Rachel Moreno is one of three candidates running for two open seats on the Sitka Assembly. Sitka’s municipal election is Tuesday, October 5.

I was born in Sitka in 1960 and moved back here from Anchorage in 1998. I am a tribal citizen of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. I have one child enrolled in the Sitka School District. I have helped organized the Sitka Community Holiday dinners and Christmas parties as well as volunteered to fundraise for many families in need and youth sports programs. I have served eight years on the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Tribal Council. As a member of the STA Tribal Council, I was selected to serve as the representative to the SEARHC Board of Directors. I was elected as the SEARHC Vice President by the board and President of the local Sitka Chapter of Tlingit and Haida. I currently serve on the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Board of Directors as an Alaska Representative.

My goals if elected to serve on the Assembly are to first and foremost assure that our citizens have all the resources available to come out of the pandemic healthy and their families intact. COVID 19 has already hit our community members and has changed their lives and impacted the way we raise our children. Access to the vaccines, hospital care and financial assistance is what we have all come to think of first when we watch the news and plan our days activities. I will be very visible in my efforts to influence the way we protect our community from further impacts of COVID 19. The other high priority is to advocate for affordable housing and address the high cost of living in Sitka. This fundamental need reflects on who we are and how we serve our community. Those who are homeless have the biggest challenge to attaining and maintaining safe and affordable housing. This task is not impossible if we choose to make it a priority. I also will support our school board to assure they too have access to the necessary funding to make our children’s education effective and beneficial. Investing in our children is the best insurance to our future success as a caring community. I believe my experience will benefit fellow assemble members as well as those we serve.

The Municipal Election is Tuesday, October 5. Eligible voters may choose to vote using any of these available options: by-mail; advanced in-person at Harrigan Centennial Hall weekdays September 20 through October 4 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in meeting rooms 2 and 3); by fax; personal representative; and in-person on Election Day at Harrigan Centennial Hall from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Applications to vote by-mail must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s Office no later than September 28.  For more voting information, call the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 747-1811.