Sybil Davis is back in race, now as write-in

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Sybil Davis is back in the race for Juneau Assembly because she said friends and supporters wanted her to run as a write-in.

With her registration Tuesday, she rejoins the race against Johan Dybdahl for an at-large Assembly seat, though she will not appear on the ballot.

Davis withdrew from the race Sept. 2 to focus on her job as executive director of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. But her friends started a campaign last week to urge people to vote for her. Their votes wouldn't count unless Davis filed a letter of intent with the city clerk's office.

After talking to friends and City Clerk Laurie Sica, Davis filed the letter Tuesday.

"People want to write my name on the ballot. I respect that," Davis, 57, said. "I am willing to serve if elected."

Dybdahl said he welcomes Davis back in the election.

"My friends have warned me of the possibility that somebody might join the race as a write-in candidate at the last minute," Dybdahl said. "It's OK. I feel fine about it. The more, the merrier."

Davis said she will still refrain from any political campaigning even though the election is only a week away.

"I withdrew from the election because I didn't have time to run a good campaign. I am not working on a very big write-in campaign, either, for the same reason," Davis said.

Davis' supporters will need to spell her name accurately on the ballots. The city clerk's office rejects write-in votes that have the candidate's initials only, first name only or correct last name with incorrect first name or initials.

Sica said she doesn't recall any candidate who withdrew from a race and came back as a write-in before.

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