There may have been lower voter turnout for the primary elections, held on August 16, but there is competition ahead in the upcoming municipal elections.
Three candidates filed to run for assembly are: Tim Cochran, who has served two three-year terms on the assembly, Orion Hanson, who is currently the chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission and works as a general contractor, and real estate developer David Brena, who filled Monday afternoon just shy of the 5 p.m. deadline.
Both Spencer Morgan and Tim Cochran’s seats are up this term. But with Dan Henry’s recent legal troubles, Skagway residents have been weighing in on if he should step down before his term is over in 2017.
“I applaud your volunteer (work) in so many committees and clubs in Skagway, “ said Bob Carlson in a recent Borough Assembly meeting.
“Your volunteerism doesn’t buy my permission for you to represent me. You were elected to the Assembly and ironically appointed to the position of Finance Chairman. I expect you to represent the citizens and me and the citizens of Skagway in a responsible manner that reflect our laws and honesty. I didn’t see an apology to Skagway for a loss of faith,” he added.
“I think that you should tender your resignation. I don’t want to conflate volunteerism with the ability to represent the community. You failed me, and our community too. I don’t think you should represent me. Your tax problems began about 10 years ago,” Carlson said.
Nola Lamken had a completely different opinion. She spoke in the same meeting saying: “I’m not going to get on my moral high horse here… I want to thank you for all for all your dedicated years of service. And I think we’ve gained immensely from your financial knowledge, and you’re human weaknesses didn’t get in the way of that … I think you’ve given way beyond and up and above your call of duty. And Mayor Shaffer, I thought your quote in the paper was very tactful.”
Also on the October 4 ballot will be two candidates for Skagway School Board.
Incumbent Darren Belisle, who has served on the school board since 2002 and Jaime Bricker, who is president of the Skagway Traditional Council and works for White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.
The primary election on August 16 saw about 10 percent of local voters show up to cast their ballots. Incumbents Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don Young will be on the November General Election ballot, along with Sam Kito III, who ran uncontested in District 33.