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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

KPB mayoral hopefuls air views at 'Meet the Candidates' forum


September 21, 2017 | View PDF

Tommy Wells/Seward Phoenix LOG

The three candidates for the borough's mayor position participated in a "Meet the Candidates" event on Sept. 18 in the Seward City Council Chambers. The candidates are (from left) Charlie Pierce, Linda Hutchings and Dale Bagley.

Seward voters got a chance to get up close and personal with the candidates seeking borough and local offices on Monday, Sept. 18, at a special "Meet the Candidates" forum. The event was sponsored by the Seward Chamber of Commerce.

During the meeting, Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidates Dale Bagley, Linda Hutchings and Charlie Pierce expressed their views on the challenges facing the borough.

A former borough mayor, Bagley said his experience as mayor and as a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly made him a perfect fit to lead the borough government.

Bagley, who helped lead an effort to bring the Arctic Winter Games to the borough during his previous administration, is running for the borough mayor position for a fourth time.

Hutchings, a longtime borough resident, said her knowledge of the people and her experience as an accountant would enable her to ensure the borough operated within its budget.

A former manager with Enstar, Pierce said his experience managing budgets and working with a wide array of people would help him in his bid. He also noted he wanted to establish a system that would help the borough better position itself for years down the road.

Hutchings said she felt her candidacy represented a chance to get "new blood" in office. Both Pierce and Bagley, she indicated, had become entrenched in the borough government.

"I am an accountant first," she said. "I am so invested in this borough. Instead of doing politics as usual. I think it is time for new blood and new ideas."

Pierce said he encouraged voters to consider him for the position as a man who would give "110 percent" to the position and work for real results.

"If you are a tax and spend, tax and spend kind of person, and you are OK with that, I'd ask you to vote for Mrs. Hutchings," said Pierce in his closing comments. "Because that is what it will be. I think it will be status quo and that it will be 'politics as usual.' I don't think anything will change until it changes."

"You need to have someone with proven experience. I have the experience and the track record," he said. "I don't want a status quo government. We've tried that and that has got us where we are."

Bagley said he was the best equipped to hold the borough's chief administrative position.

"I have the strength and experience to get the job done," he said.

The 2017 General Election is scheduled for October 3.


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