Candidates for Petersburg’s Borough Election will have to disclose their sources of income, business interests and other basic financial information when they file for office. That’s a State of Alaska requirement and it’s not new. However, it may be NEWS to many people in Petersburg, which is one of a number of smaller towns where voters chose to opt-out of the disclosure laws decades ago. Since then, local candidates and office-holders have been exempt from the disclosure rules. For instance, Petersburg’s city council candidates only have to turn in a petition to run for office. Voters in a future Petersburg borough could choose to opt-out as well, but that hasn’t happened yet.
So at least this time around, borough candidates will have to declare their financial interests on-line or on paper, just like candidates for the legislature. That’s according to the Division of Elections and the Alaska Public Offices Commission.