Peters out of election for School Board seat

Two spots now open for new candidates

Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Juneau School Board President Bill Peters announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election this October.

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Peters expects to spend more time in his role as president of the board at Big Brothers Big Sisters and other Juneau civic organizations.

After one three-year term on the School Board, including a stint as vice-president, Peters said, "I'm most proud of the new (Mendenhall) Valley high school. It's what I ran on."

Peters and School Board member Mary Becker, both on the facilities committee overseeing the construction and funding of the new school, were the only members at Election Central waiting for the results of June's special election, hoping that the community funded the final vision of Thunder Mountain High School.

Longtime School Board member Becker announced last week she will not seek re-election either.

"We'll miss Bill and Mary. I wish them well," School Board member Andi Story said.

Peters and Becker retain their seats for several months yet. With the filing deadline just days away, no candidates have emerged for either seat.

Several people have expressed interest in running for one of the two seats, but the time commitment worries potential candidates, Story said.

"Every year we get good candidates to step forward," she said.

Peters said he also has contacted possible candidates.

"I've approached people active in the school community," he said.

Peters said, "back-to-school issues" will be the focus of his remaining time as School Board president.

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