KODIAK — Two council members were sworn in for new terms at a regular meeting of the Kodiak City Council on Thursday. Terry Haines and Richard Walker will serve three-year terms on the council, after being voted in following the Oct. 3 elections.
Haines will be serving his third nonconsecutive term on the council, following an unsuccessful bid for a seat on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly last year.
Pat Branson, mayor of the City of Kodiak has experience governing alongside Haine, having served on the council with him during one of his terms and serving as mayor during his second term.
“He is very diligent; he’s very smart; he really is productive and works with the full scope of the city, not just his agenda,” Branson said. “He has a great fisheries background as well, and I think that’s going to be important moving forward.”
Haines has been a commercial fisherman for more than three decades and has previously sat on the Kodiak Fisheries Workgroup, a joint committee with members from both the city council and borough assembly. Branson said that Haines will bring his experience of working in government to the table and noted that during discussions he “brings his viewpoint forward in a civil and productive way.”
Richard Walker, who was re-elected to his position on the council, spoke on his re-election at a regular meeting of the city council Thursday. He congratulated Haines and said he’s looking forward to his third term of serving.
“I really look forward in my next three years to pushing hard on economic development and getting more jobs for our young people in town,” he said. “We’re looking at a little bit more of affordable housing coming up in town, working more with our fellow statesmen across the way with the borough.”
Walker also stated that “there’s going to be a lot of federal dollars coming our way if we just keep keep after it,” and encouraged everyone to bear this in mind for the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 6.
“Everyone needs to get out there and vote,” he said. “Whoever gets into the governor’s office, we need to work with them like everyone else and push Kodiak as being one of the best places in Alaska to live and have businesses and raise your children.”
The city council will convene twice next week for a work session on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kodiak Public Library and for a regular meeting on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly Chambers.