Aaron Swanson is running for the re-election to the Assembly. He wants to return to his seat to continue solving the puzzle before the Assembly: how to pay for city government, while managing the cost of living.
On Tuesday, September 20th, the five candidates for Sitka Assembly came into our studio to discuss their ideas and positions in the lead-up to the October 7th election. Two seats are available on the assembly.
The Sitka Assembly held their first meeting in their new chambers yesterday night (09-19-16), dedicated to non-profit contributions. The Assembly awarded $45,000 from the general fund to eight non-profit organizations.
Evy Kinnear isn’t afraid of a challenge. In 2002, she moved from Los Angeles to co-found Fortress of the Bear. With the business in good hands, Kinnear has set her sights on a new challenge: the local economy. And to do that, she’s seeking one of two open seats this fall at the Assembly table.
"I have been a member of the Assembly since 2013 and wish to continue as an advocate for the people, often being the voice of reason. Although I do not always speak on some items on the agenda, when I do speak it is to the point and usually worth listening to."
"I'm running for Assembly to represent the people and to act as a conduit to bring their creative, pragmatic, and collaborative solutions to the table."
During their meeting last night (09-13-16), the Sitka Assembly approved a key element of their plan to raise property taxes while making Sitka more affordable. The ordinance says that if voters approve a 2 mill increase, the revenue generated by one of those mills will go towards Sitka’s electric fund.
"I focus on the economy, because the beauty of where we live, its charm and its power, are among its assets. For some that is enough, but with shifting demographics and cost of living expenses, this is what is on the table and must be addressed."
"The fishing fleet has always been the economic lifeblood of this community. Despite levying ever-increasing harbor fees and various fish taxes, not enough has been done to support the fleet."
"Key to me in representing Sitka on the city assembly is to be responsive and conversant about the issues important to our community. Equity, fiscal and program sustainability will be at the forefront of my mind."