Earliest the Kenai Borough could hold special election for temporary mayor is Jan. 9, clerk says


In a memo to members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Clerk Johni Blankenship has determined that Jan. 9, 2023 is the earliest date that the borough could hold a special election to fill the remaining portion of outgoing Mayor Charlie Pierce’s term.

The matter will be on the agenda for Sept. 20, when the Assembly’s Policies and Procedures Committee takes it up, starting at 3 pm.

Blankenship recommends the special election be called for during the regular Assembly meeting on Oct. 25, and said that election will require $250,000, an amount she would like the Assembly to approve during the Oct. 11 regular meeting.

The filing period for the interim term would be Oct. 31-Nov. 14.

The Kenai Borough Assembly voted last week to name former borough Mayor Mike Navarre as the temporary mayor starting Oct. 1, after Pierce has stepped down to focus on his run for governor. Pierce’s last day is Sept. 30.


  1. If it is anything like the Anchorage Assembly, they’ll vote to postpone considering when to have the elections so they have more time to consider considering.

  2. Nice to know that the Borough Clerk is actually running the Kenai Peninsula Borough. And for years I thought it was the Assembly & Mayor. Lordy, lordy! You learn something new every day!

  3. If by “running the Kenai Peninsula Borough” you mean managing and coordinating Borough elections, I think you could just say she’s doing her job.

    Did you think the Mayor and Assembly actually are the ones that make the election happen? Or maybe you thought it was MAGIC!

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