Another candidate is entering the municipal election fray in Juneau.
Paul Nowlin said Monday that he’s collecting signatures and intends to file for Juneau Assembly once the filing period opens on August 3rd.
The 35-year-old Petro Marine office manager says he wants to give back to the community where he grew up. He says he’s not pushing any agenda or platform, besides doing the people’s business.
“What I really want to do is set up a website and get a feel for what everyone in Juneau what their opinions are, rather than go in with my own intentions,” Nowlin says. “My only intention is to spend efficiently, look for ways to save money and try and get the taxes down, if that’s an option.”
This will be Nowlin’s first run for elected office. On Monday he filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, allowing him to begin raising campaign funds.
As a resident of the Lemon Creek neighborhood, Nowlin will be vying for the District 1 Assembly seat currently held by Deputy Mayor David Stone, who can’t run again due to term limits. Loren Jones, who lost a bid for Assembly last year, previously announced plans to run for the same seat. District 1 includes downtown Juneau out to the airport area, and Douglas Island.
On Saturday, Retired Juneau Police Captain Jerry Nankervis announced his candidacy for the District 2 seat on this year’s ballot. Incumbent Ruth Danner announced last week that she would not be seeking reelection after one term representing the district, which includes the Mendenhall Valley and out the road.
Besides Nowlin, Jones and Nankervis, former assembly member Merrill Sanford has announced that he’s running for mayor.
There also will be three school board seats on this fall’s ballot.
The filing period for the municipal election is August 3-13th. Election Day is October 2nd.
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