In April Inletkeeper will be supporting three pro-renewable energy candidates for the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors.
- In District 1 (Kenai-Nikiski), candidate Rob Ernst is a commercial fisherman and teacher recently retired from Nikiski High School. A 55 year Nikiski resident, he has seen firsthand how the cost of energy impacts how we live.
- In District 2 (Soldotna-Sterling) incumbent candidate C.O Rudstrom is running for his second three-year term on the board. A project manager for the City of Soldotna, he’s been a strong supporter of HEA’s goal to be 50% renewable by the end of 2025.
- In District 3 (south of Kasilof River) incumbent candidate Jim Levine has been a renewable champion since first sitting on the HEA board in 2016.
All three are committed to driving down costs by reducing HEA’s natural gas consumption, the cause of about a third of the co-op’s spending and a growing vulnerability as affordable supplies of Cook Inlet gas diminish. This means taking advantage of the rich opportunities we have for renewable power.
If you pay an HEA electric bill, you’ll have a chance to vote for the director in your district between March 31st and May 4th. Look for your HEA ballot in the mail, and remember that you’ll also have an opportunity to vote online. These elections are small, every vote has power – pledge to vote here and tell all your friends!
Whether or not you are an HEA member, you can support the Peninsula’s transition to renewables by volunteering to help us get out the vote. During the last two weeks of March and all of April, Inletkeeper will host twice-weekly volunteer opportunities where YOU can help spread the word about how WE can shape our energy future in the HEA election.
Join Inletkeeper for weekly phone banking and door knocking:
Thursday Phone Banking 4 – 7:30 p.m. starting March 23rd in the Central Peninsula, and March 30th in Homer we will host weekly phone banks to make sure voters know about this election, come help make calls at the Cook Inletkeeper Community Action Studio in Soldotna and the Cook Inletkeeper Office in Homer.
Saturday Door Knocking 11 a.m. – 2 p.m, starting March 25th in the Central Peninsula and April 1st in the Lower Peninsula, we’ll be going door to door to speak with our neighbors about the importance of this election. We will meet at our offices in Soldotna and Homer before heading out to get out the vote.
Please RSVP to these volunteer opportunities so that we can help you prepare! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in the Central Peninsula or email@example.com if you are in the South Peninsula.
South Peninsula Candidate Jim Levine will join us for a Meet and Greet and Volunteer Orientation in the Homer Office Wednesday March 22 at 5:30pm. Join us to learn more about Jim’s priorities as a board member and how you can help talk to voters in support of his reelection and our renewable energy future.