Upcoming elections see more candidate filings
Deadline is Friday at 5 p.m. for names to appear on municipal ballot this October
The municipal election for seats on the city council and board of education are not until October, but candidates that want to have their names printed on the official ballot for either elected position must return completed petitions to the city clerk’s office before 5 p.m. this Friday.
There are two three-year seats open on the board of education and three two-year seats opening up for city council.
To qualify to run for city council or school board, a potential candidate must have lived in Valdez one year, be registered to vote and must visit the city clerk’s office in person at city hall and pickup a petition; the petition must be returned in person with 25 signatures of registered Valdez voters.
“The filing deadline is Friday at 5 p.m.” said Holly Powers, assistant city clerk.
As of noon Tuesday, five candidates had returned completed petitions to run for the three open seats on for city council.
Incumbent Mike Wells will be on the October ballot; council member Karen Ables, whose term is set to expire, has picked up a petition from the clerk’s office, but had not returned it as of Tuesday morning. Council member Dorothy Moore announced last week that she will not be seeking another term on council.
Newcomers vying for the three council seats that have retuned completed petitions are: James “Hotai” Williams, David Lyle, Nancy Lethcoe and Nichole Tifft.
Former council candidate Wanda Clark has taken out a petition from the clerk’s office but had not returned it as of Tuesday morning.
In the race for school board, incumbent Steve Brockman has returned a completed petition, as has newcomer Jessica Vincent. Current board member Toni Balowski, whose term is set to expire, has not yet taken out a petition to run for office and has not stated whether or not he intends to run again.
“No one else has picked any up,” Powers said when questioned about school board candidates.
The municipal elections are set for Tuesday, October 8.
After the ballots are set but before the elections, there will be a “Meet the Candidates” forum open to the public on Wednesday, September 18. The event will be hosted by the Valdez Star and Tony Gorman, news director for KCHU, public radio. All candidates on the ballot for both races will be invited to attend the event, where voters are encouraged to question candidates on issues.
While all eyes are on the upcoming ballot, it is also important to ensure you are properly registered to vote in Valdez at least 30 days before the election.