Wolf wants to give voters a choice

  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
  • Thursday, August 14, 2014 9:34pm
  • News

Local elected official Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai, is running for Lt. Governor.

Wolf said he decided to run to give voters a choice and because too much of state representation comes from Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley.

“I believe in the electoral process and that the people should have a choice,” he said.

Wolf, 52, currently represents the Kalifornsky District for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2002, serving one term.

“The Lt. Governor is a representative of the people and I’ve always … tried to honor and respect that my voice is a representation of what the people want,” he said.

In the primary election on Tuesday, Wolf and Dan Sullivan, R-Anchorage, current Anchorage mayor, will appear on the Republican ballot. Hollis French and Bob Williams are running as Democrats, and Andrew Lee is running for the Libertarian party.

Wolf said he didn’t think he would be elected to House of Representatives in 2002 and isn’t fully confident of his chances in being elected as Lt. Governor.

But said he has counted only 11 campaign signs for Sullivan in Southcentral Alaska. Wolf said he has been meeting with different groups and participating in speaking engagements about his candidacy.

Wolf, a retired contractor, said he doesn’t claim to be a politician. As a teenager, he and his family moved to Alaska in 1975. He currently serves as a board member of Friends of Athletes with Disabilities and the Friendship Mission homeless shelter and board chair and project coordinator for Youth Restoration Corps, an organization he co-founded with his wife.

Wolf and his wife, Vera, have four grown children. Ryan, who has Down syndrome, works at Fred Meyer. Josh served with the U.S. Army and is going to school to become a diesel mechanic. Justin is serving with the U.S. Air Force. Salena will begin college working toward a career as a registered nurse.

His experience in working with youth through YRC, which mentors youth through community-based projects, is a benefit. Working with youth to get them job experience, teach habitat restoration and provide job experience is one of his focuses, he said.

“I’ve always believed in our youth and I feel very strongly that our youth can do just about anything,” he said.

He is also concerned about issues seniors and veterans are facing.

Wolf said he is in favor of Senate Bill 21, against the legalization of marijuana in Alaska and is not supportive of abortion.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer speaks during a press conference announcing the administration’s push for changes to the state’s election system on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Kevin Goodman, State of Alaska)
Just 2 Alaska lieutenant governor candidates say 2020 presidential vote was fair

Alaska’s lieutenant governor will oversee the 2024 presidential election

Kenai Peninsula School District Superintendent Clayton Holland stand near the entrance to the district’s Soldotna offices on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Academics, staff recruitment among district priorities for upcoming school year

The superintendent is ready to see KPBSD return to the district’s pre-COVID-19 academic performance

Raymond Bradbury preserves his salmon while dipnetting in the mouth of the Kenai River on Saturday, July 10, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion file)
Personal use harvest reports due Monday

Northern Kenai fishing report

Evelyn Cooley competes in the barrel race at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Aug. 12, 2022, in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Music, magic, daredevils and pigs

Kenai Peninsula Fair brings an assortment of activities to Ninilchik

Signs direct voters at the Kenai No. 3 precinct on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion file)
Signs direct voters at the Kenai No. 3 precinct for Election Day on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Local candidates report support from state PACs

Labor unions and the National Education Association are among the groups putting money into Kenai Peninsula state election races

Signs and examples on the recycling super sack at the Cook Inletkeeper Community Action Studio show which plastics are desired as part of the project in Soldotna, Alaska, on Aug. 11, 2022. Plastics from types 1, 2, 4 and 5 can be deposited.(Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Local nonprofit accepting plastics for synthetic lumber project

The super sack receptacles can be found on either side of Soldotna

This July 28, 2022, photo shows drag queen Dela Rosa performing in a mock election at Cafecito Bonito in Anchorage, Alaska, where people ranked the performances by drag performers. Several organizations are using different methods to teach Alaskans about ranked choice voting, which will be used in the upcoming special U.S. House election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Groups get creative to help Alaska voters with ranked voting

Organizations have gotten creative in trying to help voters understand how to cast their ballot, as the mock election featuring drag performers shows

A school bus outside of Kenai Central High School advertises driver positions on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Staff shortage, gas prices change school bus routes

The changes do not apply to the district’s special education students

The cast of “Tarzan” rides the Triumvirate Theatre float during the Independence Day parade in downtown Kenai, Alaska on Monday, July 4, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
The show goes on as Triumvirate seeks funding for new theater

The troupe has staged shows and events and is looking to debut a documentary as it raise funds for new playhouse

Most Read