Election Coverage

KCAW Election Coverage

Cass Pook and the ‘courageous conversation’ about race

150922_CassPook_woolseyCass Pook says the task she set out for herself 13 years ago is far from over. Pook wants Sitka students -- especially Alaska Natives -- to feel more welcomed and prepared to learn than when she was a student.

Candidate statement: Cass Pook

My focus is school climate, welcome environment, and student achievement outside the box of core classes such as vocation and extracurricular activities.

Kat Richards: Advocating for children in Sitka’s schools

Kat Richards (l.) with her husband, Jeff "Ritchie" Richards.Working as a nurse, Kat Richards believes healthcare and education have something in common: advocacy. She’d like to ensure that local schools remain high quality.

Candidate statement: Kat Richards

I feel I owe it to my children and the community to become involved in decisions being made for the district. I owe it to myself to step in and accept part ownership for the district.

Hunter seeks re-election, doesn’t want to “borrow from future Sitkans”

IMG_3684-001Matthew Hunter is a lifelong Sitkan. He went to Sitka High, got his masters in teaching at the University of Alaska Southeast, and now teaches math and physics at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Three years ago, he was elected to a seat on the seven member assembly. And this year, he’s hoping to win it again.

Inspired by cab conversations, Welsh wants to get involved

John Welsh is running as a write-in candidate for one of two open seats on the Assembly. The municipal election is Tuesday, October 6, 2015.John Welsh is a product of the West. Born in Wyoming, he moved Alaska to work in education. Along with his wife and three kids, he’s lived in Sitka for the past five years as a driver for Sitka Cab. And this year, he’s putting his name forth as a write-in candidate for the Sitka Assembly.

Ed Gray: An education dissenter courts the alternative vote

150928_EdGray_woolseyThis commercial fisherman, tannery owner, and self-described “parent activist” believes that it’s time for a dissenting opinion on the Sitka School Board.

Candidate statement: Jennifer Robinson

150922_JenniferRobinson_woolsey-001Public education is under attack. The legislature continues to cut funding, while passing unfunded mandates, putting schools in a financially difficult position.

Candidate statement: Eric Van Cise

150924_EricVanCise_woolseySome priority focuses of mine are dealing with our students and our children who are struggling academically. We have children for whom it might be a single topic, or a subject -- or a multitude of things -- but school is not coming easy for them.

Candidate statement: Matthew Hunter

IMG_3684-001Your next city assembly must face the fiscal challenges head­on. As one of your assembly members, I will make each decision with the future health of our community foremost in my mind.