Juneau small-business owner Dale Anderson has filed a petition with the city clerk to get himself on the Oct. 3 ballot.
Anderson is making a bid for the District 2 seat now held by Dwight Perkins. Perkins has declared his intention to leave the assembly at the end of his term.
Book publisher Alan Schorr, a three-term member of the Juneau School Board, also has filed a petition with the city clerk to run for reelection.
Anderson is a 47-year resident of Juneau and a real estate agent. He also owns Auke Lake Bed and Breakfast and Admiralty Tours, which conducts fishing charters and ecotours, he said from Nenana today. Anderson has been a legislative aide to Anchorage Republican Rep. Eldon Mulder for a year, and was in Nenana on a tour of vocational and regional boarding schools as part of his staff duties for the Legislatures Budget and Audit Committee, he said.
My main concern at this juncture is the split we have in Juneau, he said. I support controlled growth for tourism for Juneau, and Im hoping to bring small-business expertise to the table.
Over the past 50 years, Ive seen Juneau pull together over some difficult issues, Anderson said. Its time we stopped the shouting and started talking.
Anderson ran unsuccessfully for state House District 3 including Douglas and downtown Juneau in 1992.
Voters will decide who occupies four of the assemblys nine seats this fall.
Mayor Dennis Egan has not yet declared whether he will run for reelection. Photojournalist Mark Farmer is running for that seat.
Tom Garretts vacated areawide seat is being contested by real estate consultant PeggyAnn McConnochie and marketing consultant Patty Zimmerman.
And District 1 incumbent Ken Koelsch has declared his intention to stay on the assembly.
Three school board seats are open this year. Incumbent Chuck Cohen has said he will seek reelection, but two-term member Jeff Bush has said he would not run. No one, other than Schorr, had filed to run by this morning.
The last day to turn in petitions to run in the Oct. 3 election is Aug. 24.