—Posted by Matt Buxton, staff writer
Candidate filings for local elections closes today, setting the stage for the Oct. 2 municipal elections.
Filings for the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the City of Fairbanks will close at 4:30 p.m. and, so far, it’s a much less crowded field than in recent years.
There are three candidates for borough mayor: incumbent Mayor Luke Hopkins, former Doyon executive Norm Phillips and North Pole resident Robert Morris. Three years ago there were six candidates in the mayoral race, which led to a run-off election between Hopkins and Rep. Tammie Wilson.
There’s still a few hours before the filing deadline, though, and candidates have been known to file in the very last minutes. That might explain the sparse filings for the three open assembly seats.
Lance Roberts, who filed for Assembly Seat G, currently has no opposition. And the two other seats only have two candidates filed. Former Assemblyman Joe Blanchard is facing off with Van Lawrence, both of whom lost in their bids for the assembly last year. Kathryn Dodge is set to face off against Gregg “Rocky” MacDonald.
There are also no incumbents in the races. Assemblymembers Mike Musick and Nadine Winters reached their term limit, and Assemblyman Matt Want has indicated he won’t seek a second term.
The Fairbanks City Council is also shaping up to be a quiet race. There are two open city council seats, Seat A and Seat B, and neither incumbent has filed for reelection.
For Seat A, David Lerman and Tim Sovde have filed. In Seat B, Nicholas “Monkey” Bowen and Perry Walley have filed.