Election Coverage

KCAW Election Coverage

2016 Election Hub! Where to vote and who’s running

Allcandidates_webpageThis year's municipal election is Tuesday, October 4th. There's a question on the ballot to raise the cap on property taxes and 10 candidates running for municipal office. To help you make an informed decision, Raven Radio profiled of each candidates and hosted four call-in shows. Find those stories here.

Listen to Sitkans discuss Proposition 1: Yes or No?

IMG_9043Last Thursday (09-22-16), Raven Radio hosted a live, call-in show devoted to Proposition 1. That's the question on the ballot which asks if Sitka should raise the cap - basically the limit - on local property taxes by two mills. 2 mills = $2 for every $1000 your property is valued. Listen to how four Sitkans plan to vote.

Miyasato says ‘experience matters’ in Sitka’s budget crisis

Ben Miyasato left Sitka two weeks after high school "to see how far my wings would carry me." He's since lived in Anchorage and Nome, and spent 20 years in the Army National Guard. He's home now -- and "I walk everywhere." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Ben Miyasato is wrapping up three years on the assembly -- while also serving on the Sitka Tribal Council. But if he’s elected mayor, he'll step down from the Tribe to focus on broad er issues in the community.

Listen: Mayor candidates look to leaner future for Sitka

160929_Mayors_group_russellMatt Hunter, Mary Magnuson, and Ben Miyasato exchanged views on the city budget, marijuana laws, and an income tax during Raven Radio's live mayoral forum on Thursday (9-29-16).

Bean wants Sitka to grow economy and live within its means

160916_aaronbean_kwongAaron Bean has worn a great variety of hats. Born and raised in Sitka, Bean has worked as a commercial fisherman, police officer, natural resource specialist, and small business owner. He hopes to bring that entrepreneurial spirit to the Assembly table.

Magnuson wants Sitka to ‘get a grip’

Mary Magnuson admits that she doesn’t have all the answers. As mayor, she wants to balance city expenses with existing revenues -- even if it means cutting back services.

Mayor candidates share ideas, with few differences

Candidates Ben Miyasato (left), Matt Hunter (center), and Mary Magnuson (right) fielded questions from chamber members for 90 minutes. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The three candidates for the mayor’s seat on the assembly met in a forum before the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (9-28-16). They all had much more in common, than differences.

Mayoral candidate forum – TODAY!

Mayoral_Forum_Poster_ReschedSitka's next mayor will be either Matt Hunter, Mary Magnuson, or Ben Miyasato. Tune in at 6:30 PM Thursday, September 29 to hear their views and ask YOUR questions. 747-5877 or email news@kcaw.org.

Allison focuses on fishing fleet, accountability

Alexander Allison is one of five candidates running for two open seats on the Assembly. The municipal election is Tuesday, October 4, 2016. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The middle school teacher and former charter fisherman wants the city to be more proactive in pursuing revenue opportunities like a full-service marine haul-out, but also be more transparent in it’s day-to-day operations.

Education, not politics, at core of McNichol’s campaign

Jennifer McNichol remembers taking the Iowa Tests when she was in grade school. While the state has some way to go to refine its assessment methods, she says testing is "a fact of life" and not "a political statement." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Jennifer McNichol understands that schools are under pressure from cutbacks in local and state budgets, but this incumbent school board candidate finds that education is worth standing up for.