lack of candidates for local elected office means some seats on the Kodiak
Island Borough Assembly and school board may not be filled at the October
municipal election. On the Kodiak City Council there are two seats up for
grabs, and two candidates, meaning all of the seats on the city’s governing
body will be filled. One candidate is incumbent Tom Walters, who’s seeking his
sixth consecutive term. The other is a political newcomer. KMXT’s Casey Kelly
says his decision to run for city council has been building up during the 15
years he’s spent in Kodiak as a preacher and an employee of the city.
(Smith 1 :10s “…the next logical step.”)
eight years as the administrative assistant to Police Chief T.C. Kamai before
retiring last year. He says the job gave him insight into how the city works.
(Smith 2 :12s “…that will be a plus.”)
currently the pastor of St. James The Fisherman Episcopal Church, and over the
years he’s been involved in various church congregations as a member and a
preacher. He says those experiences should help him connect with the citizens
(Smith 3 :25s “…experience for me as well.”)
says he won’t bring any particular agenda to the council--just what’s best for
(Smith 4 :09s “…how that can be done.”)
The city is
facing the daunting task of replacing many of its aging utilities and municipal
buildings in the next few years. Smith says he’d like to see those projects
move forward, but not at the expense of taxpayers.
(Smith 5 :17s “…anybody else for that matter.”)
As for why
he’s the only candidate other than Tom Walters for the two open seats on the
council: Smith has a couple of theories, but no real answers.
(Smith 6 :24s “…on doing that forever.”)
is 61, says he has a few years left in him to serve the city. Kodiak voters go
to the polls October 7th for the municipal election.