Ten years ago, an 18-year-old fifth-year senior at Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School named Will Muldoon launched a quixotic campaign for a seat on the Juneau School District’s Board of Education.
Muldoon came in last in that race, finishing with fewer votes than seven other candidates.
But this year, Muldoon is trying again.
“I still believe in civics and contributing to the community,” said Muldoon, who sits on KTOO News’ board of directors, after filing for the October ballot Monday.
A former pre-press technician for the Juneau Empire, Muldoon said he departed “amicably” from the newspaper in 2010. He cited his professional background as a potential asset to the board.
“I’m an independent contractor doing IT work, so I’ve definitely got, I think, a lot more insight into the technological aspects of education,” Muldoon said. “As far as I’m aware, I don’t believe there’s anyone right now that actually does any tech sector jobs right now that’s serving on the board.”
Muldoon praised the school board for its work in navigating the JSD through budget deficits.
“They’ve had a really tough time the past couple of years with the budget crunch, and I think they did a great job,” said Muldoon.
Incumbent school board member Phyllis Carlson also filed Monday, joining Muldoon and three other candidates, including her fellow board member Andrea Story, on the ballot.
Carlson did not return a call Monday afternoon requesting comment.
Carlson was the last candidate to file for the Oct. 2 municipal election before the period closed at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Her entrance brought the field of school board candidates this year to five. The top three vote-getters will be elected to seats on the board.
Jerry Nankervis, the retired police captain running for Assemblymember Ruth Danner’s open District 2 seat on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, is the only candidate in any race who is unopposed this year.
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