Southeast has its say on redistricting
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Alaska Redistricting Board Chairman John Torgerson, right, and member PeggyAnn McConnachie, left, listen as Dennis DeWitt speaks during a Juneau public hearing Tuesday. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld,CoastAlaska.
Haines and Skagway should be in the same election district as Juneau. The Capital City’s Mendenhall Valley wants to stay on its own. Petersburg doesn’t want to be split up. And the whole redistricting process has been a boondoggle.
That’s some of what Southeast Alaska residents – plus a few others – told the Alaska Redistricting Board during a hearing Tuesday in the capital city.
A dozen and a half redistricting plans, some from the board and others from communities, corporations and political groups – are at issue.
It’s part of the process of redrawing election district lines under orders from the Alaska Supreme Court.
Here are some of those comments, beginning with Juneau’s Paulette Simpson. She supports keeping downtown Juneau and Douglas Island aligned with Skagway.
The session followed meetings in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
The board’s next step is to choose a plan – or create a new one – for use in the 2014 elections.
Voters have just one contested race this October in Petersburg when it comes to candidates for local office. Tuesday, August 23 was the filing deadline for candidates for 19 available seats on the borough assembly and other elected boards and commissions. 15 people filed the paperwork in time to run for one of those seats and the other positions remain vacant and could be filled later by appointment. more
Two of three men involved in a Christmas Eve burglary in Petersburg were sentenced to jail time Tuesday, August 23. 27-year-old Taylor Homer and 21-year-old Anthony Sainz both appeared in separate hearings before superior court judge William Carey at the Petersburg court house Tuesday. The men were accused of breaking into a warehouse at Hungerford Hill, south of downtown Petersburg, and stealing a pickup truck, tires, tools and nine guns on Christmas Eve of 2015. more