Seven candidates are certified to run for two open Juneau School Board seats, and two more candidates are awaiting certification of their paperwork, city officials said today.
Thursday was the deadline to file to run for the School Board and three open seats on the Juneau Assembly in the Oct. 1 city election. Seven candidates have filed for the Assembly.
In the School Board race, Louise Cornwall, Will Muldoon, and Bonn Trinidad joined certified candidates former Juneau School District superintendent Bob Van Slyke, state Health and Human Services special assistant Julie Morris, Catholic youth minister Jeremy Kerr, and Tyler Rental manager Steve Kikendall.
Attorney Sheldon Winters and high-school student Carl Brodersen have completed petitions and if they meet all the additional requirements will be certified later today, said City Clerk Laurie Sica.
Cornwall is a respite worker at REACH. She was working in the field and not available for comment this morning.
Muldoon, like Brodersen, is 18 and a student at Juneau-Douglas High School. He will be a fifth-year senior because he needs more credits to graduate. Muldoon moved to Juneau from New Jersey in 1996 with his parents, who are in the Coast Guard. He said he is running because he is interested in politics, partly because of his experience during his freshman year helping with Juneau state Sen. Kim Elton's campaign.
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He said that early in his high school career he didn't take school seriously and sometimes skipped class, leading him to fail some courses. He said dealing with the consequences of that has helped him grow up and given him insight into students' lives, which he thinks will bring needed a perspective to the School Board.
"I think that education needs to be more individualized, maybe truancy needs to be more regulated," he said.
Trinidad, 55, is a postal worker and father of six who was born in Manila in the Philippines. He has been working for the Postal Service since 1985.
Trinidad said he taught English, Spanish and special education in the Philippines and has been involved with the Juneau Citizen's Patrol, which assists the police, and the Filipino Community in Juneau. His children, the oldest of whom is 30, have gone to school in Juneau. He would like to bring teachers from the Philippines at a lower salary, he said, to help with teacher shortages and to cut district costs.
"I always push my children to have a very good education, so they can have a very good future," he said. "With my experiences, I would like to serve the public, and share my talents and energies."
The city clerk's office is holding Brodersen's application awaiting his voter status. Brodersen registered to vote on Thursday, according to his campaign spokesman, Mike James.
Winters, 42, is an attorney who grew up in Southeast. A family member died this week and Winters was not available for comment today. According to his wife, Stephanie Winters, he still plans to run. Winters lives with his wife and his two grade school-age children. The city clerk's office was holding his petition pending certification that he had filed the appropriate paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. He has until four days after the end of the filing period Thursday to file his paperwork with APOC, said Sica.
In the Assembly race, business-owner Chuck Collins has filed to run against incumbent Marc Wheeler for the areawide seat. Juneau Planning Commissioner Merrill Sanford will challenge incumbent Frankie Pillifant for the District 1 seat. School Board member Stan Ridgeway and counselor Dixie Hood will compete with incumbent Don Etheridge for the District 2 seat.
For more information on School Board and Assembly candidates, visit the Juneau elections Web site at http://www.juneau.org/clerk/elections.
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