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

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

New faces needed to run for city elections

Some current seat holders will not be running this October


The race to fill seats for elected office for mayor, city council and school board is wide open a week after the filing period opened for potential candidates to toss their names in the hat.

As of Monday of this week, only one candidate had picked up or returned a nominating petition from the city clerk’s office.

“Nate Smith picked his up and returned it back,” said Sheri Pierce, the city clerk.

Smith will run as an incumbent for the city council seat he currently holds. Smith was appointed by council earlier this year to fill a vacancy left open by the resignation of former council member Jeremy Miner.

The municipal elections in October will decide who will fill three vacancies on the city council, board of education and the mayor’s position.

Dave Cobb, current mayor, said he will not be running for elected office this year.

To declare candidacy for mayor, a hopeful must pick up a nominating petition from the city clerk’s office in person and return it with the signatures of 50 qualified voters registered in Valdez. Seats for city council and school board require only 25 signatures.

Other council members whose terms will expire in October have not yet picked up nominating petitions.

Sitting council member Chris Moulton said he will file for reelection, while Donna Schantz said she had not yet decided if she will run for a second term.

Seats on the board of education will also see new faces this election season.

Board members Anita Fannin and Dawn Farmer both said Monday they will not seek reelection to the board. Dan Walker, whose seat also expires in October, did not return messages asking if he intended to run again.

Seats on the board of education are for three years. Council seats serve for two years, as does the position of mayor.

Potential candidates for all three position have until August 15 to pick up and return nominating petitions.

To qualify to run for elected positions in city government, a potential candidate must meet a one year residency requirement and be registered to vote.

In other election news, the Valdez City Council passed a resolution Monday night for Proposition 1, which will ask voters whether or not the city should bond for up to $20 million to pay for the remaining unbudgeted costs for the new boat harbor.

It will be the only proposition on the ballot.

The elections will be held Tuesday, October 2.


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