Tuesday, October 1, 2013 is municipal election day in Sitka. Voters in the community went to the polls to elect two assembly members, one school board member, and to decide one ballot proposition.
Here are the UNOFFICIAL results from the day's balloting:
We're putting the candidates on the air this week, and we want them to hear from you.
A teacher at Mt. Edgecumbe High School is competing for a seat on Sitka’s school board. Stephen Courtright teaches music at the state-run boarding school. He says helping make policy for local schools is a way to contribute to the community, and bring in a teacher’s perspective.
School board president Lon Garrison has served two terms overseeing Sitka’s schools; this October he’ll ask voters for a third. Garrison, like many board members, was first elected when his kids were in school. Now that his daughters have graduated, he says he’s following his passion, and using experience in policy and legislative advocacy to make a good school district even better.
Aaron Swanson ran for Assembly in 2012. He comes back to the ballot this year with more city government experience, and some goals for Sitka's economic future.
Benjamen Miyasato is one of three candidates for Sitka Assembly. It’s his first run for municipal office, but not his first time as an elected official. Miyasato is presently vice chairman of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s tribal council.
This is the first in a series of profiles on Sitka’s candidates for municipal office. Tomorrow, we’ll introduce you to Assembly candidate Ben Miyasato. On Wednesday, we’ll profile Assembly candidate Aaron Swanson. School board candidates will be profiled Thursday and Friday.
The two candidates for Sitka’s school board this year agree on much, but also have one key difference: How they view the role of the superintendent. Incumbent Lon Garrison and challenger Stephen Courtright answered questions for about an hour at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (9-11-13), in the first candidate forum of the municipal election season.
After a recount in Juneau on Monday, Republican Rep. Bill Thomas of Haines lost his state House seat to Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. Only 32 votes out of more than 8,000 separate the two candidates.
The close race for House District 34, in Southeast, will go to a recount. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, holds a slight edge on state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines.