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By Dan Rudy 

Candidates announced for regular election

 


An official list of candidates for this year’s City and Borough of Wrangell regular election on Oct. 7 was released by Borough Clerk Kim Lane on Friday evening.

At the moment, only two offices are being contested, that of Mayor and for a seat on the Wrangell School Board.

Two candidates announced they will be running for the position of Mayor, incumbent David Jack and Kipha Valvoda. The position is a 2-year term.

For a 3-year term on the School Board, Aleisha Mollen will run against the incumbent, Susan Eagle.

Two 3-year terms are available on the Borough Assembly, the seats of incumbent Mark Mitchell and outgoing Maxi Wiederspohn. Mitchell will

re-seek his seat and Stephen Prysunka has announced his candidacy to run for the other position.

A 1-year unexpired term on the Assembly is also up for election, which the incumbent Becky Rooney will again seek.

Walter Moorhead announced his intention to run for the Port Commission, a 3-year term held by the outgoing commissioner, Brennon Eagle.

Running for two 4-year terms on the Hospital Board, incumbent Cori Robinson will seek to reclaim her seat, and Beth Blake will run to replace the outgoing Megan Clark.

Prospective candidates had until Friday to declare themselves running. So far there have been no write-in candidates announcing their intentions to run.

Individuals wanting to run for any of these positions who had not filed their declaration of candidacy in time to be included on the Oct. 7 ballot can still file as a write-in candidate by contacting the borough clerk at City Hall. A letter of intent is due no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 3. Write-in votes for individuals who have not filed a letter of intent will not be counted.

When voting for a write-in candidate, the voter must write in the candidate’s name as it appears on their letter of intent, marking the oval opposite the space where the name was written. Stickers are not allowed.

There are also nine vacancies for the city’s boards and committees that need filling. There are two 3-year seats on the Planning and Zoning commission; two 3-year seats with Parks and Recreation; two 3-year terms on the Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau; two 3-year terms on the Economic Development Committee; and one 3-year term on the Nolan Center’s board.

Persons interested in serving on any of these boards or committees should submit a letter of interest to the borough clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 6. The office’s mailing address is P.O. Box 531, Wrangell, AK 99929.

Anyone with questions on the duties or responsibilities of each board or committee can stop by City Hall, call at 874-2381, or email inquiries to clerk@wrangell.com.

In upcoming editions of the Wrangell Sentinel, look for our special features highlighting each candidate and his or her platform and aspirations for office.

 

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