Powell to run again

2 announce race for city offices

Posted: Friday, August 03, 2001

Assembly member Jim Powell and School Board President Mary Becker said they will run for re-election this year.

Three Assembly seats and two School Board seats are up for grabs in the Oct. 2 city election. All seats are three-year terms. The period for filing nominating petitions to get on the ballot is 8 a.m. Aug. 13 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 23.

So far, Powell is the only local candidate to have registered with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Registering allows candidates to accept contributions and make expenditures.

Powell holds an areawide seat. He has served two terms on the Assembly and he said a third term, if he is re-elected, would be his last. Powell said he'd like to see the city complete a balanced tourism management plan, an ice rink in Douglas, and improvements to school facilities.

"I look forward to running. I'd like to continue the work that I've been working on," he said.

The seats of District 1 and 2 Assembly members Cathy Mu-oz and John MacKinnon also are open this fall. Mu-oz, who has served two full terms on the Assembly, said she hasn't decided whether to run again. MacKinnon is out of town and could not be reached for comment.

City officials would not clarify whether term limits prevent MacKinnon from running again. But the city code seems to indicate he can't.

MacKinnon has served on the Assembly since 1989. Term limits go into effect after an Assembly member has served three consecutive terms, and they apply to terms that began on or after the certification of the Oct. 6, 1992, election, according to city code. MacKinnon has served three terms since that election.

Becker and Stan Ridgeway are the two incumbents on the School Board whose seats are open this year. Becker, who has served one term, said she will run again. Ridgeway, also finishing his first term, could not be reached for comment.

Becker said she intends to run "because we have a number of issues before us that are of a lot of interest to me." She cited the remodeling of Juneau-Douglas High School, building a new high school, and meeting local and state academic standards.

"I feel that I'm learning more about it all the time, and I can be of value based on my experience," Becker said.

No one submitted a petition for inclusion on this fall's general election ballot, and the deadline has passed to do so, said City Clerk Laurie Sica.

The Assembly, however, has until its regular meeting on Aug. 20 to adopt an ordinance or resolution to place a proposition on the ballot. The latest an ordinance could be introduced is Monday.

City staff members are working on a proposition to authorize splitting two high school bonding projects that were approved as one bond package in 1999.

The measure would allow the city to sell up to $12 million in bonds to renovate JDHS. The Legislature this past session authorized partial state reimbursement for the JDHS project. But it hasn't offered reimbursement for the second half of the bond package, a new high school at Dimond Park.

An Assembly proposal to place a "homestead" property tax exemption on the ballot failed to win approval from the Assembly Finance Committee last month.

Candidates for municipal office must file a nominating petition, be a qualified voter and file a financial disclosure statement with the state by the close of the filing period, said Sica. Forms and petitions are available from the city clerk's office and the city's Web site at www.juneau.org/clerk/elections/.

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