It was the third lowest voter turnout in three decades. The local officials selected direct spending of more than $300 million dollars a year and set school district policies.
Jason Hart and Jeff Redmond lost their bids for Juneau School Board to incumbent Andi Story, and newcomers Josh Keaton and Emil Mackey in Tuesday’s election.
The new mayor was the only change to the Juneau Assembly to come out of the elections. Assemblymen Loren Jones and Jerry Nankervis will both retain their seats for second terms.
The better the turnout in Tuesday’s municipal elections, the cheaper the coffee on Wednesday.
About 40 people attended a debate between the candidates for Juneau Assembly on Tuesday. Watch the debate here.
At Monday’s Juneau School Board debate, candidates expressed their opinions on everything from a STEM charter school to a Tlingit immersion program to Planned Parenthood.
One candidate disagreed with the others on approving capital projects piecemeal.
The League of Women Voters held a forum Wednesday evening to vet candidates for Juneau’s borough assembly, mayor and school board.
Most of the candidates expressed concern about college and career readiness, and all of them acknowledged the challenge of attracting teachers and compensating them enough given the high cost of living.
In 72 hours, the capital city went from having just one contested race and zero candidates for a pair of Juneau School Board seats, to having just a single uncontested race.