Sitka’s municipal election is Tuesday, October 2nd. The ballot has two questions and 11 candidates running for municipal office. There is a race for Sitka’s Mayor, two seats on the Sitka Assembly, and two seats on the Sitka School Board.

To help voters make an informed decision, Raven Radio posed the same questions to each of the 11 candidates and invited them to record candidate statements. We are also hosting three call-in shows. You’ll find the full audio of those shows below, as they are published. Here is a sample ballot.

On Monday, September 17th, Raven Radio is hosting an on-air forum with candidates for Sitka Assembly and Sitka Mayor at 6 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall in front of a live audience. Submit your questions to news@kcaw.org.

Municipal Election Polls Open

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Listen to Raven Radio’s On-Air Candidate and Ballot Forums

Election Information for Kake, Pelican, Port Alexander, Angoon and Tenakee Springs

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Sitka School Board Forum; Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Raven Radio

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Sitka Assembly Forum; Monday, September 17th at 6:00 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall

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Sitka Mayor Forum; Monday, September 17th at 7 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall

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Sitka Ballot Forum; Monday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m. at Raven Radio

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Sitka Mayor Forum hosted by Chamber of Commerce; Wednesday, September 26th at 12 p.m. at Westmark Hotel

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 Assembly Candidates

Click on the candidate to learn more about who they are and their stance on key issues

 

 Mayoral Candidates

Click on the candidate to learn more about who they are and their stance on key issues

 

 School Board Candidates

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 Ballot Questions

QUESTION 1

Proposition No. 1 was put on the ballot through citizen-led petition. If Proposition No. 1 passes, the senior sales tax exemption will be reinstated. If Proposition No. 1 does not pass, those over the age of 65 years or older would have to pay sales tax on their purchases. The Sitka Assembly repealed the senior sales tax exemption on April 24th, 2018 and replaced it with a rebate program for qualifying low-income senior citizens.

QUESTION 2: 

Proposition No. 2 was also put on the ballot through a citizen-led petition. If Proposition No. 2 passes, Sitka would be exempt from a statewide smoking ban (effective October 1st) in certain public places. Smoking would still be allowed inside the Pioneer Bar, the Moose Lodge, American Legion Post 13, and Ernie’s Old Time Saloon. If Proposition 2 does not pass, smoking will be banned in those establishments and a list of other enclosed public places (including bars and private clubs) per the new state law (AS 18.35.301-18.35.350)

On Monday September 24th from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Raven Radio hosted a live call-in forum on both ballot propositions. We heard from citizens on both sides of the issue on why they’re voting “Yes” or “No” to Propositions 1 and 2. Listen to the full forum here.

Where to Vote in Sitka

Precincts 1 and 2 voters will cast ballots at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Polls will be open on Tuesday, October 2nd from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Advanced (in-person) voting will be available weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall from September 17 until October 1. Absentee voting by mail is available through September 25. If you have questions about your precinct or the election, call Municipal Clerk Sara Peterson at 747-1811.

 

Click on the map to see your voting precinct. If you have questions about your precinct or the election, call Municipal Clerk Sara Peterson at 747-1811. (Map courtesy of CBS)

Who Won? 

Tune Raven Radio at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd for live election returns for Sitka, as well as villages in our listening region. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey and Emily Kwong will be joined by our Winter Fellow Enrique Pérez de la Rosa to deliver these results.

 

Advanced (in-person) voting will be available weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall from September 17 until October 1. Absentee voting by mail is available through September 25. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)