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EDITOR, Daily News:
Candidate for borough mayor Michelle O'Brien describes the incumbent of the position as, “our spokesperson, our biggest lobbyist, the one who needs to have the mindset to build a diverse team to get things done. One who builds consensus. One who can listen and reflect on all aspects of an issue and lead our community forward to benefit and protect individuals, businesses and industry.”
It is a fair description, and certainly Michelle fills the bill. Over the course of a decade she has thoroughly imbedded herself in the daily life of our town, sharing our dreams, and learning about our institutions, businesses and us through her day-to-day participation with us in our lives.
As host of Live in Ketchikan and ancillary shows on KPU-TV such as Celebrity Chef, Hometown Heroes, and In the Spotlight, Michelle produced over 282 local interest stories, ranging from interviews with Ketchikan pioneers and Native leaders to the model railroad in my basement. Under her leadership, KPU-TV has won awards like best in the nation for local public television by spotlighting our local businesses, industries and residents.
Michelle is general manager of three local commercial radio stations. Through hundreds of interviews with Ketchikan leaders and involved local citizens, she has broadened the public's interest and involvement in local government and community issues.
The knowledge and experience Michelle has acquired through her media and business roles has transferred directly into her public service. She knows how to budget for both government and private enterprise. Michelle has been elected three times to the School Board, and twice elevated by her fellow board members to board president.
Michelle is actively involved in over a dozen local organizations, including the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. She is an active member of Rotary, past president of First City Rotary and formed district governor for Alaska and the Yukon.
I am proud to support Michelle O'Brien for borough mayor.