Group forms to support North Pole mayor

Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010

FAIRBANKS - North Pole Mayor Doug Isaacson is getting help as he tries to fend off a recall effort.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a group has formed to defend Isaacson, the subject of an Oct. 5 recall vote.

Daphne Hofschulte is listed as the chairwoman for Support North Pole Mayor Isaacson: Oppose the Recall. It has registered with the Alaska Public Offices Commission and is eligible to raise money.

"I believe Doug is an honest person. He's certainly not perfect, but he's a honest person," said Hofschulte, a retired school teacher and former neighbor of Isaacson. "We've been real pleased with the direction the city has gone."

City Councilwoman Dianna Lindhag and insurance agent Tammy Randolph are leaders of the recall group.

The group claims Isaacson violated North Pole municipal code by failing to collect sales taxes from Dahlman's, a defunct restaurant. Members also claim Isaacson misused personal leave, abused city credit card privileges and disposed of steel sidewalk shelters without city council approval.

Isaacson, responding to the accusations, said he provided the steel sidewalk shelters to an Eagle Scout for a city beautification project.

The owner of Dahlman's had made special arrangements on sales tax payments under the previous mayor, according to Isaacson.

"Allegations I cashed out leave without authorization from the City Council inaccurately represents my conduct," Isaacson stated in his response, which is printed on the North Pole sample ballot. "It was an end-of-year timing issue with an accountant no longer in city employment."

Isaacson narrowly won re-election last year and is serving his second term.

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