As you head to the polls to cast your ballot for the statewide primary election today, you can start thinking about which candidates you might select in the upcoming municipal election in October.
Except for mayor. Nobody get to choose the Kodiak Island Borough mayor. That’s because, as is all-too-often the case in both the borough and the city, there is only one candidate for the office this year: Assemblyman Dan Rohrer.
The filing deadline for assembly, school board and service areas was at 4:30 Monday afternoon, and when the smoke cleared, Rohrer’s was the only name listed as seeking the borough mayor’s office. The incumbent is Jerol Friend.
On the assembly, there are two available seats available – though there will be three if Rohrer is successful, but his position will be filled after the election by assembly appointment. Scott Smiley is seeking election to the seat he was appointed to this summer, but Assemblyman Frank Peterson, whose term is up, is not seeking re-election. In his stead, Monique Lewis and Matthew Van Daele have filed.
On the school board, incumbent Rick Kniaziowski did not file for re-election, opening the door for three candidates to vie for the one vacancy. They are Kelly Bell, Julie Cain Hill and Merissa Koller-Williams.
Also contested are two service area boards. Fire Protection Area Number 1 has one vacancy which Jim Pickett, Jeff Halcomb and Mike Dolph are running to fill, and then the Service Area Number 1 board has two openings with Dennis Symmons, Curtis Howell and Craig DeHart seeking election.
The Bay View and Monashka Bay road service areas each have just as many candidates as vacancies, while there are no candidates for the two seats on the Womens Bay Service Area Board.
The municipal election is October 4th.