Homer City Council 2017

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

The official results for Homer’s local election are in. Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord will be the newest additions to the Homer City Council. Both won by a landslide, each with 66 percent of the vote.

Lord and Venuti held 64 percent of the vote going into Friday, and Sarah Vance was in third. Vance came away with about 430 votes, 27 percent of the vote.

The city council is set to certify the results at its regular meeting on Monday. Venuti and Lord will both be sworn in during the meeting, and they are scheduled to take their seats on Oct. 30.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

As the dust settles from Homer’s election, two candidates are soaking in their landslide victories. Candidates Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord both clinched seats on the Homer City Council, beating out five other candidates. Both Lord and Venuti say they’re ready to take current council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds’ seats.

Voter turnout was higher than usual Tuesday. Including absentee and special needs ballots, about 37 percent of registered voters flocked to the polls.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Unofficial results are in for Homer’s local election. There were a couple of contested races for seats on the Homer City Council. Candidates Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord came away with about 770 votes each, about 64 percent of the vote. Sarah Vance is in third with 331 votes.

It’s unknown how many questioned ballots were cast Tuesday, but about 420 absentee ballots will be counted on Friday, making it unlikely for results to shift.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Five of the seven candidates running for two seats on the Homer City Council squared off one final time before Election Day Thursday. Candidates took both prepared and audience questions on a range of issues, but concerns about the current business climate, economic growth and capital projects stole the show.

City council candidates Andrew Kita and Kimberly Ketter were both absent, but the remaining five candidates gathered at the Homer Elks Lodge for the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s city council forum.

City Council profile: Kimberly Ketter

Sep 28, 2017
Courtesy of the City of Homer

Kimberly Ketter is running for one of two seats on the Homer City Council this fall. Ketter also ran for a seat in 2016.

She says she doesn’t like the way things are running currently and hopes to make a change. Ketter thinks the current council does not consider the views of every citizen in Homer.

City Council profile: Sarah Vance

Sep 25, 2017
Courtesy of the City of Homer

Homer City Council Candidate Sarah Vance grew up in Homer and is currently raising a young family here. KBBI spoke to Vance about capital projects, recreational cannabis, and what type of city council she would like to see.

Vance wants to bring a communal feel back to the city council.

“More than anything, just having a common sense for listening to the voice of the people and wanting to retain our core values and what’s important,” she said.   

City Council candidates take on Homer's questions

Sep 22, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

With Homer’s local election under two weeks away, six of the seven candidates for two Homer City Council seats met Thursday at Kachemak Bay Campus for a town-hall style forum. Candidates took questions from the audience as well as Homer News and KBBI. Topics ranged from capital projects to the budget and jobs.

When it came to capital projects, the police station, a new harbor and a haul out facility for large vessels topped the list. The city still needs to secure about $4.5 million to complete the haul out facility and the price tag for a new harbor is about $100 million.

City Council profile: Rachel Lord

Sep 21, 2017
Courtesy of the City of Homer

Rachel Lord is a small business owner who is running for Homer City Council. The business minded candidate wants to focus on a new police station and other marine-based capital projects.

When it comes to community involvement, Rachel Lord’s resume is lengthy.

City Council profile: Dwayne Nustvoldt

Sep 20, 2017
Courtesy of the City of Homer

Dwayne Nustvoldt Jr. is running for a spot on the Homer City Council and has been living in Homer on and off for 20 years. The former businessman has new ideas for improving the homer economy while maintaining conservative values.

“My main goal is to bring infrastructure here,” Nustvoldt says.

Nustvoldt has owned companies in asphalt, trucking, and landscaping.  He takes pride in his ability to outcompete with chain stores and wants to use his skillset on improving Homer’s harbor.

City Council profile: Caroline Venuti

Sep 18, 2017
Courtesy of the City of Homer

Caroline Venuti is a retired teacher and principal who has served on the Library Advisory Board and the Transportation Advisory Committee for the city of Homer.

When asked if being an elementary school teacher prepares her for city council, Venuti smiles and says she has learned excellent management skills.

“Try heading a third-grade class on the first day of school,” she says.

One of Venuti’s primary points of focus is on disaster preparedness.

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