Farmer to run against Powell for Assembly

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2001

Frequent Juneau candidate Mark Farmer said Saturday he intends to challenge Assembly member Jim Powell in this fall's municipal election.

A military journalist who headed the city's Urban Bear Committee, Farmer said he'd like to examine growth and development issues and keep a focus on Juneau's bear problem.

"I'm going to go right to the issues. I'm going to be ruthless and I'm not going to give up," he said.

Farmer has frequently entered and withdrawn from mayor and Assembly races in the past. His withdrawal from last year's mayoral race was seen as a key factor in the narrow victory of Sally Smith over more conservative challenger Jamie Parsons. Smith subsequently appointed Farmer to the ad hoc bear committee.

Powell holds an areawide seat on the Assembly and said last week he plans to run for re-election. Seats held by District 1 and 2 Assembly members Cathy Mu-oz and John MacKinnon also are up for election this fall. 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. For more information, contact the city clerk's office.



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