Nearly a dozen candidates are in the running for Ketchikan City Council this fall. And another dozen are running for other local offices.
The filing period for Ketchikan’s local elections ended Tuesday. Here’s a rundown of the candidates:
Three City Council seats are available for full three-year terms. Incumbents Dick Coose and Dave Kiffer are running to keep their seats. They’ll face challenges from Lisa Scarborough, Joey Jean Tillson, Spencer Strassburg, Riley Gass, Abby Bradberry and Jai Mahtani.
A note in the interest of full disclosure — Kiffer hosts a volunteer poetry show on KRBD.
But that’s not the only City Council race — there’s also one two-year race to fill the seat currently held by Emily Chapel. She told KRBD early this month that she’s decided not to run for another term.
Mary Stephenson joined the race for the two-year seat on Monday. She’ll face challenger Grant EchoHawk and incumbent City Council member Mark Flora.
Another note: EchoHawk is on KRBD’s nonprofit board of directors.
On the borough side, the field is a little less crowded. Three Borough Assembly seats are up this year, and incumbents Alan Bailey and Susan Pickrell each say they’re not planning to run for another term.
Challengers Judith McQuerry, Matthew Merrill and Trevor Shaw each jumped into the race during the last week of filing. They’ll join a six-way race against fellow challengers Jeremy Bynum and Sheen Davis, along with incumbent A.J. Pierce.
The slate of candidates for school board didn’t change in the last week of the filing period. Three candidates are running for two full-term seats: challenger Ali Ginter and incumbents Diane Gubatayao and Paul Robbins, Jr.
Another three candidates are running for two one-year seats. Those are challengers Nicole Anderson and Kim Hodne and incumbent Tom Heutte.
Ketchikan’s local elections are October 6.