On October 7th, the citizens of Sitka will have the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights by selecting a new mayor. There are two choices on the ballot this year; the incumbent Mayor Mim McConnell, and myself, Orion Hughes-Knowles. I am extremely excited to be involved in this election, especially against such a worthy opponent.
Hughes-Knowles became interested in running for mayor when he saw an ad in the Daily Sitka Sentinel soliciting candidates for municipal office. in fact, the level of political apathy shocked him. Hughes-Knowles says people like state representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and assembly member Matt Hunter have helped revive his generation’s attention to local politics. But more are needed.
With only two candidates for two open seats, this year's race for Sitka School Board is not competitive -- but that doesn't mean it's not interesting. The board is facing some of its biggest challenges in recent memory. Join us for a live election call-in forum 6:30 PM Tue Sep 30 with candidates Tim Fulton and Tom Conley.
Since declaring my candidacy, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with and get to know a number of you; I’ve had the opportunity to meet new Sitkans and to become better acquainted with those I already knew; this is the aspect of the campaign I’ve enjoyed the most.
The candidates for Sitka Assembly will join us in the studio to discuss the issues and take your questions! You can email your questions to email@example.com, submit them via Facebook
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Aaron Wamsley is a candidate for the Sitka Assembly: In the 10 years I have been here I have fallen in love with Sitka. But even though the community seems like it’s healthy, in reality, to me and many Sitkans that I have spoken to, Sitka is slowly hemorrhaging to death.
Thor Christianson has already spent nine years on the Sitka Assembly, last serving in 2013 -- and now, he’s back for more. Christianson is one of five candidates running for Sitka Assembly. If elected, he says he’ll bring experience, a centrist perspective, and a focus on education.
Aaron Wamsley is one of five candidates for Sitka Assembly. Wamsley is a residential advisor at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, which draws students from across the state. And he says that his students’ dedication to their hometowns inspired him to run for office in his.
Tim Fulton represents a kind of school board candidate who is becoming more common lately: He started six years ago on the board just as his daughter was poised to enter high school. Two terms later, his daughter long since graduated, Fulton wants to keep working on behalf of children.
Sitka got back-to-back visits from the two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate last week. Senator Mark Begich and his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, offered very different takes on everything from health care to Iraq to climate change.