Candidate Open House educates hopefuls

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Candidate hopefuls were at the Borough Assembly's Chambers this weekend to learn how to run for office. Clerks from the Borough as well as both the city of Fairbanks and North Pole were there to talk to people about specific positions and the roles that they play. There was also information available for those wanting to run for one of the two available School Board seats.

Current and past local politicians were also at the event. Some in attendance were North Pole Council Member David Skipps, and Fairbanks City Council Member Shoshana Kun. They were there to give their perspective of the election process.

The League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley held presentations to inform the attendees on what goes into an election.

"For several years we've worked with the city and borough clerks to offer information for people who might want to run for local office," said the league's Co-President, Mary Lee Guthrie. "We're trying to make sure there are competitive local races."

The League of Women Voters has been around for nearly 100 years. Their creation coincides with the women's suffrage movement. It was founded in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt. Mary Jean Pe'we' was the first President of the local chapter back in 1964. On top of holding presentations for new candidates, the league also helps individuals get registered to vote.

"The League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley is an organization that encourages people to get out and vote," stated Board Member Ellenmarie Matesi. "It encourages people to express what they believe, in through the vote."

Those wishing to run in this year's Municipal Election can register starting July 15th starting at 8 am. The process ends on July 29th at 5 pm.