Former House candidate vies for Assembly spot

Two candidates certified on first day of election filing period

Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2009

Local election officials certified two candidates for Juneau Assembly races on the first day of the election filing period Friday.

Incumbent Mayor Bruce Botelho, who has previously announced he would seek re-election, was one. The second was former state House candidate Stephanie Madsen, who had not previously announced her intentions.

Madsen, a Republican, sought the Mendenhall Valley state House seat last year that Rep. Cathy Muñoz now holds. Muñoz defeated Madsen in a 2008 primary and went on to oust Democratic Rep. Andrea Doll in the general election.

Madsen is the executive director of the At-sea Processors Association, a trade association for American catcher/processor vessels in the Alaska pollock fishery and West Coast whiting fishery. The seat she is seeking is held by first-term Assembly member Sara Chambers, who announced last month that she would not seek re-election because of the demands of having an infant child, among other responsibilities.

Assemblyman David Stone and three Juneau School Board members - board President Mark Choate, Andi Story and Phyllis Carlson - are also up for re-election. No one in those races, including the incumbents, has been certified thus far.

Assembly and School Board elections are nonpartisan.

Of the six races, only the mayor's is expected to be competitive so far. Mark Farmer, a local U.S. Coast Guard veteran, writer and photojournalist, has said he intends to run for the mayor's spot.

Filing closes Aug. 17. Election day is Oct. 6.



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