By Leigh Armstrong

Mayor Andrew Cremata is running unopposed in the Oct. 1 municipal election, as are two candidates for school board.

The borough assembly has two seats open, with three candidates vying for the spots. Orion Hanson is seeking re-election, with Dustin Stone and Sam Bass also filing for assembly. The top two vote-getters will win the seats. Incumbent Tim Cochran is not seeking re-election. 

The school board has two seats open, with Jaime Bricker seeking re-election and Chezare Leipold vying for a seat too. Unless a write-in candidate polls more votes, both Bricker and Leipold will win election. The top vote-getter will win a three-year term, with the two-year term going to the second-place finisher.

Cremata won a special election in March to fill the unexpired term of Monica Carlson, who died last December while vacationing in Washington, D.C. Cremata is running for a two-year term.

Candidate filing closed Aug. 12, though write-in campaigns are allowed for candidates not on the ballot. Write-in candidates must file their letter of intent with the borough clerk by Sept. 27.

Carlson won a write-in campaign for mayor in 2017.

The deadline to register to vote in the Oct. 1 election is Sept. 1. Persons may register at the state elections website elections.alaska.gov or visit or call the borough clerk’s office at 983-9706. 

In-person absentee voting opens Sept. 16, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Sept. 20.