Filing period opens for October election

Nominating petitions must be filed at city hall by Monday, August 12 at 4:30 pm.

The filing period for three assembly and two school board seats starts Friday for the October 1 election.

Assembly positions up for election include a district one seat, currently held by Mary Becker; a district two seat, currently held by Karen Crane; and an area-wide assembly member, currently held by Johan Dybdahl. Two school board seats, presently filled by Barbara Thurston and Lisa Worl, are also up for election. These are all three-year terms.

A person interested to run for election must file a nominating petition signed by at least 25 registered voters.

CBJ’s deputy clerk Beth McEwen says, “There’s 50 lines on the petitions so that people can get additional signatures. We always recommend that they get more signatures than the 25 minimum.”

All candidates must be qualified voters and residents of Juneau.

McEwen says being on assembly and school board is a big commitment.

“They’re the decision-making body for the local government so they have to have the time and availability.”

Nominating petitions must be submitted by Monday, August 12 at 4:30 pm. Petitions are available at city hall or online.

McEwen also reminds residents to register to vote or to change voter registration by September 1 in order to participate in the October 1 election.


Becker has already filed for reelection on the assembly. Bill Peters submitted a petition for the area-wide assembly seat, and Thurston and Worl have filed for school board seats.

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