Longtime Juneau Planning Commission member Marshal Kendziorek announced he will run for Johan Dybdahl's areawide Assembly seat in the October city election.
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"I've spent a lot of time learning and working in the community, and I want to continue building on that," he said.
Dybdahl said last week he is leaning toward running for re-election.
Kendziorek has spent nearly a decade on the Planning Commission.
"I care about the little things," Kendziorek said. "I really want to focus on achievable goals. I care about how our local government works."
Kendziorek has filed a letter of intent to run for office with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
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The period to file for city office runs from Aug. 3 to 13. Those seeking an elected position must be a registered voter, live within the district they choose to represent, and file a petition with 25 signatures.
Kendziorek said he wants to continue working on affordable housing, focusing on real solutions that support the continuity of neighborhoods while also providing housing opportunities for people entering the work force.
"I think we are starting to see a real turnaround in the housing market both nationally and in Juneau, and that is going to have a real ripple effect here," Kendziorek said.
Kendziorek said he also wants to help Juneau grow as a regional economic, medical and cultural hub for Southeast Alaska. He said he supports schools, first responders, a strong economy and reasonable development. He also is concerned about government jobs leaving Juneau.
He said there has been too much focus on keeping the capital star on the map.
"While everyone is talking about that, the headquarters are moving."
Presently working as the director of information technology for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., Kendziorek worked for many years at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and was a small-business owner. He has served on the Wetlands Review Board, Public Works and Facilities Committee and the Capitol Planning Commission.
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