Wanamaker, Kendziorek file for city election

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2007

Two people were certified Friday afternoon for the Oct. 2 municipal election on the opening day of the candidate filing period.

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As anticipated, incumbent Randy Wanamaker has filed for re-election to the District 2 Juneau Assembly seat he has held for two terms.

Juneau Planning Commission member Marshal Kendziorek filed for the areawide Assembly seat held by Johan Dybdahl, who was undecided about running as of last month.

The District 1 Assembly seat presently held by Jeff Bush also is up for consideration on the October ballot. Although he did not file Friday, Bush announced last month in the Juneau Empire he intends to seek re-election.

The Juneau School Board seats of President Bill Peters and Board Member Mary Becker are also on the Oct. 2 ballot. Nobody filed for either seat on Friday.

Becker told the Juneau Empire this week she does not intend to seek re-election to the School Board, but has considered running for the Assembly.

The candidate filing period closes at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13.

To run for city office, candidates must complete a nomination petition with a minimum of 25 registered voters, Deputy Municipal Clerk Beth McEwen said.

"We do encourage people to get more than 25 signatures in case one of their signers is not a registered voter," she said.

Potential candidates also must complete an Alaska Public Offices Commission financial disclosure statement, McEwen said. The documents are available on the city's Web site at www.juneau.org or can be picked up at the clerk's office at City Hall, she said.

Kendziorek said he already has kicked off his campaign and is meeting with citizens around the community.

"I've had a lot of people who are very supportive of the notion that I've been pushing - to focus on little things," he said. "The things that don't serve to divide our community, but serve our community."

Advocating for more support for educators, first responders and the arts community has been getting favorable response from those he has talked to, Kendziorek said.

He said he would like to continue building on the knowledge and experience gained from his three terms on the Planning Commission.

"We need to find ways to encourage the development of more affordable housing in Juneau," he said. "As I said, that is something we have been working very hard on in the Planning Commission for a number of years."

Wanamaker also has been busy hitting the campaign trail.

"I'm going about it the way I have in the past, and that is meeting with people to hear the concerns they have and going door to door meeting people," he said.

Economic security is the issue Wanamaker said he keeps hearing about from the public.

"I still think that economic diversification and employment diversification, that's really the key to Juneau's future," he said. "It will help bring economic stability to the community and I think that we need that."

Wanamaker said he also is focused on helping find a solution to Juneau's waste dilemma and dealing with the growing landfill.

"That garbage pile gets bigger every day," he said. "The cranes and the bulldozers that are working on it look quite small now. That is how big the mound has gotten."

McEwen said the amount of work and dedication involved in running for public office is amazing. The Clerk's Office is always appreciative when someone files a petition to run for office, she said.

"I just encourage people to think about serving our community in this manner," McEwen said.

• Contact Eric Morrison at 523-2269 or eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.

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