4 more file for city races

Tony Reiger, Jim Powell, Mary Becker and Stan Ridgeway make their candidacies official

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2001

Reiger, a former teacher, administrator and counselor with the Juneau School District and a clerk at sporting goods store Rayco Sales, filed for the District 1 Assembly seat. Reiger said he wants to get the public involved in policy decisions and is particularly interested in health and safety issues.

Reiger filed suit against the city last year in an effort to address concerns about sewage contaminating the Mendenhall Wetlands. The lawsuit is still pending, but its main intent has been achieved, he said. A sewer connection between the Bonnie Brae Subdivision and Salmon Creek now is under construction.

"I was pleased to see the city did start to do something about it. It was a shame it took as much effort as it did to do something that obviously needed to be done years ago," he said.

Powell filed for re-election to his areawide seat. He said he'd like to focus on business incentives, particularly for small manufacturing operations, the city's tourism management plan and school facilities.

Ridgeway and Becker earlier indicated they planned to run for re-election to the School Board, pointing to academic standards, a new high school and improvements to Juneau-Douglas High School as areas of focus. Becker is the current board president.

Reiger joins Douglas resident, pilot and real estate business owner Jeannie Johnson in the race for Assembly Member Cathy Mu-oz's District 1 seat. Mu-oz said Monday she won't seek re-election.

Environmental assessor and chairman of the Goldbelt board of directors Randy Wanamaker is running for the District 2 Assembly seat. Incumbent District 2 Assembly member John MacKinnon is barred from running again because of term limits.

Urban Bear Committee Chairman Mark Farmer earlier indicated he would run for Assembly against Powell, but said he will make a final decision in the next couple of days now that his committee has been called back to work.

The deadline to file a nominating petition for local office is Aug. 23. The election is Oct. 2.

Joanna Markell can be reached at joannam@juneauempire.com.

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