Municipal election filing period opens Friday

The candidate filing period for Juneau Assembly and Board of Education opens Friday.

Juneau voters will elect a Mayor, two Assembly members and three School Board members at the October 2nd Regular Municipal Election, all for three-year terms.

Nominating petition forms for those seats are available in the Municipal Clerk’s office and City Clerk Laurie Sica calls the nominating petition procedure simple.

“The person has to give us all their information on how to contact them and they sign a statement that says they agree to serve if they’re elected,” she says. “They have 25 registered voters sign the petitions and we encourage people to get several more signatures than 25 just in case we can’t recognize handwriting, or somebody’s moved and we can’t verify their voting status. But they have to be signatures of registered voters within the city and borough of Juneau.”

Candidates also must fill out financial disclosure forms to be filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

To run for municipal office, a person must be qualified to vote in state and local elections, be at least 18 years old, and have lived in the city and borough for at least 30 days before the election. Assembly candidates must have lived within the city for at least one year. Candidates for District 1 and District 2 candidates must reside in the district from which they plan to run.

The filing period closes August 13.

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