The filing period for the City and Borough of Juneau municipal election opened Friday morning. So far, no newcomers have filed for any of the six open seats, which include the mayor’s seat, two Assembly seats and three for the Juneau School District Board of Education, according to the city clerk’s webpage.
Incumbents Loren Jones and Jerry Nankervis are the only people to have filed for positions on the Assembly so far.
Jones, who is just concluding his first term on the Assembly, was the first to file and said he is seeking a second term to continue working on community finances “to make sure we have a sustainable, long-term budget.” Affordable housing is also among Jones’ top priorities.
“I think it’s hard to say ‘I did this’ or ‘I did that’ because we work so closely as an Assembly,” Jones said. “We’ve had our disagreements, but I think we’ve worked well together to address these issues.”
Like Jones, Nankervis is nearing the end of his first term, and — also like Jones — his primary concern heading into a possible second term is the city’s budget.
“What we need to focus on, a lot, is fiscal responsibility,” Nankervis said.
During the past three years, he said he has worked to make sure the city is acting with fiscal forethought by consistently questioning any decisions regarding spending to make sure they are responsible.
Mayor Merrill Sanford has announced that he will seek re-election this fall, but he did not file on the opening day. He plans to file with the city clerk’s office Monday. If elected to serve a second term, Sanford said his top priority will be implementing all of the recommendations of the Juneau Economic Plan, which the city adopted earlier this year.
Andi Story, the Board of Education’s vice president, is seeking a fifth term to “continue to work on having a statewide budget plan for our district.”
The terms of board President Phyllis Carlson and Destiny Sargeant, who chairs the board’s facilities committee, also expire this year. Neither Carlson or Sargeant have filed with the city clerk yet. Sargeant said she likely will not run again, citing family obligations. Carlson did not respond to inquiries from the Empire regarding whether she will seek re-election.
The filing period will remain open until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17.