UPDATE: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Amanda Ryder withdrew from the school board race. Read more here
City Clerk Beth McEwen for the City and Borough of Juneau declared the application period for candidates for the vacant Assembly and Juneau Board of Education seats closed Monday afternoon.
There were four candidates for four Assembly seats, and five candidates for the two school board seats. Amanda Ryder has since withdrawn, leaving four candidates on the field for school board.
“I’m excited. I think it’ll be good,” said Ryder. “I have a granddaughter in the schools so I want to see them do well.”
The application period to get certified and appear on the ballot is now over. People may apply to be a write-in candidate until five days before the election. The requirements to be elected as a write-in candidate are the same as the formal candidates; a write-in candidate must be a resident in the area they’re running for the last year, and they must be a registered voter who is not restricted from voting.
With four seats and four candidates for the Assembly, it’s likely that those names on the ballots will be elected directly, barring a win by a write-in candidate. The most important decision there will be whether Alicia Hughes-Skandijs or Greg Smith gets more votes. This will decide who gets the three-year seat and who gets the one-year seat.
“I hope I can be a good representative, a good listener, and a good voice for the people’s issues,” said Smith as he submitted his candidacy paperwork.
The school board elections will be somewhat more fraught. With five candidates and two seats, there will be winners and losers in the election. These two seats are not geographically restricted, like most of the Assembly seats, and both are for three-year terms.
“Welcome to the fray,” City Manager Rorie Watt said.
Election day will be on Oct. 1. Polls will open at 7 a.m.
City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Candidates
Assembly Areawide – One open seat (three-year term)
Assembly District One – Two open seats (One for a three-year term and one for a one-year term)
Assembly District Two – One open seat (three-year term)
Juneau Board of Education Candidates
Emil Robert Mackey III
Amanda Ryder (Withdrawn)
Martin Stepetin Sr.
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