Candidate 'speed-dating' event slated

Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009

If you've been curious what it would be like to date a politician, you'll get your chance Friday.

Elevate Alaska, an organization that describes itself as a nonpartisan group of young Alaska leaders who strive to elevate public dialogue, has organized a candidate speed-dating event at the Silverbow Inn downtown from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The event is targeted toward Juneau residents ages 18 to 40.

"One of the goals is just to find new and different ways of engaging with your public official or candidates," said organizer Nils Andreassen. "This is an informal, intimate chance to get to know people."

Attendees will rotate in small groups between candidates, spending four minutes with each one.

Those attending include Assembly District 1 candidates David Stone and Karen Lawfer, Assembly District 2 candidates Ruth Danner and Stephanie Madsen, mayoral candidate Mark Farmer and a representative of Mayor Bruce Botelho, Juneau School Board candidate and president Mark Choate, and school board candidates Mary Marks and Bill Peters.

Sen. Dennis Egan and a representative of Rep. Beth Kerttula also will attend.

Gubernatorial candidate Bob Poe will call in, Andreassen said.

The group also has planned similar events this week in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Petersburg.

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