Branson Leaving Assembly; Abell Challenges Selby

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There will be a new face on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly after this fall’s municipal elections. Long-time incumbent Pat Branson is not seeking re-election.

Branson has served on the assembly for 12 years. Reached at the Anchorage airport, she said instead, she will be running for Kodiak City Council.

(Branson 1 16 sec "Well, I’ve lived in the city … so I put my name in.")

She’ll be running for the one-year seat available on the council, which is to serve out the rest of Councilman Paul Smith’s truncated term. The filing deadline for the Kodiak City Council is September 3th.

The final list of candidates from the borough clerk’s office has three people running for the two available assembly seats: incumbent Louise Stutes, running for re-election for the first time, along with former assemblyman Scott Arndt and newcomer Carol Austerman, the daughter of Representative Alan Austerman.

Branson said she thinks the changes will be good:

(Branson 2 28 sec "Assemblies, work groups … hope that would spread.")

Most of the rest of the Kodiak Island Borough’s elective offices this year will be contested.

For the three-year office of Kodiak Island Borough mayor, former Assemblyman Tom Abell (able) is challenging long-time incumbent Jerome Selby.

Former school board member Betty Odell is running again for the board of education, challenging one-term incumbent Melissa Borton.

James Pickett is so far the only candidate for the single Fire Protection Number One board seat that is open, while Dennis Symmons and Greg Spalinger are each seeking one of the two open seats on the Service Area Number One Board. Amanda Henderson and Jessica Horn are the only two candidates for the Women’s Bay Road Service Area

. The four open Bay View and Monashka Bay road service area seats will have no candidates. Quite often write-in votes determine the winner in cases like this.

All terms in all races are for three years.

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