Assembly member Chambers will not seek re-election

Terms ending for three Assembly, three School Board members

Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009

Juneau Assembly member Sara Chambers, who has a 7-month-old baby, said Wednesday she will not seek re-election. She said being a mother, business owner and Assembly member was the tipping point for her decision.

"I don't think having an infant is the season to be on the Assembly," she said, "but I'd like to pick up where I left off sometime in the future and hopefully I'll have the support."

Chambers said she would finish out her term.

The candidate filing period for the October municipal election opens at 8 a.m. Aug. 7.

Voters will be asked to chose a mayor, two Assembly members and three School Board members in the Oct. 6 municipal election.

The candidate filing period closes at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

The members of both boards serve three-year terms. The positions are held by Mayor Bruce Botelho, Assembly members David Stone and Chambers, School Board President Mark Choate and members Andi Story and Phyllis Carlson.

Botelho has said he will seek re-election. Mark Farmer, a local U.S. Coast Guard veteran, writer and photojournalist, has said he also will run for the mayor's spot.

More information, including nominating petitions and other forms, are available at the municipal clerk's office at City Hall or www.juneau.org/clerk/elections/. Contact the city clerk's office at 586-5278 or city_clerk@ci.juneau.ak.us, for additional election information.



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