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'I just can't vote for Merrill Sanford for Mayor!'

Posted: September 27, 2012 - 12:06am

As I watched Merrill Sanford during the Question and Answer session sponsored by the League of Women Voters last week, I was impressed by some of his heartfelt delivery. But I was also amazed at his expressing fondness for some aspects of Juneau life that his voting record simply has not supported. I guess it is politics to reach out to voters who have not paid attention to how steadfast and predictably Mr. Sanford has commented, questioned, and voted during his tenure in the Juneau Assembly.

I am looking for someone to conduct Assembly meetings with a proven track record of negotiation. Cheryl Jebe’s professional employment provides such a track record. I am looking for someone who does not have a predictably partisan background. Cheryl Jebe was the president of the Juneau League of Women Voters, then the president of the Alaska League of Women voters, and remains active in the organization. Why is this background valuable in the position of mayor? The League of Women Voters believes, “An honest and respectful sharing of ideas is vital to the functioning of American democracy.”

In the League, opinions are formed only after research, study and consensus. A fair and impartial view toward leadership in the Assembly gets my vote. I am voting for Cheryl Jebe for Mayor.

Patricia O’Brien

Juneau

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