Two drop out of city race

Withdrawal leaves two Juneau Assembly seats uncontested

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2000

Two candidates for the Juneau Assembly called it quits Wednesday - Teamsters union business agent Tim Sunday and computer technician Sam Dapcevich.

Sunday's withdrawal leaves two of the three Juneau Assembly races uncontested. Incumbent Ken Koelsch is now unopposed in the District 1 race. Small businessman Dale Anderson is the only candidate for the District 2 assembly seat being vacated by its two-term occupant, Dwight Perkins.

Sunday withdrew from the District 1 race, saying he had talked with his opponent Koelsch and found points of agreement.

"Mr. Koelsch and I came to an understanding with regard to all of our concerns and therefore I feel comfortable withdrawing from the campaign," Sunday said.

Building the new high school and upgrading the existing one were among the priorities he and Koelsch shared, Sunday said of a meeting he, Koelsch and assembly member and labor lobbyist Don Etheridge Jr. had Monday.

Sunday declared his intent Aug. 24 to run against Koelsch a customs agent and retired high school teacher saying he "was unhappy with the lack of leadership of the entire assembly."

But during the Monday meeting "these two gentlemen promised to look into more funding sources for the city's Care-A-Van drivers," Sunday said.

Care-A-Van provides bus service to the disabled and elderly through a Catholic Community Service subcontract for the city. Its 10 drivers are Teamsters who earn between $9 and $10 an hour.

Capital Transit drivers, represented by the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, earn an average $20 an hour.

Dapcevich was out of town and could not be reached for comment this morning. His departure from the areawide race leaves the field to real estate consultant PeggyAnn McConnochie and conservationist Marc Wheeler.

Dapcevich said earlier that he did not expect to spend much money on his campaign. McConnochie has said she expects to spend $25,000 on hers.

Four candidates remain in the race for mayor.

One candidate, photojournalist Mark Farmer, has withdrawn twice from city races in the past. On Wednesday, he said he has no intention of doing it this time around.

"(Former mayor) Jamie (Parsons) is a pro-development conservative; (arts consultant) Sally Smith is a moderate, and I don't know what (marketing consultant) Patty Zimmermann is," Farmer said.

"I'm against the road, hard on tourism and support the Peace and Quiet initiative," he said. "I'm in for victory."

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