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Ketchikan local elections preview

Local elections are Tuesday, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Boroughwide, voters will choose two members each for the Ketchikan School Board and Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly.

Running for School Board are incumbent Dave Timmerman and two newcomers, Camille Booth and Trevor Shaw. School Board President Ginny Clay did not seek re-election to her seat.

For the Assembly the two incumbents, Alan Bailey and Bill Rotecki, are both seeking re-election. Challenging them is former Assembly Member John Harrington.

Those voters who live within the City of Ketchikan also will choose two City Council members. The two incumbents, Matt Olsen and Dick Coose, are running to retain their seats. The challenger for that race is political newcomer Judy Zenge.

City voters also will decide whether to approve up to $42 million in bonds to pay for planned Ketchikan Medical Center renovations. City officials say the bond debt will be paid for with existing sales taxes, and no new revenue source will be needed for the project.

Also Tuesday, voters in the Saxman Precinct will vote whether to establish a Saxman-South Tongass Fire and EMS Service Area. If passed, emergency medical and fire protection services will be shared by the South Tongass Service Area and the City of Saxman. The new boundaries would take effect in January of 2014.

Tune in to KRBD after polls close at 8 p.m. for live updates on the local election results.

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