Municipal ballot short of a full slate coming into final week of filing

At the start of the final week to file for borough assembly, school board or port commission, Wrangell was still short of candidates to fill half of the open seats.

The deadline to file for the Oct. 4 municipal election is 4 p.m. Wednesday.

As of Monday afternoon, candidates had filed paperwork for four of the eight races on the ballot.

Patty Gilbert, who serves on the borough assembly and previously served on the school board, has filed to run for mayor. Steve Prysunka, in his sixth year as mayor, has decided not to seek another term.

Brittani Robbins, the chamber of commerce executive director, has filed for a three-year term on the borough assembly — there are two seats open. There was no second candidate as of Monday afternoon. If more than two candidates file by the Wednesday deadline, the top two vote-getters would each win a three-year term.

Elizabeth Roundtree has filed for a three-year term on the school board, and board president Dave Wilson has said he intends to seek reelection to a third term. There are two three-year terms and a one-year term on the ballot for school board.

Port commission member John Yeager has filed for reelection. Yeager is finishing his second term on the port commission. There are two three-year port commission seats on the ballot.

None of the other incumbents whose terms expire in October — assembly member David Powell, school board members Julia Ostrander and Jessica Whitaker, and port commission member Frank Roppel — had filed candidacy papers with the borough clerk as of Monday afternoon.

Persons interested in filing for office need to submit their candidacy declaration form and a petition signed by 10 qualified voters. The forms are available from the borough clerk’s office at City Hall.


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