Wanamaker makes bid for Assembly

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2001

Randy Wanamaker said today he intends to run for one of three open seats on the Juneau Assembly this fall.

Wanamaker, a geologist, environmental planner and chairman of Goldbelt Inc.'s board of directors, plans to run for the District 2 seat on the Assembly. Goldbelt is Juneau's urban Native corporation.

Preventing a capital move, solving Juneau's transportation problems and revitalizing the local economy are among the issues he would like to address, Wanamaker said.

"Government jobs are being transferred out of Juneau one by one," he said. "We need to help transfer those jobs back and welcome new business opportunities."

Wanamaker said his work with other Southeast Alaska communities would help build Juneau's relationship with the rest of the region.

The city election is Oct. 2. Candidates for local office can file nominating petitions in the city clerk's office from Aug. 13 through Aug. 23.

Deputy Mayor John MacKinnon, who holds the District 2 seat, can't run again because of term limits. Incumbent Assembly member Jim Powell and Mark Farmer, chairman of the city's now disbanded Urban Bear Committee, have said they plan to run. District 1 Assembly member Cathy Muoz has not indicated whether she will run for re-election.

Two seats are open on the Juneau School Board. Incumbents Stan Ridgeway and Mary Becker have said they will run again.

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