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Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Candidate

What is your vision of the East Peninsula and how would the vision be accomplished?

 


Voters on the East Kenai Peninsula will elect their representative to the Kenai Peninsula Borough on Oct. 2. Incumbent Sue McClure is running unopposed. The LOG asked McClure to describe her vision of East Peninsula in the future and how the vision would be accomplished. Following is her answer.

What is your vision of the East Peninsula and how would the vision be accomplished?

Sue McClure

My position as District 6 (East Peninsula) Assembly Member involves representation of the approximately 6,100 residents living in Lowell Point, Seward, Bear Creek, Moose Pass, Hope, Coo-per Landing and parts of the Sterling area to Otter Trail Road, and all residents in between. My focus for a future 10 years out includes individual area dreams as well as the overall perspective.

The nine members of the borough assembly work together for all of the borough residents in areas such as school funding, solid waste, emergency management and road maintenance. The funds come from taxes, both sales, property, and special service area property taxes. My hope is that the current levels of service can continue to be provided without any increase in taxes. This can be accomplished by prudent governmental spending, economic diversification, and business generation. Promotion of business development is key, as this will provide the jobs that provide the income. We should not be hindering development, rather we should encourage it, within environmental guidelines. Each area of government should look to curtail wasteful spending.

My hopes for particular areas in my district include a resolution of the by-pass issue in Cooper Landing so that they can move on with their plans, a water system for Lowell Point as well as a sustainable road to that community, the development of SMIC and the fishing fleet home porting in Seward, some resolution with the state over gravel removal in stream beds in the Seward-Bear Creek flood area so that we can move toward proactive flood prevention rather than reactive, and development of both the Bear Creek and Moose Pass fire department buildings to name a few.

Most of my job as an assembly member is to act as a representative of you, the people, interfacing with the “government.” The concept of “do no harm” comes to mind, avoiding governmental over-reach. The responsibility of you, the public, is to be informed and involved. I will continue to encourage active involvement, such as representation on service area boards and local advi-sory planning commissions, as well as City of Seward boards. My goal is to do the most good that I can in the next three years, and I intend to keep you well informed of our actions on the as-sembly.

 

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