Election Coverage

KCAW Election Coverage

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.

Candidate statement: Bob Potrzuski

Bob Potrzuski is one of four candidates running for two open seats on the Assembly. The municipal election is Tuesday, October 6. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)For Sitka to remain strong into the future, we need to take advantage of our gifts: water, the sea, our world-class location and beauty, and our regional medical center. These are the keys to our future. I'll do whatever I can to allow these pieces of the economy to flourish, which in turn, employ our citizens.

Robinson: Conservative-but-upbeat after 3 years on school board

150922_JenniferRobinson_woolsey-001Jennifer Robinson is running for a second term on the Sitka School Board. The freelance graphic designer and mother of two considers herself a little wiser as she contemplates another three years on the board.