Because the airwaves aren’t saturated with political ads like they were last fall, you may not have noticed that municipal campaign season is actually in full swing. A glance at my calendar, which is loaded with various candidate forums (not all of which I can attend), confirms that fact.
Editor’s note: for the first time in the storied history of this blog, this post is authored by someone other than yours truly. Tessa Bay is a senior at Service high school in their Seminar program. As part of that program she chose to mentor with me to learn more about local government. Other than using questionable judgment in selecting mentors, Tessa is an outstanding young woman who will certainly accomplish great things in her life. As a first step, here’s her perspective on the Service high school bond proposal, which will appear on the April 5 ballot.
With the passing of Friday’s filing deadline for the April 5 election the question of who, and what, will appear on the ballot is set. Among other things I decided to ask my neighbors for the privilege of a second term representing the neighborhoods of Downtown, Fairview, Government Hill, Mountain View and South Addition, and I’ve drawn two opponents.
If you’re afflicted with an unfortunate addiction to following local politics you’ve likely noticed a recent series of op-ed pieces and letters to the editor regarding something with the impressive-sounding title of the “Taxpayer Protection Act.” Unfortunately for the authors of these missives, the charter amendment in question would be more correctly dubbed the “So-called Conservative Clumsy Electioneering Effort of 2011.” To understand why, a little background is in order.
If you’ll indulge me a bit, I’d like to divert away from Assembly business for a moment and report an exciting development in the race for the Anchorage School Board; my good friend Gretchen Guess filed her letter of intent this week. We haven’t talked about it but I’m guessing she’ll seek Seat D, currently held by School Board President John Steiner, who is serving his third term and cannot run again.
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