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STA candidate statement: Michael Baines

Michael_Baines_smHello, 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.

STA candidate statement: Dale Williams

Williams_smMy 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.

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.

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

fea_thomas1In 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.

Commentary: Thomas too close to oil companies

McGowan_sm.jpgBill 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.

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

Michelle Putz Sitka Assembly candidate headshot"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."

Westover: Service has given a broader appreciation for issues

fea_westover"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."

McConnell: Sitka needs a mayor to bring people together

fea_mcconnell"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."

Christianson: Mayor needs to be ‘energetic cheerleader’ for Sitka

christianson fea"As mayor, I would work with the people of Sitka to explore every idea for making Sitka a better place to live in all aspects. I would work hard to make Sitka's government an open and respectful entity. I would also work with the state, the legislature, the U.S. Congress and industry groups to improve Sitka's economy."

FASD: Despite challenges, not an intellectual deficit

My name is Gayle Young and I work with the Sitka neurodevelopmental diagnostic team. I would like to tell you something wonderful and something hard. This is the very good part: Many parents are contacting the Team to ask that their children to be evaluated for FASD. And this is the very hard part: Some current statistics are not hopeful. 80% of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders will not keep jobs without on-going support.