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Rotecki files for re-election to Borough Assembly

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly Member Bill Rotecki filed Monday for re-election. He will join fellow incumbent Alan Bailey on the October 1st ballot.

Rotecki is completing his first term on the Assembly, and he says he spent much of that time “learning the ropes.” He says there are some pet projects that he would like to continue working on, and a second term would allow that.

“I am a proponent of getting Coast Guard Beach into borough ownership so we get to decide what happens to that,” he said. “Currently it’s owned by Mental Health Trust. They have recently indicated their willingness to work with us on that, nothing has happened.”

Assembly members have a two-term limit, but members can return after taking a year off.

There are two three-year terms open on each the Assembly, School Board and City Council. On the borough side, so far, only the incumbents have filed for the Assembly seats, and nobody has filed for School Board.

The open School Board seats are held by Ginny Clay, who has said she will not seek re-election, and Board Member Dave Timmerman.

Rotecki encouraged people to file, especially for the School Board.

“If there’s anybody who would like me to talk them into running for School Board, give me a holler and I’ll try to talk you into it,” he said.

He added that he would be happy if someone else files for Assembly, even if that means he loses his seat.

On the Ketchikan City Council, the open seats are held by Dick Coose and Matt Olsen. Coose filed early for his re-election bid, and recently was joined on the ballot by political newcomer Judy Zenge.

The Saxman City Council has three three-year seats open, and one two-year seat.

The filing period for candidates seeking local seats ends at noon on Monday, Aug. 26th.

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