Two seats on the Homer City Council are up for grabs in October. So far, just one candidate has officially filed to run.
Homer resident and stay-at-mother Sarah Vance officially declared her candidacy Tuesday morning. Vance became a local public figure when she took on the role of spokeswoman for Heartbeat of Homer, the political action committee that pushed for the recall of three current council members. This will be Vance’s first time running for public office.
Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis were both subject of the recall election, and their terms are ending this fall. Both have said they do not plan to run.
Five seats on the Kenai Borough Assembly are also open, including Homer’s seat. Homer representative and current Assembly President Kelly Cooper filed to run again this morning. If reelected, it would be Cooper’s second term on the assembly.
She has served as assembly president since 2016, and is currently on the Alaska Municipal League’s board. She has also served on the South Peninsula Hospital’s Operating Area Board, as president on the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and on the borough’s Health Care Task Force.
In other election business, Borough Mayor Mike Navarre will end his second term this fall, serving the maximum allowed. So far, current assembly member Dale Bagley, who represents Soldotna, has filed. Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings has also officially declared her candidacy. According to her Facebook page, Farnsworth-Hutchings has served on the borough’s Health Care Task Force.
The municipal election for both Homer and the borough is on Oct. 3.