Kathryn Dodge

Former House District 1 candidate Kathryn Dodge has filed to run for Fairbanks city mayor against incumbent Jim Matherly and newcomer Lakesha Jordan in the Oct. 1 election. Dodge announced her intention to run mid-May.

In a statement released after her filing Monday morning, Dodge noted that she believes Fairbanks needs “new energy.”

“I believe that Fairbanks is stalled out and our community needs new energy and leadership,” Dodge said in a statement Monday. “We need ideas and experience that can restart Fairbanks. This includes supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses that bring new ideas, energy and investment to our downtown; putting in place opportunities for exchange with our military community members — people working on leading-edge technology like the F-35 — so their knowledge comes off the base and inspires new high-tech businesses and jobs.

“We must also focus on creating and maintaining a high quality of life so that our young people want to stay here and others want to move here,” she said. “We have lots to do.”

Dodge is a longtime resident of downtown Fairbanks and a former six-year member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, including two years as presiding officer. She lost the House District 1 race in the November election by one vote to Republican Bart LeBon.

Matherly announced his bid for reelection in a Jan. 11 Facebook post. Matherly and Jordan filed their election paperwork last week. The filing period for all local offices closes at 5 p.m. Monday.

The city mayor serves a three year term.

Contact staff writer Erin McGroarty at 459-7544. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.

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