Candidate withdraws from school board race

Four candidates remain for the two vacant seats

One of the five candidates running for a school board seat has withdrawn her application.

Juneau Board of Education candidate Amanda Ryder has withdrawn from the upcoming election, City and Borough of Juneau Clerk Beth McEwen said in a release Wednesday.

“I was prepared to spend money and run if there were three candidates in the race,” Ryder said in a phone call Thursday. “I was not interested in running in a field that crowded.”

That means four candidates remain for two vacant seats. Those candidates are Martin Stepetin Sr., Emil Robert Mackey III, Bonnie Jensen and Deedie Sorensen.

“I think they’re all good candidates,” Ryder said cheerfully, but added that she was not prepared to endorse a candidate.

The election will be on Oct. 1.

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