The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Voters can meet candidates one on one

Get to know the people who represent you


Elections for board of education and city council are rapidly approaching – polls will be open from BLUK Tuesday, October 4 – and will be here sooner rather than later.

To help voters get to know the people who will be representing the people of Valdez in city government, KCHU Public Radio and the Valdez Star have teamed up to present a “Meet the Candidates” forum this Thursday night, September 22.

The event will run from 6:30 until 9 p.m. at the Valdez City Council Chambers. It is a free event that is not only open to the public, but where you as a voter will be encouraged to ask questions of the candidates on issues that matter to you.

This year, there are four candidates for each of the three open positions on both the city council and school board.

There are three incumbents running for city council – Karen Ables, Mike Wells and Dorothy Moore. A fourth candidate - Rich Long - is a former council member looking to return to elected politics.

The ballot for the school board looks very similar. There are also three incumbents running for reelection – Dawn Farmer, Anita Fannin and Dan Walker. And like the city council race, the fourth challenger on the October ballot – Dolores Gard - is also a former school board member hoping to regain a school board seat.

You may be asking yourself “Why show up to meet candidates I already know?”

There are many reasons why you should, but the one that comes to my mind first is the fact that this will be an excellent forum to ask candidates - whether they are incumbents or former members wanting back in – questions about their vision of the future of the city and our schools with all or most candidates present.

The forum planned for the event is simple and public but will not be broadcast on the radio. Moderators will have prepared questions for candidates, but there will be an open microphone for anyone who’d like to ask a question. If public speaking is not your thing, you can submit written questions for moderators to ask for you.

So be informed before you vote October 4 and plan to attend the forum this Thursday evening at council chambers.


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