There are six candidates running for three open City and Borough of Juneau Assembly seats. There are no incumbents because one of the current members is terming out — which means that person can’t serve more than three terms in a row — and two other seats were filled in by appointees as the elected persons resigned to move out of state.
Assembly Areawide District
There are three choices for the open Areawide seat.
• Carlton Smith, owner of Carlton Smith Company — which sells and acquires commercial property — is involved in several private organizations and non-profits.
He believes that service makes him a good candidate for Assembly. Smith said he is running because he “has the time, energy and experience to make positive contributions” to the community.
“I’ve served on numerous local boards here in Juneau, statewide boards and national boards,” Smith said in a prior interview. “That’s the experience I want to bring to the Assembly. Both my kids are just now completing their school age years in Juneau. I want to basically reflect on that and hopefully make this a better place if they choose to stay in Juneau.”
Smith wants to see the current level of employment stay or grow, cost of living decrease and keep Juneau as the state capital.
His volunteer and business involvement has included being a trustee for the SEARHC Foundation and Alaska Mental Health Trust, member of Boy Scouts of America Southeast Regional Council and state chairman of the Alaska Salvation Army. He also was the director of Sealaska Heritage Foundation and served as an officer with the corporation.
• Genoveva “Geny” Del Rosario considers Juneauites to be her family and she wants to take her tradition of volunteering and service one step further.
“Well, I have found community service to be very rewarding,” Del Rosario said shortly after filing. “I believe I am infusing diversity into the Assembly and diversification is essential to growth and prosperity. I believe in good government. I am a small business person.”
Del Rosario hopes to give a Filipino-Americans a voice on the Assembly, but to also carefully balance that voice with the needs of all her constituents.
Del Rosario wants to see a stable and welcome business environment, strong education support including after school programs, continued support for public safety and affordable housing and services for senior citizens.
“I have been a volunteer all my life,” she said. “Volunteering is one of my passions. Whatever I do for others, this is my home now, I will give Juneau my time and my effort. I volunteer a lot here and it keeps me healthy and it’s fun. We tell stories and learn from each other. I sit on the Juneau Human Rights Commission, and they believe in diversification. I believe and I hope everybody believes so. By this belief that I have, I think I would make it fair and do a good job for each and everyone that I would represent. It’s coming from the gut, it’s coming from the heart.”
• Loren Jones has served several terms on the Bartlett Regional Hospital Board. He served on the Social Services Advisory Board in the 1970s. Currently, Jones serves on the Catholic Community Service Board and Juneau World Affairs Council.
Jones is particularly interested in working on jobs and housing, which he believes are tied together.
“In talking to some people as I was making the decision to run, a lot of employers are finding it hard to keep employees because of the cost of living,” he said after filing. “Housing here is high. If we want to grow our employment I think we have to do something about affordable housing.”
Jones also believes he is a strong candidate for fiscal responsibility, given the upcoming multi-million dollar city deficit. He also wants to work on senior citizen issues with health care and cost of living.
“I think I’ve learned to work with a group of people that have very diverse interests,” Jones said previously. “It takes some real skill to be able to work together to reach some good decisions and I think I have those skills.”
Assembly District 1
Jesse Kiehl and Brad Fleutsch are competing for the seat.
• Kiehl has been a legislative aide for 10 years, living in Juneau the past 13. Kiehl cites his legislative work as a reason for wanting to run — because he’s discovered he likes working with all kinds of people. He and his family also consider Juneau home and Kiehl said he wants to contribute.
Some things of interest Kiehl wants to work on are the city sewer system and opportunities to improve Juneau’s role as the capital.
• Fleutsch ran for mayor in 2006 and describes himself as an “economist by training, financial advisor by practice.”
He said the reasons he is running for office are the same as when he ran for mayor: energy, population/representation, transportation and jobs.
“What I want people to think about is Juneau 2020 — thinking the 2020 Census,” he said. “We should as a community set a goal, we might not be able to do it in the next 10 years, but let’s see if we can make up some ground that we lost. Let’s adopt policies in Juneau that will help us achieve a modest growth rate over 10 or 20 years will get us back to being three strong voices speaking exclusively for the capital city. We need to have a clear vision for how to get there.”
He is a member of Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 70 and is currently the ANB grand treasurer. He is a past president and served in other positions. He was also on the Mayor’s Fiscal Taskforce in 2000, and the Mayor’s Economic Diversification Workforce in 2006. He is a past director of the Juneau Economic Development Council, served four years on the real estate commission and has lived in Juneau since 1987.
Assembly District 2
District 2 has one sole contender for the seat, but it’s a familiar face.
Randy Wanamaker, former Assemblyman, is throwing his hat back in the ring at his earliest opportunity. Wanamaker was unable to run in last year’s election as he termed out, but according to city law, he can file to serve again after a full year break.
“I’m looking forward to discussing the issues with the public because I think that there’s a need for economic and employment stability in our community,” he said in an earlier interview. “I’m certainly hearing a lot from folks about it. They’re concerned about property values, they’re concerned about lack of employment for our young people.”
Wanamaker’s other key goals are working on growing Juneau, growing and protecting a stable job base and decreasing cost of living.
“We have to protect all of the jobs we have and grow new jobs,” Wanamaker said soon after filing. “As a person with a lot of private industry experience, I think I can help the Assembly set the parameters to grow (jobs) and protect the quality of life in this area. I think one of the other important things is because I have experience in private industry sector and I’m also a former state employee, I understand the agencies we need to work with.”
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