As a Senior citizens advocate (a Senior at 72) and writer for many periodicals including Kpbseniors.Com, I am taking this opportunity to endorse Mr. Charlie Pierce for Mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
From the perspective of a Senior citizen there is no other choice. The commentary in this article is based on facts reported in ADN, Pacer.gov (legal registry), Alaska Court Records and Alaska APOC candidate financial records, in addition to public statements.
Mr. Pierce’s opponent Ms. Linda Hutchings has and is taking positions that will hurt every Senior Citizen on the peninsula. She has vocally supported raising taxes on Senior citizens, raising sales taxes, property taxes and even supports the elimination of the PFD. It is disheartening that someone almost 70 years old is trying to use fellow Seniors of the KPB as her target and solution to raise taxes and increase spending.
If you have any doubts regarding the positions of candidate Hutchings, simply “follow the money”. While claiming to be a conservative , a majority of Ms. Hutchings campaign contributors are full supporters of tax and spend, not a thought of conservative and cautious use of taxpayer dollars. They support higher taxes for Seniors and all KPB residents.
The Hutchings political supporters have all supported or sponsored legislation to increase the tax burden of Seniors and residents of the KPB.
And if all of this is not enough how about the “glass house”?
Ms. Hutchings and her surrogates, in the absence of a sound financial plan for the borough, have taken the dirty politics road of attacking Mr. Pierce. However, along that path is the Hutchings record of over 10 court cases not counting the financial suites with the dealership. Rather than jump into the pit, lets just say, Ms. Hutchings, there is no room for people who live in “glass houses” to cast stones.
One of the most important issues in front of the KPB over the next several years is the LNG pipeline. It will be a great asset and significant financial benefit to the borough. Mr. Pierce has almost 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry, Ms. Hutchings has Zero.
Case closed on that subject.
Let’s wrap it up with a look at the Hutchings “Moral Compass”.
In Ms. Hutchings we have we have a candidate for Mayor , at almost 70 years old , that is prepared to turn on the Senior Citizens of the KPB and blame them for the financial ills of the borough.
A candidate that is proudly a Catholic and member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Soldotna, she has traded in her religious and conservative “beliefs” for the financial and position support of left and far left democratic groups and individuals that detest everything she claimed to support. From social issues to Tax, Tax, Tax; Ms. Hutchings has become a poster child for everything a Republican or conservative politician is not.
The Hutchings Moral Compass is spinning around in circles and no one, not even Hutchings knows where it will land. We should not gamble the future of the KPB on a spinning compass.
Seniors of the KPB and those who plan on becoming Seniors, I recommend that you cast your vote for Charlie Pierce for Mayor.