Juneau Assembly member Cathy Munoz said today she won't seek re-election this fall so that she can focus on preventing a capital move. She said she also wants to give other people a chance to serve.
"I've enjoyed serving very much," Munoz said. "It's been interesting working on the city's budget process. We've managed to lower the mill rate for property owners and fund a number of excellent projects. After nearly seven years, though, it's time to give others an opportunity to serve."
Munoz was appointed to the Assembly to fill the District 1 seat vacated when Dennis Egan became mayor. After serving an eight-month appointment, she was elected to two three-year terms in office. She is the chairwoman of the Assembly's Finance Committee and headed the Trails Working Group, which made recommendations about commercial trail use in Juneau.
Specifically, Munoz said she's proud of this year's half-mill property tax cut, upgrades to Juneau's parks and recreation system and harbors, an ice rink scheduled to open in Douglas next year, half-hour bus service and pedestrian improvements near the McNugget intersection.
"We have a long history and tradition as Alaska's capital city, and we need to get a positive message out about what a great city Juneau is to live and work in," she said.
Candidates for local office can file nominating petitions in the city clerk's office today through Aug. 23. The election is Oct. 2.
Three seats are open on the Assembly this fall. Randy Wanamaker, chairman of Goldbelt Inc.'s board of directors, said he plans to run for the District 2 seat being vacated by Deputy Mayor John MacKinnon, who can't run again because of term limits. Incumbent areawide Assembly member Jim Powell and Mark Farmer, chairman of the city's now disbanded Urban Bear Committee, have said they plan to run.
Two seats are open on the Juneau School Board. Incumbents Stan Ridgeway and Mary Becker have said they will run again.