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8/27/2013
Choices

Voters in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough have at least two decisions to make on Oct. 1; those who live inside the City of Ketchikan have two more.

When the filing period for local office closed at noon on Monday, we are pleased to report that nine people had filed for six available seats on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, Ketchikan City Council, and Ketchikan School Board.

All of the terms are for three years.

Here’s what the ballot will look like for borough, outside-city residents:

• Borough Assembly: There are three candidates for two seats. Incumbents Alan Bailey and Bill Rotecki would like to retain their positions; John Harrington would like to hold one of them. Voters will choose two.

• Ketchikan School Board: There are three candidates for two seats. Board President Ginny Clay is not seeking re-election. Incumbent David Timmerman is; he, Trevor Shaw and Camille Booth all will be in the Oct. 1 ballot. Voters will choose two.

Inside the city, voters will decide those races, but that’s not all. They have another slate of candidates to study.

• Ketchikan City Council: There are three candidates for two seats. Incumbents Dick Coose and Matt Olsen want to retain their seats; Judy Zenge would like to fill one of those seats. City voters will choose two.

But they won’t be done with that. City voters also will decide Proposition 1, which will ask voters to say yes or no to up to $43 million in 30-year construction bonds to expand and upgrade Ketchikan Medical Center. The intention is for the bonds to be funded wholly by an existing 1-percent hospital sales tax.

Plenty of things to think about, in the city and out. But for now, we owe thanks to the nine people who are giving us voters a choice. Feels good.