Kenai Candidates Stand By Issues

The three candidates running for two open seats on the Kenai City Council joined KSRM this morning for a candidate forum.


Brian Gabriel Sr., Terry Bookey, and Mark Schrag found agreement on most issues, but there was some separation when it comes to the City’s comprehensive plan and the dip net fishery.


Schrag on the comp plan…


Schrag: “The City Manager – on record – mentioned that it’s never been done like this before, and in essence, it was kind of done for the ease of administration for the people that have to implement the plan, and I’m saying, ‘No! This is supposed to be a vision that the public has.'”


Gabriel and Bookey both said they felt like the comp plan and its development were appropriate. However, they did have comments on the dip net fishery.


Brian Gabriel Sr…


Cm. Gabriel Sr.: “If I had to change the fishery, to answer Jake’s question, what would I do differently? I would like to see more enforcement and probably bag limits tied to allocation tiers.”


Terry Bookey…


Cm. Bookey: “We’ve not been the best on reacting in the past, but this last year, through a lot of input through the residents coming through work sessions, big big improvements just right there. And so what that does, is now we don’t have nearly as much waste on the ground, and beaches were cleaner the day after the fishery was complete.”

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