The filing period for October's municipal election begins in one week, and so far three candidates have filed paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission indicating they plan to raise campaign funds.
Mayor Sally Smith will seek reelection. David Stone, vice president for consumer affairs with Alaska Electric Light & Power, will run for Assembly for District 1 and the seat held by Ken Koelsch. School Board member Daniel Peterson will run for the District 2 seat held by Dale Anderson. Koelsch and Anderson said they are not ready to announce whether they will seek re-election.
"I'm seriously considering it," Anderson said. "I'm very close to a decision. My considerations are family, work and the commitment necessary to do a top-quality job."
The election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7. The filing period for the three-year mayor and Assembly positions begins Aug. 18 and closes Aug. 28. To run, candidates must gather petitions with the signatures of at least 25 qualified voters.
Stone, a Juneau mining historian and author, said he decided late last week to seek public office.
"I grew up here, and I thought it would be a good, logical thing to do. I wanted to be part of the solution, rather than sitting on the sidelines," he said, referring to the city's tight budget situation.
Stone wrote "Hard Rock Gold," a history of mining in Juneau. He formerly was a spokesman for Echo Bay mine.
Peterson, who is finishing a term on the Juneau School Board, has known he would like to run for several weeks. Just shy of his 21st birthday, Peterson was elected to the School Board while in high school in 2000.
"I believe I had good experience on the School Board, and I'd like to continue some of the work I've started," he said. "I'd like to finish the second high school and develop the economy while still keeping it a good place to live here in Juneau."
Peterson, a third-year student at the University of Alaska Southeast, is interning at the state Department of Revenue this summer. He has served on multiple committees, including the Program Evaluation Committee and the Committee for Native and Minority Student Success. He has chaired the School Board Policy Committee since 2001.
Peterson said he has raised about $1,500 for his campaign.
Smith was not available for comment on Thursday afternoon. She is serving her first term as mayor.
Koelsch, a U.S. Customs officer, and Anderson, a Juneau businessman, said they would announce their decisions soon. Anderson is serving his first term, and Koelsch is completing his second.
"I'm talking it over with my family," Koelsch said.
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