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.
This commercial fisherman, tannery owner, and self-described “parent activist” believes that it’s time for a dissenting opinion on the Sitka School Board.
Public education is under attack. The legislature continues to cut funding, while passing unfunded mandates, putting schools in a financially difficult position.
Some 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.
Your 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.
Eric 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.
My 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.
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.
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.
Jennifer 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.