Open Borough Offices Slow to Fill

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Today at 4:30 is the deadline for submitting pro or con statements on the two ballot questions for the Kodiak Island Borough municipal election pamphlet. Voters will decide on two items in the October election: Proposition 1 will determine if the borough should implement a one-percent sales tax. The voter initiative will seek to put term limits on officials elected to the offices of mayor, assembly or school board.

Borough Clerk Nova Javier said her office is soliciting the statements from any interested party. She said the term limit initiative author, Lorna Arndt, would not necessarily be the one to provide the statement.

Javier said she’s still working out the process of choosing which statement to appear in the pamphlet in the event there are multiple submissions.

Regarding term limits, the Kodiak Island Borough School Board held an executive session Monday evening during a special meeting. The official summary states the closed-door session was, "for the purpose of discussing pending legal matters and options related to the term limits initiative."

Board President Norm Wooten said yesterday that the board wanted to become informed on the issue and their options and that it wasn’t necessarily going to sue over term limits.

As of this morning, one person has filed for one of the two open three-year terms on the school board. Aaron Griffin filed his paperwork on Tuesday. There is also one taker – so far – for the single one-year term. That is Giovanni Tallino. The one-year term is to finish the remainder of the term of a school board member who left office earlier this year. Katie Oliver was appointed last month and will hold the seat until the election. The terms of school board members Jeff Stephen and Peggy Rouwolf are expiring. So far they have not filed for re-election.

On the borough assembly, where three seats are open for three years, incumbents Judy Fulp and Dave Kaplan have filed for re-election, but fellow assembly member Sue Jeffrey has not.

There are 10 open seats on various service area boards and so far no candidates for any of them.

The filing deadline is at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

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