Juneau Assembly candidates discuss a range of issues during a forum Tuesday night at the KTOO studio. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Juneau Assembly candidates discuss a range of issues during a forum Tuesday night at the KTOO studio. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Watch the 2023 Juneau League of Women Voters forum for Assembly candidates

14 candidates discuss cruise tourism, homelessness, child care and proposed new City Hall.

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Juneau Assembly candidates largely agreed with trying a limit of five cruise ships a day next summer and that there aren’t easy fixes for solving certain issues such as the lack of a warming shelter for people experiencing homelessness this winter.

But the 14 hopefuls seeking four Assembly seats differed widely about a ballot proposition to fund most of a new City Hall, resolving the housing shortage and the city’s spending priorities.

The candidates faced off during a 90-minute forum Tuesday night hosted by the Juneau League of Women Voters, and moderated by media representatives from KTOO, KINY and the Juneau Empire. All of the candidates participated, but some were not present for the entire event.

Full coverage of the debate will be published Wednesday at juneauempire.com.

Another forum featuring the three candidates seeking two seats on the Juneau Board of Education, plus a discussion about the City Hall ballot measure between departing City Manager Rorie Watt speaking in favor and local resident David Ignell speaking in opposition, is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Video of Wednesday’s debate will be available that evening and coverage on Thursday at the Empire’s website. Coverage of both debates will also be published in Saturday’s edition of the Empire.

• Contact Mark Sabbatini at mark.sabbatini@juneauempire.com or (907) 957-2306.

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