By Amanda Bohman firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRBANKS — By the time the window closed at the borough clerk’s office on Monday, the last day to file for local office, two more people had filed but five of 13 local races remained uncontested.
Borough Assemblyman Lance Roberts and Fairbanks Councilman Perry Walley are running for re-election on Oct. 6 unchallenged.
So are two members of the Board of Education, Lisa Gentry and Heidi Haas.
Another Fairbanks City Council seat had only one person, Joy Huntington, file.
In North Pole, two City Council seats had no one file, the clerk there said Monday.
Conversely, the race for Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor drew four candidates and both seats on the public gas utility’s board of directors are contested with one race drawing two challengers.
Here is the list of people to file for local office in the 2015 municipal election.
All of the candidates are unofficial until their qualifications are checked by the respective municipal clerks, which will happen in the coming days.
A fourth candidate joined the Borough Mayor’s race on Monday.
Cory Jackman, who listed no occupation on his financial disclosure statement, filed for the borough’s top job.
Also seeking the office are parks-and-recreation-director-turned-assemblyman Karl Kassel, North Pole legislator Tammie Wilson and Robert Shields, who also listed no occupation on his filing paperwork.
Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins is prevented from running for a third term because of term limits.
While no one filed to challenge Roberts for Assembly Seat G, incumbents Van Lawrence and Kathryn Dodge both drew challengers.
For Seat A, Lawrence, an attorney, faces Two Rivers businessman Dennis Alexander.
For Seat F, Dodge, an assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is being challenged by disc jockey Paul Doak.
Gentry, a vice president at Key Bank, is running unchallenged for re-election to Seat A on the Board of Education.
Haas, deputy director of the Alaska Center for Children and Adults, is running unchallenged for re-election to Seat B.
Interior Alaska Natural Gas Utility Board
Consultant Nadine Winters drew two opponents, ironworker Lance Nelson and real estate broker Pamela Throop, on the Interior Gas Utility or IGU board.
Michael Meeks, the public works director on Fort Wainwright, is also seeking to maintain his appointment to the board. His opponent is project manager Clark Milne.
Fairbanks City Council
City Council Seats A and B each have one candidate running. Walley is seeking re-election to Seat B, while Huntington has filed for Seat A.
Seat A incumbent Renee Staley previously indicated that she wouldn’t seek re-election.
Walley is general manager of Last Frontier Mediactive, while Huntington is a consultant.
North Pole races
Only one person, Bryce Ward, filed for office in this city of about 2,200 people located about 14 miles southeast of Fairbanks.
Ward, a contractor, is running for re-election to the office of city mayor.
As for the two City Council seats for which no one filed, municipal clerk Kathy Weber said that if no one mounts a write-in campaign, the council would fill them by appointment.
Contact staff writer Amanda Bohman at 459-7587.