Commentary

Opinions expressed in commentaries on KCAW are those of the author, and are not necessarily shared by KCAW’s board, staff, or volunteers.

STA candidate statement: Stephanie Edenshaw

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My name is Stephanie Edenshaw. I am running for re-election on the Sitka Tribal Council because I believe I could make a difference. Sitka Tribe is in transition, and transition is not always easy. Change does not happen as fast as we would like it to. more

STA candidate statement: Lillian Feldpausch

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Lingit x’einax jix’ dul saan yóo xát duwasaakw. Dleit kaa x’einax Lillian Feldpausch yóo xát duwasáakw. Chaak naax xát sitee. Wooshkeetaan áyá xát. Kaach adi yadix xát sitee. My Lingit name is Jix’ Dul Saan. My English name is Lillian Feldpausch. I belong to the eagle moiety. My mother’s people are Shark/Wolf clan. My father’s people are Kaach adi. more

STA candidate statement: Michael Baines

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Hello, my name is Michael Baines. I am running for election to the office of Tribal Chairman on the Sitka Tribal Council. I’d like to ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 13. I would also like to thank current chairman Lawrence “Woody” Widmark for twenty-four years of service to the Tribe. more

STA candidate statement: Dale Williams

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My name is Dale Spencer Williams, your candidate for Sitka Tribe of Alaska chairman. I am a Raven of the Taak Dein Taan’ clan, born and raised in Sitka by my grandparents Jimmy and Flora Williams. My grandfather Jimmy Williams was of the Kiksadi clan. I am a 1968 graduate of Sitka High School. I am very proud of my family. more

Eliason: Thomas has power, experience needed in Juneau

Part of the hard cold facts of politics is if you aren’t in the majority party, you have very little chance of affecting policy or getting support for major capital projects. more

Thomas: ‘I’ve delivered’ during 8 years in House

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In my eight years in the legislature, I’ve listened to what my constituents needed and I’ve delivered. There was and still is a great need for basic infrastructure throughout the district. more

Commentary: Thomas too close to oil companies

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Bill Thomas has been in the State House for years, representing Haines and other small communities. The redrawing of district boundaries means that Thomas will represent Sitka, if we voters send him back to the Legislature. I do not think we should do that. more

Putz: Assembly a tall order, but ‘I am up for it’

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“I hope to help Sitka as an Assembly member through passion, experience and hard work. My passion is working with others and coming up with creative ideas and solutions to difficult problems. My greatest strength is strategizing solutions.” more

Westover: Service has given a broader appreciation for issues

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“At this pivotal juncture, I am poised to meet the challenges ahead. While serving our community as mayor, I have had the opportunity to meet and forge effective working relationships with our congressional and state delegations, and other partners important to our success.” more

McConnell: Sitka needs a mayor to bring people together

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“Today is a point in time when Sitka needs a mayor that will look at all the possibilities for economic growth, and be creative and open to new ideas. When we bring people together and build on the assets that we have, we can do a great deal to grow and build an economy that works today and in the future.” more