Davis withdraws from Assembly race; Dybdahl unopposed

Posted: Friday, September 03, 2004

Short-time Juneau Assembly candidate Sybil Davis has withdrawn from the race, leaving Planning Commissioner Johan Dybdahl to run unopposed for the at-large seat in the Oct. 5 election.

Davis said she left the campaign to focus on her work.

"When you campaign, you have to read and attend forums. You have to go from door to door. I don't have time to do that now," Davis said.

She is stepping down as executive director of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council this winter. She said she needs to prepare for upcoming events such as this weekend's "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz" and November's Nutcracker ballet.

"When I put my name in, I thought I might be able to do it. But it has become very clear to me that it was unrealistic for me to try," Davis said. "I believe if you don't do the very best job, don't do it."

Dybdahl said he sympathizes.

"Being busy is easy to understand," said Dybdahl, whose company recently developed a cruise ship port in Hoonah. "But that doesn't change anything for me."

In an earlier interview, Davis had said education, enrichment of students' lives and art would be her campaign platforms.

"I know what it means to work hard, and I am able to work well with a wide variety of people," she said, upon filing for election.

The races in Assembly districts 1 and 2 remain contested.

Jeff Bush, executive director of Alaska Public Entity Insurance, is taking on incumbent Jeannie Johnson in District 1.

Moose lodge administrator James Reid is challenging incumbent Randy Wanamaker in District 2.

• I-Chun Che can be reached at ichun.che@juneauempire.com.

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