KETCHIKAN (KDN) — It's election day, with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, City of Ketchikan and City of Saxman regular municipal elections to be decided.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Borough voters, including those who reside within City of Ketchikan and City of Saxman, can vote on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly and Ketchikan School Board races, in addition to voting on the two propositions on the borough ballot.
Five candidates are competing for two open seats on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly: Darlene d-Svenson, Jason Button, Grant EchoHawk, Carlos Weimer and Jaimie Palmer. Both seats carry three-year terms.
The candidates' responses to a Daily News candidate forum can be found on the Daily News website at bit.ly/3BpXxFP.
Ketchikan School Board
Another five candidates are running for the three open seats on the Ketchikan School Board: Nicole Anderson (incumbent), Keenan Sanderson, Tom Heutte, Ali Ginter and Stephen Bradford. Each seat carries a three-year term.
The candidates' responses to a Daily News candidate forum can be found on the Daily News website at bit.ly/3FszEjl.
Borough ballot propositions
Proposition 1, if approved, would indefinitely extend an existing 5% special sales tax on marijuana and marijuana products throughout the borough. The borough currently collects between $75,000 and $100,000 annually from the special sales tax, which is paid in addition to the borough's 2.5% general sales tax.
Proposition 2 would authorize the borough to issue $6.6 million in bonds to finance improvements to Norman Walker Field, Upper and Lower Drency Dudley Field and the field at Houghtaling Elementary School. The bonds would be paid back over a 20-year period. The borough currently does not anticipate needing to establish new taxes to finance the bond payments.
Additional information about the ballot propositions and the borough election can be found in the borough's voter information pamphlet at kgbak.us/172/elections.
City of Ketchikan
Registered voters who reside within the City of Ketchikan may participate in the City of Ketchikan regular election, which this year includes the Ketchikan city mayor position and two seats on the Ketchikan City Council. All seats are three-year terms.
Dave Kiffer is the sole candidate for Ketchikan city mayor.
Jai Mahtani, Janalee Gage (incumbent) and Lallette Kistler are the candidates listed on the ballot for the two City Council seats. Bronson Olson has registered as a write-in candidate for the City Council.
Additional information about the City of Ketchikan election can be found on the city website at www.ktn-ak.us/electionsvoting.
City of Saxman
Registered voters who reside within the City of Saxman may participate in the City of Saxman regular election.
Three 3-year seats — Seats 1, 3 and 5 — are available in the City of Saxman election.
The sole candidates on the City of Saxman ballot are the incumbents in those seats; Frank Seludo for Seat 1, Rick Makua for Seat 3 and Billy Joe Thomas for Seat 5.
There are seven polling places across the island:
• Ketchikan No. 1, located at the Gateway Recreation Center at 601 Schoenbar Road.
• Ketchikan No. 2, located at The Plaza mall at 2417 Tongass Ave.
• Ketchikan No. 3, located at the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry terminal at 3501 Tongass Ave.
• North Tongass No. 1, located at North Tongass Fire Station 6 at 7550 North Tongass Hwy.
• North Tongass No. 2, located at North Tongass Fire Station 8 at 13110 North Tongass Hwy.
• Saxman, located at the Saxman Community Center at 2841 South Tongass Hwy.
• South Tongass, located at the South Tongass Alliance Church at 376 Old Homestead Road.
Each polling center serves a different voting precinct on the island. Voters can find their precinct information at myvoterinformation.alaska.gov.
— Compiled by Daily News staff writers Sam Stockbridge and Scott Bowlen.