For a while this summer, Assemblymember Ruth Danner maintained publicly that she was undecided about seeking a second term on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly representing District 2.
But in July, after a public feud with Juneau Docks and Harbors and with the municipal candidate filing period fast approaching, Danner declared she had decided against running for reelection.
Jerry Nankervis, who retired as Juneau police captain last year, announced his intention to run for Danner’s seat the same day she announced her retirement from the Assembly.
“I want to make this city as appealing for my kids to move to as adults as it was for me when I got here,” said Nankervis. He said he believes he has “the energy, the commitment and the experience” to serve on the Assembly.
Nankervis is unopposed on the ballot, though he could potentially face a challenge from a write-in candidate. Candidates wishing to run a write-in campaign and be eligible to receive votes must submit a letter of intent to the municipal clerk’s office by Sept. 27, five days before Election Day.
District 2 covers most of the Mendenhall Valley — with the exception of the area around Juneau International Airport — as well as Auke Bay, Lena Point and Tee Harbor. Candidates for District 2 seats must be from the district, but are elected areawide by qualified Juneau voters.
Danner’s retirement from the Assembly means that none of this year’s three Assembly races feature an incumbent for the second consecutive year.