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Filing period closes for municipal election

Bush and Alexandar file for Assembly; Sargeant plans to run for School Board

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Incumbent Jeff Bush filed Monday for re-election to the District 1 Juneau Assembly seat in the October municipal election.

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Nobody filed to run against Bush on Monday, the last day to file as a candidate for the Oct. 2 election.

Iskandar Alexandar, a clinician for Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc., filed Monday for the areawide Assembly seat. Incumbent Johan Dybdahl has filed for re-election. Juneau Planning Commission member Marshal Kendziorek also has filed to run for the areawide Assembly seat.

Destiny Sargeant filed Monday to run for one of two Juneau School Board seats up for election. SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium family counselor Gregory Brown Sr. and small-business owner Jo Anne Bell-Graves filed last week to run for the School Board in the Oct. 2 election.

The two candidates with the most votes will be elected to the School Board seats presently held by President Bill Peters and longtime member Mary Becker, City Clerk Laurie Sica said.

Incumbent Randy Wanamaker has filed for re-election to the District 2 Assembly seat. Dixie Hood has filed to run against Wanamaker.

Sica said the nine candidates will appear on the Oct. 2 ballot unless someone withdraws by the Aug. 23 deadline.

Bush, who is seeking a second term, said it takes awhile to adjust to the role and duties of an Assembly member. Bush said he filed for re-election because he enjoys the job.

"I like working on the issues," he said. "There are times when it is very trying, of course, but I like working through the issues."

Although he is running unopposed, Bush said that does not mean he will forgo the campaigning process.

"It still takes a lot of work, but the pressure is a lot less," he said.

Bush said there are a lot of issues that he would like to continue working on, such as gaining momentum for a second crossing of Gastineau Channel. He said he also would like to see some kind of resolution reached for the Merchants Wharf building.

It is also a critical time to continue pushing hard to combat "capital creep," Bush said.

"I think we have to be diligent to make sure we push Juneau as the capital and really work with our legislative delegation to make sure it stays here and the legislative sessions stay here, and that it is very clear that Juneau remains the capital of Alaska in everyone's mind," he said.

Sargeant said she decided to run for School Board after participating in "The Next Generation: Our Kids, Our Community" project that worked to help develop the educational plan for high schools in Juneau.

"My basic platform that I'm excited about is choices and passion for education," she said. "That all of our children in Juneau get choices and have a passion for education so they'll be confident, responsible and prepared for the 21st century."

Families need to have choices regarding what type of education is best for their children, because what works for one child may not work for another, Sargeant said.

"All the children deserve to have a school that is responsive to their needs so they can continue with their passion for education," she said. "Likewise, I think it's important that educators and staff are excited about their jobs and get the support so they can also have a passion for education."

Alexandar said he decided to run for Assembly because there are a number of issues in the community that have consistently bothered him since he moved to Juneau three years ago.

"There's a lot of stuff that is getting done very badly here," he said.

Alexandar said he believes his odds of getting elected are slim, but decided to run regardless to get the word out about certain key issues. He said his top three issues are to stop the "hemorrhaging of city funds" used to cater to the Legislature, and to help find resolutions to the affordable housing crisis and the city's growing landfill problem.

Alexandar said finding a reasonable solution to the landfill issue needs to happen soon.

"In the three years I've been here, it has turned from a little mound into a big hill," he said.

If need be, the city should take over control of the landfill, Alexandar said.

"If the private sector can't handle it, the public sector has to step in," he said.

• Contact Eric Morrison at 523-2269 or eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.



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