Karla Hart is dropping her bid for Juneau Assembly.
Hart was going to be one of five candidates for Assembly District 2 on the Oct. 7 municipal election ballot. But she withdrew from the race Tuesday, saying she’ll support Joshua Warren for the seat.
Hart says she and Warren share a common vision for Juneau’s future. She also thinks the 31-year-old can be a voice for millennials on the Assembly.
“I run into millennials who are doing amazing things, and who are approaching problems in new ways,” says Hart, who’s 54. “And I think that they are going to be the ones who are going to bear the fruit or the burden of the decisions that are made by the Assembly now.”
With Hart leaving the race, the candidates for Assembly District 2 are Warren, Debbie White, Kory Hunt and David Fox. The seat is currently held by Assemblyman Randy Wannamaker, who’s not seeking re-election.
Juneau’s municipal election also features a three-way race for areawide Assembly between Norton Gregory, Maria Gladziszewski and Tony Yorba. That seat’s currently held by Carlton Smith, who’s stepping down after serving one term.
Jesse Kiehl is unopposed in his bid for re-election to an Assembly District 1 seat.
Juneau voters cast ballots for all assembly seats, regardless of where the voter lives. District 1 includes downtown, Douglas Island, Lemon Creek and the Juneau Airport area. District 2 encompasses the Mendenhall Valley and out the road.
- The mayor of Juneau was found dead in his home Monday afternoon. Greg Fisk, 70, was elected to the city’s top office in October and was sworn in only five weeks ago.
- In a press conference in Paris, Obama said that climate change is probably the hardest kind of problem for politicians to solve, yet despite the hurdles, he's optimistic.
- Alaska health officials say tests have again confirmed that Alaska seafood has not been tainted by the Fukushima nuclear disaster four years ago.
- One researcher is using citizen scientists to map jellyfish blooms around the world.