Another candidate is throwing his hat in the ring for this year’s open District 1 seat on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly.
Paul Nowlin, 35, said Tuesday that he is running for the seat being vacated by Assembly Member David G. Stone because he wants to “give back” to Juneau.
“Juneau’s always been my home. I’ve moved down south a couple of times, but it’s more or less just concreted … that Juneau is my home,” said Nowlin, who works as an office manager at Petro Marine Services. “Juneau’s always been good to me.”
Running for Assembly this year would mark Nowlin’s first foray into city government and politics, he said.
“I’m honest, I’m hardworking,” Nowlin said. “I don’t have any agendas of my own, per se, other than to make sure that they (the CBJ) are spending efficiently and not wasting tax money.”
Nowlin provided an example of the approach he would bring to the Assembly in a written statement.
“There was recently public debate in our local news about the validity of the way a federal grant was used to purchase some Docks and Harbors equipment, but that aside, does the city need to spend millions on a boat lifting operation? No. There are private companies that provide that service already,” Nowlin wrote, referring to a dispute earlier this month between Assembly Member Ruth Danner and Juneau Docks and Harbors over the proposed use of a hydraulic boat lift at the Don D. Statter Harbor.
Nowlin continued, “If the public has options to remove their boats already, and these purchases will not result in net gains, our city has spent poorly.”
In contrast with Nowlin, Assembly hopeful Loren Jones said he thinks the Statter Harbor haul-out project is “a good idea.”
“The city does have to have a haul-out there in some way, and this looked like a pretty reasonable approach to the issue,” said Jones.
Jones lost a close race last year for the areawide Assembly seat now occupied by Assembly Member Carlton Smith. He has also declared his intention to run for Stone’s seat this year, setting up a contest between Jones and Nowlin.
Both men have filed letters of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, and both said they intend to file with the city on Aug. 3, the soonest candidates can submit paperwork to the city clerk’s office.
“I appreciate having an opponent,” Jones said. “I’m not sure anyone should run unopposed.”
Nowlin said he is not acquainted with Jones personally, but said from what he does know about him, Jones “seems like a good guy.”
“I don’t know if I am a better candidate than Jones,” Nowlin said. “I just don’t think that I’d be a worse candidate.”
Jones said he thinks he will benefit from having more name recognition than Nowlin, thanks to last year’s campaign. He said he will go door to door, attend candidate forums and generally try to “get out there as much as I can” in order to connect with voters.
“I got some real experience doing that last year with the race,” said Jones of campaigning. “I came really close.”
Nowlin said he wants to remain accessible to his constituents if he wins.
“If I get elected, I plan on setting up a website so that people can communicate with me what their opinions are,” said Nowlin.
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