Filing open for 2018 local municipal elections

Residents vote. (Photo by Jay Barrett/KMXT)

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As of August 1, candidates could begin filing to run for seats on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, the Kodiak City Council, and the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education.

Two seats are open on the assembly.

Kyle Crow has been on the assembly for three years and is wrapping up his term. He will not run again.

Dennis Symmons is also at the end of his 3-year term. He will be running again. Symmons was initially appointed in July 2015 and then ran for office in October 2015.

For school board, two members have expiring 3-year terms: Robert Foy and Tracy Chandler. No word on whether they will run again.

There are also openings on five service area boards.

There are two seats each on the Bayview Road Service Area Board, the Fire Protection Area Number One Board, the Monashka Bay Road Service Area Board, the Service Area Number One Board, and the Women’s Bay Service Area Board, which includes Bells Flats.

The final day to submit filings is August 15 at 4:30 p.m.  

A person may still run as a write-in candidate by filing a declaration of write-in candidacy form with the borough clerk from August 16 until October 1 at 5 p.m.

Forms are available for download on the borough’s website for Assembly and School Board or Service Area Board. Forms are also available for pick up in the Borough Clerk’s Office, room 234.

Candidates for assembly and school board must be qualified voters of the borough and residents of the borough for one year at the time of filing. For the service areas, they need to be a resident of the service area for at least 30 days.

The local municipal election is set for October 2.

There will also be a proposition about maximum allowable tax revenues on the ballot. The borough clerk is currently soliciting pro and con statements to be included in the borough voters’ pamphlet on the ballot initiative.

The City of Kodiak is holding their election concurrently. Two city council seats are open.

Rich Walker and Daniel Mckenna-Foster’s terms are up. Walker is completing a 3-year term. He was elected in 2012 and again in 2015 and has served on the council for six years. Walker is running for state representative as a Republican trying to unseat fellow Republican Louise Stutes. Walker can still run for the council seat, although there is no word yet on whether he will. Dennis Harris is also running – to represent Kodiak as a democrat.

Mckenna-Foster was appointed to his seat on May 10, and it expires in October. No word on whether Mckenna Foster will run.

The state of Alaska primary is August 21.

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