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9/30/2019
The lineup

Ketchikan will exercise its right to vote Tuesday.

Polls open at 7 in the morning. They close at 8 in the evening.

The ballot will feature races for Ketchikan Gateway Borough mayor, Assembly seats, School Board positions, and Ketchikan City Council members.

The runners include mayor candidates Rodney Dial, Michelle O’Brien and Syd Hartley, and Assembly competitors Austin Otos, David Landis and Jeremy Bynum.

For the School Board, Bridge Mattson and Jordan Tabb seek a three-year seat. Kathleen Yarr, Leslie Becker, Hilary Kvasnikoff, and Paul Robbins Jr. seek a one-year position.

The contestants for City Council include Lew Williams III, Judy Zenge and Spencer Strassburg.

The borough has two propositions on the ballot — whether to extend the tobacco excise tax and whether to form an Old Dairy Road Service Area.

The city’s propositions number three — whether to prohibit onsite consumption of marijuana, whether to build a fiber optic cable to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to accommodate Ketchikan Public Utilities’ increasing demand for internet bandwidth; and whether to replace water lines and related facilities in the Schoenbar Road area.

Deciding amongst the candidates and on the issues is in the voter’s job description. Let’s do our job.

It will show appreciation to the candidates who’ve come forward in the name of public service. It also conveys respect for the public officials to respond to their call for our input on the issues.

Elections are a team effort. The ball is in the voter’s hands.