Vacant Kenai council seat filled one month before elections

Vacant Kenai council seat filled one month before elections

  • By Kelly Sullivan
  • Sunday, September 7, 2014 6:32pm
  • News

While regular elections are less than a month away, one seat on the Kenai City Council seats up for grabs has already been filled.

Kenai Central High School senior Allie Ostrander will be taking the Kenai student representative position.

The student seat is one of the few exceptions to the voting age requirements in public elections on the Central Kenai Peninsula.

Principal of KCHS Alan Fields, said he had no trouble approving the final vote from the student leadership class, the group of residents required by city code to elect the student representative, who chose Ostrander.

“Allie is already well-known for her talents in running,” Fields said. “She is also gifted in academics and leadership and this position will give people the chance to see that.”

Ostrander has set various records in Kenai Peninsula Borough School District cross-country meets, and won the coed junior race at this year’s Mount Marathon in Seward.

This fall’s seat became vacant when previous representative, Courtney Stroh, founder of ROC the Kenai, graduated this summer.

Ostrander’s role will only be an advisory seat, Fields said. While the council deals with city issues, student concerns sometimes overlap and that younger voice has been valuable in the past.

When Stroh was running Respect Our Community, or ROC, the Kenai her onsite knowledge and understanding of the efforts required for beach clean up following the dipnetting season was very helpful said Kenai Mayor Pat Porter.

“She was there on the spot,” Porter said. “She knew what Kenai was going through.”

Porter said with every new representative there is an initial learning curve. She also said there is nothing currently on the agenda that affects student-age residents.

While students’ opinions are not frequently heard, they are always very full of thought and good advice, Porter said. The student receives an agenda before every meeting just like regular council members, Porter said.

Student representatives have weighed in on the issue of electronic cigarettes and the Kenai skate park, Porter said. The position has always been a good voice for the general public and helps the students gain experience that may look good for college scholarships or on future resumes, she said.

Porter, who works as a substitute teacher at KCHS, said she has known Ostrander and seen her various talents develop since she was a freshman.

“I hope she comes with an open mind,” Porter said. “I hope she is ready to take part in the council.”

Fields said the council has had a student seat for almost a decade. It has elicited a great partnership between the two bodies, he said.

“Ostrander is already outstanding,” Fields said. “She will be a great representative for our school, and she is already an excellent representative in her athletics.”

Ostrander has also been on the KCHS student council, is a member of the national honor society and participates in community service.

“She is just a great kid all around,” Fields said.

Kelly Sullivan can be reached at kelly.sullivan@peninsulaclarion.com

More in News

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce attends the March 2, 2021, borough assembly meeting at the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at the Borough Administration Building in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Former talk-show host to manage Pierce gubernatorial campaign

Jake Thompson is a former host of KSRM’s Tall, Dark and Handsome Show and Sound-off talk-show

Deborah Moody, an administrative clerk at the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage, Alaska, looks at an oversized booklet explaining election changes in the state on Jan. 21, 2022. Alaska elections will be held for the first time this year under a voter-backed system that scraps party primaries and sends the top four vote-getters regardless of party to the general election, where ranked choice voting will be used to determine a winner. No other state conducts its elections with that same combination. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
How Alaska’s new ranked choice election system works

The Alaska Supreme Court last week upheld the system, narrowly approved by voters in 2020.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to a joint meeting of the Alaska State Legislature at the Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, for his fourth State of the State address of his administration. Dunleavy painted a positive picture for the state despite the challenges Alaska has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the economy. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Gov points ‘North to the Future’

Dunleavy paints optimistic picture in State of the State address

A COVID-19 test administrator discusses the testing process with a patient during the pop-up rapid testing clinic at Homer Public Health Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Free rapid COVID-19 testing available in Homer through Friday

A drive-up COVID-19 testing clinic will be held at Homer Public Health Center this week.

In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a rally in Montgomery, Ala. Palin is on the verge of making new headlines in a legal battle with The New York Times. A defamation lawsuit against the Times, brought by the brash former Alaska governor in 2017, is set to go to trial starting Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 in federal court in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
Palin COVID-19 tests delay libel trial against NY Times

Palin claims the Times damaged her reputation with an opinion piece penned by its editorial board

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19 at all-time high statewide

The state reported 5,759 new cases sequenced from Jan. 21-23

Volunteers serve food during Project Homeless Connect on Jan. 25, 2018, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)
Project Homeless Connect to provide services, support on Wednesday

The event will be held at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The logo for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is displayed inside the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Schools aim for business as usual as cases reach new highs

On Monday, there were 14 staff members and 69 students self-isolating with the virus

Triumvirate Theatre is seen on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in Nikiski, Alaska. The building burned in a fire on Feb. 20. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Triumvirate construction on hold as theater seeks additional funding

The new theater is projected to cost around $4.7 million.

Most Read