Photo courtesy of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough

Photo courtesy of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis filed Monday for re-election.

Landis, who is the general manager of Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, is finishing up his first term as borough mayor.

He says the borough is facing some big changes, and it’s important to maintain some experience on the Assembly.

Those changes include: “State budget pressures reflecting down to the borough finances, and also the transition of the borough manager to a new person who will be taking the reins on Jan. 4th next year, so that’s gonna be a big change., and I think it’s important to have continuity to help with that transition.”

Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst announced his retirement a while ago, and the Assembly has started searching for a new manager.

Landis says he has enjoyed his job as mayor, which he says is an interesting challenge.

“The folks that serve on the Assembly are not all of one mind, and I think that’s important that we have dissenting opinions and different ideas; that brings forth the best in policy,” he said. “It’s very interesting to be part of that and to help manage that, as the mayor.”

Two Borough Assembly seats also are open this election, but neither incumbent can run for re-election because of term limits.

The local election is October 4th.