A resident casts their vote in the regular municipal election Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A resident casts their vote in the regular municipal election Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Voices of the Peninsula: This is our borough and city

By Therese Lewandowski

Another election already? Yes! This is our local elections — borough and city. It’s not as popular and you may think it a bit of a yawner. But this is probably the election that affects our day-to-day lives the most.

Voters will elect representation for Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly seats in their district and for city council seats.

You may also see on the ballot emergency service board seats, school district board seats and hospital service board seats. These are probably people you know, your neighbors. They are committing their time to serve on these boards and deserve our attention.

There are three borough propositions in all. Proposition 1 has to do with reapportionment of districts which could change our representation. We have two options — stay with the nine districts we currently have or increase to 11 districts. Both options have some district border changes. Proposition 2 asks voters to approve a bond in order to do some structural maintenance on some of our school buildings. Proposition 3 asks voters in the Central Emergency Service area to adopt a bond to build a new CES fire station.

Did you get the borough voting pamphlet? It’s got a cute otter picture on the front. Inside is all the election news you need — candidate photos and statements, sample ballots, district maps, where to vote, dates and deadlines. Even a quick look-through will inform you.

Early absentee in-person voting began Monday at Homer City Hall, at Kenai City Hall and at the Soldotna Prep School, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sept. 27 is the deadline to apply for a borough/city elections absentee mail-in ballot. Do that at kpb.us/assembly-clerk/elections/elections

October 4 is Election Day!

Be an informed voter and remember, all votes count and all voices matter.

Therese Lewandowski for Kenai Peninsula Votes

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