On the final filing day for Ketchikan municipal office, two additional candidates threw their hats in the ring. That means there will be competition in all but one of the city and borough races.
Monday at noon was the filing deadline. Spencer Strassburg added his name to the list of candidates running for Ketchikan City Council, and Jeremy Bynum is running for Borough Assembly.
On the city side, that means three candidates are running for two, three-years terms on the council. They are Strassburg, and incumbents Lew Williams, III and Judy Zenge.
On the borough side, three candidates are running for Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor. They are Assembly Member Rodney Dial, Sidney Hartley and Michelle O’Brien.
The current borough mayor, David Landis, is unable to run for re-election because of term limits. Landis instead is running for Borough Assembly. There are two, three-year terms open on the assembly. Those seats are currently held by Rodney Dial and Judith McQuerry. In addition to Landis and Bynum, Austin Otos is running for assembly.
There are two, three-year terms open on the Ketchikan School Board. Incumbent Bridget Mattson and Jordan Tabb are running for those seats. Tom Heutte initially filed to retain his seat on the school board, but withdrew citing a commitment that would have prevented him from serving a full term if elected.
Four candidates are running for a one-year seat on the school board. They are incumbent Leslie Becker, Hilary Kvasnikoff, Paul Robbins, Jr., and Kathleen Yarr.
Several propositions also will appear on the ballots.
Borough voters will consider establishing an ordinance extending the excise tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. An ordinance which went into effect in 2017 has a sunset clause and will expire December 31, 2021. If the new ordinance is adopted, the excise tax would continue unless amended or repealed by future ordinance. All proceeds from the tax would go to the local education fund.
In addition, approximately 80 property owners in a proposed Old Dairy Road Service Area will vote on whether to establish that service area.
City voters, in addition to voting on the boroughwide proposition, will consider three additional items.
Proposition 1 is in regards to onsite marijuana consumption at licensed marijuana establishments. A “yes” vote prohibits onsite consumption of marijuana within city limits, a “no” vote would allow onsite consumption.
Proposition 2 seeks to approve revenue bonds in the amount of $11.5 million to pay for a new undersea fiber optic cable for the Ketchikan Public Utilities telecommunications system. The purpose is to expand capacity for data streaming, cell phone service and internet service. A “yes” vote would approve a 20-year bond for the project.
Proposition 3 authorizes $5 million for emergency water line repair and replacement in the Schoenbar Road area. Money would come from revenue bonds or loans payable solely from KPU revenues.
Municipal elections are Tuesday, October 1st.