Wade Bryson is running for reelection to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Wade Bryson is running for reelection to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Get to know a candidate: Wade Bryson

He’s running for reelection to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly.

Ahead of the Oct. 4 municipal election, the Empire is also partnering with the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization that does not endorse parties nor candidates. Candidate bios and answers questions that the league developed will appear online as well as in editions of the Empire. In cooperation with the Empire, KINY and KTOO, the league will hold a virtual candidate forum at 7 p.m. on Sept.14.

My name is Wade Bryson and I’ve been married to my wife Christine for 19 years. We raised 5 children thru every level of the Juneau school district. My wife and I co own the local Subway restaurant and a residential rental company. I’m also a partner with the Juneau Bike Doctor. I’ve hosted Problem Corner for 13 years. I have served as the chair of the PWFC and currently serve on the Glory Hall board.

How will you as an Assembly member move the second channel crossing to completion in a timely and cost-effective manner, and where do you anticipate funding will come from?

It will take forces outside Juneau to accomplish this task. I’m in favor of the project but I’m not optimistic about the outcome.

How can we keep our community hospital commercially viable with increasing competition and regulatory challenges?

Juneau could become a medical and hospital destination with all the services that are provided here. Proper and effective hospital leadership will be required.

What are your thoughts on the petition repealing the ordinance requiring new property owners to disclose their purchase price to the Assessor’s Office?

I warned the Assembly about the back lash and tried to offer an alternative. I believe the repeal will be successful.

How would you address rising costs and limited availability of groceries and other goods with supply chain issues?

As a city we cannot control costs directly. What we can do is create an environment that is conducive to business growth.

What ideas do you have to increase the livability of Juneau for current and prospective new residents?

We are using every tool available to increase housing. This is the most pressing issue negatively impacting new and current residents.

What is the most important community need the Assembly must address?

Trash, the disposal and final placement is a looming problem that will only get worse with time.

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