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Four file for city seats

Anderson, Peterson, Knapp, Schorr to run in city's Oct. 7 election

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Juneau Assembly member Dale Anderson and Juneau School Board member Daniel Peterson filed paperwork with the city Monday to run for the Assembly's District 2 seat.

The filing period for the Oct. 7 election began Monday and ends at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.

Dick Knapp, former commissioner for the state Department of Transportation, is the only candidate for mayor, so far. And Juneau School Board member Alan Schorr filed paperwork to maintain his seat on the school board.

Juneau Mayor Sally Smith has filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, showing an intent to raise campaign funds for the election, but she has not filed certification paperwork with city.

On Monday, Smith said she has not made a decision on whether to run.

Peterson and Anderson gave little information Monday on their official campaign platforms, but both said they would like to see completion of the new high school in the Mendenhall Valley.

Anderson is completing his first term on the Assembly, and Peterson is finishing his first term on the Juneau School Board.

Incumbent Anderson, 54, a financial consultant with Salomon Smith Barney Inc., said there are a number of city projects in the works he would like to see completed.

"In three years we've made a great deal of progress on a number of projects such as the high school and fixed-wing noise abatement and a number of tourism related projects," he said. "It would behoove me to stay around and see that those are completed."

Anderson listed additional parking and covered walkways downtown as projects he would like to pursue if reelected.

Peterson, 20, a University of Alaska Southeast student, said he would work to provide funds to "core areas" such as the Juneau School District.

Peterson is pursuing a bachelor's degree in social science with an emphasis in political science and interning this summer at the state Department of Revenue's Tax Division.

"I'm very interested in sorting out some of the budget issues," he said, but gave no details about which budget issues he would focus on.

Peterson also said he would recommend reevaluation of the city's tax structure. He added that there are "a lot of loopholes in property tax exemptions," but did not cite any examples.

He said he has raised about $1,500 in campaign contributions. Anderson said he has not yet begun fund-raising.

Mayoral candidate Dick Knapp, 74, served as rear admiral for the Coast Guard in Alaska from 1980-84 and commissioner for the state Department of Transportation from 1984-86.

Knapp has been on the state Harbor Board since 2000 and for the last year has served as chairman.

He said a principle component of his campaign will focus on keeping the capital in Juneau.

The periodic capital move threat inhibits private investment in Juneau, Knapp said. He said one of the ways to prevent future capital move initiatives is to build a road connecting Juneau and Skagway.

"One way you get to know people is to meet them," Knapp said. "If they had a road, they would come here to see the capital city."

He said this would help establish Juneau as the capital in the minds of Alaskans who have never visited.

Alan Schorr, 58, has served on the Juneau School Board since 1991. He said he wants to work to ensure higher testing standards of students and completion of the new Valley high school.

"I've been on the project team for the new high school," Schorr said. "I'd like to see this thing finished."

He also said he would push to continue challenging students with meaningful testing standards.

Schorr said this year's election will mark the first time in the school board's history that five of the seven seats on the board were up for election.

"It makes sense to have some people with experience," he said.

No candidates have filed for the Assembly's District 1 seat, but David Stone, vice president for consumer affairs with Alaska Electric Light & Power, said earlier this month that he intends to run.

That seat is now held by Ken Koelsch, who is finishing his second term. Koelsch has not yet filed paperwork with the city or indicated whether he will run.

Timothy Inklebarger can be reached at timothyi@juneauempire.com.



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