season officially kicked off yesterday (Monday) here in Kodiak, with the
availability of nominating forms at both the city and borough clerks’ offices for Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, School Board, Kodiak City Council and several service area districts.
Jay Barrett has more.
Municipal Election Day in Kodiak is
Tuesday, October 7.
elections at all levels of government this year, from President of the United
States, to Alaska’s U.S. Senator and Congressman, Kodiak’s State House
Representative, borough assembly, school board, city council and service areas.
packets became available yesterday for both borough and city candidates. The
process is similar: Prospective candidates need to fill out various forms and
collect 10 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot. They
will also have to provided financial disclosure information, though it’s
different in and out of the city
financial disclosure statement.”)
Borough Clerk Nova Javier describing the forms that have gotten so much
attention from the borough assembly this year. Some feel they are so intrusive
that the assembly is putting on the ballot a measure asking voters to exempt
borough officials from filling them out, in favor of the older, less intrusive
Kodiak candidates don’t have to worry about the newer, more detailed forms, but
still have to provide some financial information, according to City Clerk
meet all the criteria, they will be a candidate.”)
Kodiak City Council, the terms of the two longest-serving members are open:
Charlie Davidson and Tom Walters have both been on the council for 15 years.
Likewise, the term of long-serving Kodiak Island Borough Assemblyman Tom Abell,
who’s been in office for 12 years, is up for grabs, as well as the seats held
for the last three years by Reed Oswalt and Sue Jeffrey. All of those terms are
for three years, as are two seats on the School Board currently held by Betty
Odell and Jeff Stephan (steven). The seat Peggy Rauwolf was appointed to
earlier this year after the resignation of Peggy Tuttle is also available for a
there are also a number of seats available for the many service area boards:
Spencer Schaefer resigned July 17th.”)
day to return the nominating packets is next Monday, August 11th.
The last day to throw your hat into the ring is Friday, August 29th
for assembly, school board or service area seats, and September 5th
for city council. The minimum age to run in the borough is 18, though for the
city council, it’s 21.