Q & A: Candidates for Kodiak Island Borough Assembly

Tuesday night’s candidate forum. The three people in background are (left to right) Monique Lewis, Scott Smiley, and Matt Van Daele. Far left is Trevor Brown from the Chamber of Commerce, and far right is Lindsay Knight. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Three candidates for the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly participated in a Local Candidate Forum last night. Monique Lewis, Scott Smiley, and Matt Van Daele are competing for two seats of three years on the assembly. James Turner is a write-in, but did not speak at the event.

The candidate not voted into office will have an almost immediate opportunity to put their name back into the hat because current assemblyman Dan Rohrer is running unopposed for borough mayor, which means he will leave an open seat behind him when he is voted into office.

Lindsay Knight, president of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce board of directors, served as moderator at last night’s event. Here are some of the questions he asked Kodiak Island Borough Assembly candidates. The excerpts from their answers are presented in the following order: Monique Lewis, Scott Smiley, and then Matt Van Daele.


That was Monique Lewis, Scott Smiley, and Matt Van Daele, who are running for two seats on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly.

Also included in last night’s forum were two candidates for a seat on the school board, Kelly Bell and Julie Hill, and two Kodiak City Councilmen running unopposed for re-election to the council, Charlie Davidson and John Whiddon.

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