Smith not certain about election plans

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2003

Mayor Sally Smith says she has not decided whether to seek re-election, even though she filed paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission indicating her intent to do so.

"I filed the paperwork as a contingency," she said on Friday. "I am meeting with Bruce Botelho."

Smith is finishing her first term as Juneau's mayor. She filed paperwork with APOC early this month. She said Botelho, a former Juneau mayor and state attorney general, indicated to her that he may be interested in running for the position. Botelho has been out of town, Smith said, so she had not been able to meet with him.

"I'm considering filing (with the city clerk's office) but there are a few things still to consider," Smith said. "I plan on making a decision by the end of the filing period or probably sooner than that."

Reached at his home Saturday morning, Botelho said he had not made a decision about running, and had yet to meet with Smith.

The municipal election will be held Oct. 7. The filing period for the mayor's seat and two Assembly positions begins Aug. 18 and closes Aug. 28. Candidates must gather petitions with the signatures of at least 25 qualified voters.

David Stone, vice president for consumer affairs at Alaska Electric Light & Power, has said he intends to run for the District 1 Assembly 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.

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