Election Coverage

KCAW Election Coverage

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.

Van Cise focuses on the big picture in schools

150924_EricVanCise_woolseyEric Van Cise spent 16 years patching people up as a flight medic and EMS instructor at SEARHC. Now, he’d like to help Sitka’s schools emerge healthy from the funding and political struggles ahead.

Candidate statement: John Welsh

IMG_3667My main concern is support for our businesses, in a framework of economic development. My interest in running for the assembly began with a focus on the schools and the hospital. These remain priorities.

Hughes-Knowles wants to nurture local economy; marijuana industry

Orion Hughes-Knowles is one of four candidates running for two open seats on the Assembly. The municipal election is Tuesday, October 6. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Orion Hughes-Knowles was born on the north shore of Oahu, but grew up in Sitka and graduated from Whitman College in 2010. He’s running for assembly for the second year in a row -- but this time for a regular seat rather than mayor.