Reason to run

Candidates briefly explain their motivation

So far only four people have declared in the municipal election for Oct. 1. This week, the Skagway News asked each candidate to explain why they’re running. In the next edition, we’ll ask a series of questions of each candidate and run their pictures. Here are their responses:

Bert Bounds, three-year term: “I am concerned about where our city seems to be headed. Decisions being made without keeping the public informed. I have several ideas how to correct this and if elected will bring them forth at that time.
“I see the need for someone to represent the silent majority in Skagway who seem to be afraid to come forth and give their views, because of being afraid that it could hurt their employment or their business.
“I would like Skagway to stay a place that future generations can say with pride that they live in Skagway.
“Having been around Skagway for many many years, I feel that I have a pretty good feel for the community, so let the voters make their choice, and please vote.”
Michael Catsi, three-year term: “I love living in Skagway, and am committed to being here. I have always taken an interest in the issues affecting our town. There are some issues I would love to be involved with and see to a successful conclusion.
“The impact of tourism is an ongoing issue that I believe can be managed successfully; the small boat harbor expansion; our borough status and the flood control project need to be finalized; and, affordable housing and continued development of the clinic, senior housing and the Recreation Center complex.
“I’d like the opportunity to work on these and other issues, and I believe that I can play a constructive and positive role on the Council.”
Stan Selmer, three-year term: “In 2001, there was some personal trauma in my life and my thoughts were not to seek election ever again. In 2002, I regained my commitment to public life and will continue my dedication to Skagway and its residents whether I’m elected or not.”

There is one lone candidate for the three-year school board seat. No one filed for the one-year seat, and as of Sept. 13 no write-in candidates had come forward.
Julene Fairbanks, three-year term: “With two children attending Skagway City School, I want this school to provide an exceptional education and I want to be involved in seeing that this is what they, and all our students, receive.
“My experience as a past member of the non-profit organization, Skagway Child Care Council, along with my current experience working with the City Council and Library Board as city librarian, provides me with the awareness of time demands of board service, as well as knowledge of public meeting procedures.
“I will strive to improve my knowledge of current education issues by listening to parents and community members, attending the training offered by the Association of Alaska School Boards, and reading and researching what comes before the board.
“My father served on the school board for 12 years. My mother has been involved with community service through her church, Girl Scouts, and Garden Club. I guess I was raised to see serving in community organizations as just something you do. The School Board is where I think I can best serve now.”
Anyone wishing to declare as a write-in candidate should contact the newspaper by Sept. 19 to be included in our annual candidate forum which will be published in the Sept. 27 issue.

Many bypass state primary

Registered Skagway voters grow in numbers

There were 900 registered voters in Skagway at the time of the state primary election on Aug. 27.

Only 122 voted, according to election officials. “That was the lowest turnout I’ve ever seen,” City Clerk Marj Harris said of the 13.5 percent turnout.
The regular state election is Nov. 5


U.S. Senator: Frank J. Vondersaar, 23; Theresa Nangle Obermeyer, 11
U.S. Representative: Dae Miles, 13; Clifford Mark Greene, 20
Governor: Bruce J. Lemke, 4; Michael J. Beasley, 3; Fran Ulmer, 27
Lieutenant Governor: Ernie Hall, 31
State Senate, District C: Georgianna “Georg” Lincoln (incumbent 30)
State Representative, District 5: Albert M. Kookesh (incumbent), 31

U.S. Senator: Jim Dore, 4
U.S. Representative: no candidate
Governor: Don Wright, 4; Samuel Acevedo Fevos Sr., 0; John Wayne Glotfelty, 0; Nels Anderson Jr., 0; Casey Cockerham, 0; Harold A. “Sandy” Haldane, 0
Lieutenant Governor: Daniel Denardo, 3
State Senator, District C: no candidate
State Representative, District 5: no candidate

U.S. Senator: James L. Sykes, 3; Thomas M. Higgins, 1
U.S. Representative: Russell F. deForest, 4
Governor: Erica “Desa” L. Jacobsson, 4
Lieutenant Governor: Diane E. Benson, 4
State Senate, District C: no candidate
State Representative, District 5: no candidate

U.S. Senator: Leonard J. “Len” Karpinski, 1
U.S. Representative: Rob Clift, 1
Governor: Billy Toien, 1
Lieutenant Governor: Al A. Anders, 1
State Senate, District C: no candidate
State Representative, District 5: no candidate

U.S. Senator: Ted Stevens (incumbent), 58; Mike Aubrey, 10
U.S. Representative: Don E. Young (incumbent), 63
Governor: Frank H. Murkwoski, 55; Wayne A. Ross, 7; Eric E. Wieler, 3; Brad Snowden, 2
Lieutenant Governor: Sarah Palin, 11; Gail Phillips, 14; Loren D. Leman, 10; Paul R. Wieler, 3; Robin L. Taylor, 20
State Senate, District C: Mac Carter, 56
State Representative, District 5: Dennis Watson, 25; Gary E. Graham, 31

Governor: Dawn M. Mendia, 0
Lieutenant Governor: no candidate
State senate, District C: no candidate
State Representative, District 5: no candidate

Ballot Measure 1: Initiative Implementing Alternative Voting Electoral System.
This bill enacts preferential voting for state and federal elections, except governor. Voters would rank one to five candidate choices per office. A candidate who receives a majority of first choice votes would be elected. If no candidate who receives a majority of first choice votes would be elected. If no candidate gets a majority vote, the candidate with fewest first choice votes is defeated. Then, remaining candidates receive he next choice votes of voters whose first choice candidate was defeated. This process continues until one candidate gets a majority of the combined votes, In a primary election, a voter may only rank candidates within one party. Shall this initiative become law?
Yes: 33 No: 74

For statewide and districtwide results, see the state of alaska website: