Kodiak Daily Mirror - One candidate so far is running in local elections
One candidate so far is running in local elections
by Julie Herrmann
Aug 06, 2014 | 223 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Incumbent David Kaplan 
(James Brooks photo)
Incumbent David Kaplan (James Brooks photo)
With a week and a half left for candidates to sign up to run for 17 seats in the City of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough, only one candidate has signed up so far.

Incumbent assembly member Dave Kaplan has filed to run again for his seat.

The other assembly members up for re-election are Tuck Bonney and Mel Stephens. Bonney has not filed yet, and Stephens will not be filing. He announced at the July 3 assembly meeting that he would not be seeking re-election.

Council members Terry Haines and Randall Bishop are both up for re-election. Neither has filed a declaration of candidacy and no members of the public have signed up either.

Two school board seats are up for re-election as well.

The seats are currently held by Katie Oliver and Jeff Stewart.

In the borough, there are 10 seats on four service area boards and one fire protection board available as well.

Prospective candidates have until Aug. 15 at 4:30 p.m. to file.

“We always encourage people to turn them in as soon as possible,” said City Clerk Debra Marlar.

For assembly and school board seats, candidates must be residents of the borough for at least one year and be qualified voters.

Prospective council candidates must have been a resident of the city for a year and must reside within the city limits.

Prospective area boards must have been a member of the service or fire protection area for at least 30 days.

Both borough and city candidates must get signatures from 10 qualified voters before filing.

It’s the signatures that can lead to problems.

“Oftentimes we can’t match what’s on the petition with what’s on the voter list and if it’s not a match, it can’t be accepted,” Marlar said. “If people will turn them in ahead of time, it gives them an opportunity to go out and get more signatures, whereas if they wait to the last minute, their petition may get denied.”

Interested candidates can pick up application packets at the city and borough clerks’ offices. Both are located in the borough building on Upper Mill Bay Road.

The elections are on Oct. 7.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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