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Nowlin certified for October ballot

Entry sets up first contested municipal race of the year

Posted: August 6, 2012 - 11:03pm

At least two candidates for the open District 1 seat on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will appear on the October ballot after Paul Nowlin’s nominating petition was certified Monday morning by the city clerk’s office.

Nowlin, an office manager at Petro Marine Services who has not sought public office before, is the second candidate to file for the seat being vacated by Deputy Mayor David G. Stone. Stone is termed out this year after three consecutive terms on the Assembly.

Loren Jones, who fell just short in his bid last year for the areawide seat now occupied by Assembly member Carlton Smith, was certified as a candidate in the District 1 race last Friday.

“I do think that he’ll be a very hard candidate to run against, but I’m kind of glad that I’m not running unopposed, because I am a newcomer,” Nowlin said of Jones. “I’d rather (voters) were confident in me than feel like they were stuck with me because they didn’t have any choice.”

Nowlin’s filing, while not unexpected after his announcement last month that he would seek the seat, sets up the first — and so far, the only — contested election on this year’s municipal ballot.

“I welcome him to the race,” said Jones of Nowlin. “I don’t think any of us should be running unopposed.”

Because of an injury Nowlin suffered in a motorcycle crash seven years ago that left him with a hip replacement and permanent damage to his back, Nowlin said his ability to get out on the campaign trail will be somewhat constrained.

“I won’t be hitting the door-to-door route like Loren’s going to be doing,” said Nowlin. “I really can’t hit the door-to-door like I should be doing to really get out there and meet people individually. Hopefully that doesn’t hurt out there, but it is what it is.”

In an effort to meet voters and share his ideas, Nowlin said, he may host a meet-and-greet event. He said he also plans to speak with groups downtown.

• Contact reporter Mark D. Miller at 523-2279 or at mark.d.miller@juneauempire.com.

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