Long-time political activist Dixie Hood will run as a write-in candidate for the District Two Assembly seat.
Hood filed her paperwork Thursday just before the deadline.
She says she’s been asked by others to run, and since candidate Jerry Nankervis was unopposed, she believes voters should have a choice.
But she has only four days to campaign before Tuesday’s election, and as a write-in candidate, her name will not be on the ballot.
“Because of my time in Juneau since 1975 and involvement in a lot of community issues I thought that my experience and name recognition might help me and be an advantage, and it was worth a try,” she says.
Hood says she will vote for the two ballot measures – one to extend the temporary 1 percent sales tax over five years, the other to sell bonds to pay for various capital improvement projects. She bases her decision on a conversation with CBJ Treasurer Bob Bartholomew.
Hood was in Juneau during the years that Echo Bay Mines was looking at redeveloping the AJ Mine near downtown and recalls the controversy it created. The Assembly may again consider reopening the city asset.
Hood has run unsuccessfully for Juneau Assembly twice. Over the years she has served on various CBJ boards, and is currently on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. She’s also worked on the waterfront development plan, Collaboration Juneau, and transportation issues.
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