that provides access to health care to anyone in the community

Jordan Chilson votes in favor of an ordinance he sponsored seeking equitable access to baby changing tables during a meeting of the Soldotna City Council in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna OKs ordinance seeking to increase access to baby changing tables

The ordinance requires all newly constructed or renovated city-owned and operated facilities to include changing tables installed in both men’s and women’s restrooms

Most Read