Two file for open Soldotna council seat

Soldotna City Council will decide between two applicants Wednesday night to fill a vacant seat.

Residents Jordan Chilson and Justin Ruffridge have both submitted their applications for Seat F, left open by Keith Baxter’s resignation in March.

Ruffridge has been a resident for three years. He holds a doctorate degree in pharmacy and works as a pharmicist in the community. Annexation, retail space and natural resources are Ruffridge’s three biggest concerns. He said he also feels that the city could improve the downtown area and increase emphasis on the Kenai River.

Ruffridge was recently appointed to the city’s planning and zoning commission.

Chilson has been a resident of Soldotna for 1.5 years. He has an Associate of Applied Science in General Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is currently working on his Masters of Public Administration. His top three concerns include annexation, diversifying municipal revenue and a decline in tourism. He also said he’s interested in collaborating with Kenai to explore a joint water and sewer infrastructure.

Chilson was recently appointed to the Soldotna Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and said he would like to continue fully supporting the Parks and Recreation department.

Candidate interviews are the first action item on the docket for Wednesday’s meeting.

The city council will interview the candidates before voting on who will fill the seat, said City Clerk Shellie Saner. The vote will be tallied via secret ballot.

“The selected candidate will take their oath of office and their seat on the dais to participate in the rest of the meeting,”

The selected candidate will serve a partial term, ending with the elections on Oct. 14.

Reach Kat Sorensen at ksorensen@peninsulaclarion.com

More in News

Image via Alaska Board of Fisheries
Statewide shellfish meeting rescheduled

This comes after the board bumped back its Southeast and Yakutat shellfish meeting

A State of Alaska epidemiology bulletin can be found at https://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/pages/default.aspx.
State updates STI protocol after reported drop

The state has been experiencing an outbreak since 2017

The Kenai Fire Department headquarters are photographed on Feb. 13, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Police identify remains found in burned car

Kenai Police and Fire departments responded to a car fire at Beaver Creek in Kenai on Jan. 7

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses members of the press on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Juneau, Alaska. (Screenshot)
Dunleavy talks upcoming session, lambasts media

In a press conference Monday, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy discussed his goals… Continue reading

Courtesy photo / Juneau Raptor Center
This golden eagle was rescued by the Juneau Raptor Center over the summer after being found weak and thin.
Rescue center, birdwatchers look back on 2021

Juneau Christmas bird count was way down this year.

This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (NICT via AP)
Tsunami advisory issued after eruption

An undersea volcano erupted Friday near the South Pacific island of Tonga, triggering concerns of damaging waves across Pacific coastlines

Flowers bloom at Soldotna City Hall on Wednesday, June 24, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Multiple public works projects underway in Soldotna

Soldotna City Council received an update on eight different projects

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Hospitalizations rise as state reports increase in COVID cases

There were a total of 112 COVID-related hospitalizations in Alaska as of Friday

Most Read