Borough Filing Deadline Friday, City Next Month – For Now

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The filing deadline for Kodiak Island Borough offices is coming up this Friday, and so far, there’s only one declared candidate for any of the 13 open seats.

Incumbent Mayor Jerome Selby has filed for re-election, but as of Monday afternoon, incumbent assemblywomen Pat Branson and Louise Stutes have not filed. School board incumbent Melissa Borton has not filed for re-election either. The other nine seats available in the borough are for service area boards. All terms are for three years.

The deadline for Kodiak City Council doesn’t come up until September 3rd, but there is an initiative on the ballot to change that date and move it up to coincide with the borough’s deadline.

There is a single one-year seat available on the council, which belonged to Paul Smith, who is leaving Kodiak. A pair of three-year seats are available as well – they belong to incumbents Terry Haines and John Whiddon. As of Monday, neither has filed the required nominating packets for re-election.

The city is still looking for someone to temporarily fill the seat Smith is vacating. Candidates will be interviewed at the council work session in two weeks, and the applicant selected will serve until October 28th, when the results from the October 5th municipal election are certified.

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