I believe Cheryl Jebe is a terrific candidate for Mayor. She will certainly get my vote come election day next Tuesday.
For me her most salient qualification is her strong commitment to transparent and open government. After all, we’re talking about everybody’s tax money, everybody’s public lands, parks, waters and resources. And everybody’s public school system. Concerning the latter, she will seek the closest collaboration possible with Juneau’s elected school board members and administrators.
You don’t have to be around her long to realize she has an extremely valuable 17-year history of working in Juneau’s primary industry, state government — specializing in personnel-related fields including retirement and benefits. These are areas of considerable interest to present day City and Borough Assembly members, personnel administrators, and, of course, Juneau citizens and taxpayers.
Her work history also includes eight years with the Alaska Public Employees Association in the areas of contract negotiation, grievances, appeals, and arbitrations. Again, valuable areas of expertise for local as well as state office-holders.
For 25 years Cheryl has distinguished herself as a member of the League of Women Voters as president of the local League, president of the Alaska state League and most recently local League treasurer.
The state positions, in particular, have placed her in close proximity to state administrators and legislators. Valuable credentials, indeed, for a city mayor.
As a senior citizen (83 years, but who’s counting?) I am convinced she will do all she can to continue our city’s commitment to making this an attractive and feasible community in which to retire.
Finally, let me encourage readers to visit Cheryl’s website, www.cheryljebeformayor.com. She lays out in clear language her hopes and vision for Juneau today and Juneau in the future.
• Miller is a former elected City and Borough Assembly member and a 16-year member of the Alaska State House of Representatives.