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Clerk's office finalizes October ballot

Sample ballot posted on CBJ website

Posted: August 23, 2012 - 11:03pm
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The municipal ballot is officially set.

The office of City Clerk Laurie Sica posted a sample ballot materially identical to those Juneau voters will see Oct. 2 on the City and Borough of Juneau’s website Thursday afternoon.

That sample ballot, which can be found on the “Elections Information” page, displays the names of five candidates for the Juneau School District Board of Education, two candidates for mayor, two candidates for Assembly District 1 and one candidate for Assembly District 2, along with write-in lines for each race, as well as two ballot propositions.

“It’s pretty close to what the actual ballot’s going to look like. All the wording’s the same,” Sica said.

Sica added that the difference between the sample ballot and the actual ballot is that “I’ve made (the sample ballot), rather than the ballot programmer that programs the ballot for use in the optical scan machine.”

Ballot language, as well as the candidates who will appear on the ballot, is final now that Thursday’s deadline for changes has passed, Sica said.

Of the sample ballot, Sica expqlained, “It’s just a sample, and it’s out there for people to take a look, review and think about it before they go to the poll.”

Jerry Nankervis, the District 2 candidate, is the only candidate whose name stands alone on the ballot. No other candidate filed for Assemblymember Ruth Danner’s District 2 seat before the Aug. 13 deadline passed. Nankervis said that surprised him somewhat.

“I figured somebody would throw their name in in the end there,” said Nankervis, who retired as a captain from the Juneau Police Department last year.

Although Nankervis is the only District 2 candidate on the ballot, there is still a way he might end up with an opponent.

The deadline for a write-in candidate in any race to file a letter of intent with the city clerk’s office is Sept. 27, five days before the election. Under CBJ code, votes for any write-in candidate who does not file by then cannot be counted.

“Maybe somebody would decide to run because there’s one unopposed seat,” Sica said. “They have plenty of time to file.”

But Sica said she has not heard of anyone planning to run as a write-in candidate this year. Nankervis said the same.

If someone did run a write-in candidacy in his race, Nankervis added, it would not change his calculus much, other than perhaps to prompt him to spend more money on advertising.

“I’m not prepared to alter what I’m doing,” said Nankervis.

Although he has no opponent, Nankervis said he still plans to attend candidate forums, meet with voters and be active on the campaign trail.

“I just finished fishing this week, so now it’ll be going in earnest,” Nankervis said of his campaign.

The candidates for the District 1 seat, which is being vacated by term-limited Deputy Mayor David G. Stone, are Loren Jones and Paul Nowlin.

Merrill Sanford and Cheryl Jebe are running for mayor, also an open seat with the departure of three-term Mayor Bruce Botelho.

Three school board seats are up for election this year. Accordingly, three lines for write-in candidates will appear on the ballot.

School board incumbents Phyllis Carlson and Andrea Story are running for reelection, with Destiny Sargeant, Michelle Johnston and Will Muldoon rounding out the field of five candidates.

The first proposition on the ballot, Proposition 1, would authorize $25 million in general obligation bonds to be issued. That bond issue would fund several infrastructure projects, including Centennial Hall renovations, the proposed Eaglecrest Learning Center and the Aurora Harbor rebuild.

Proposition 2 would extend the 1 percent special sales tax through September 2018, with revenues going toward a longer list of projects, such as the planned Child and Adolescent Mental Health Facility at Bartlett Regional Hospital, grant-matching funds for a Snow Removal Equipment Facility at Juneau International Airport, and deferred maintenance for CBJ buildings.

Ten million dollars in sales tax revenues would go toward bond retirement if both propositions are approved by voters. If Proposition 2 passes and Proposition 1 fails, that money would be split between the Centennial Hall and Aurora Harbor projects.

If Proposition 1 passes and Proposition 2 fails, in the absence of the $10 million from the sales tax toward paying down bond debt, the city would have to raise property taxes to retire the bonds on schedule, according to the explanation on the ballot.

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

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