Collins to seek seat on city Assembly

Posted: Friday, July 05, 2002

Chuck Collins, owner of Copy Works, Copy Express and a Sign Pro franchise, said today he plans to run for either the District 1 or areawide seat on the Juneau Assembly.

Collins, who ran unsuccessfully for Jim Powell's areawide seat last fall, said he'd like to improve Juneau's relationship with other Southeast Alaska communities and the Assembly's relationship with other city boards.

"I don't think I'm happy with how things are going," he said. "I don't think it's an ego trip for me, I think we have to change some of the perceptions people view our town with. There are a lot of things that need to be changed."

The city election is Oct. 1, with the filing period open from Aug. 12 to 22. Collins, along with five others, has filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission allowing him to raise money and to campaign.

Although city candidates file for an Assembly seat based on where they live, voters cast ballots in all of the races.

Incumbent Assembly members Don Etheridge of District 2, Frankie Pillifant of District 1 and Marc Wheeler, who holds an areawide seat, have said they plan to file for re-election.

Juneau Planning Commission member Merrill Sanford and therapist Dixie Hood also plan to run, but have not decided which seat they will seek. Sanford lives in District 1 and Hood lives in District 2.

Joanna Markell can be reached at joannam@juneauempire.com.



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