FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) This is the third time Frank Turney has run for Fairbanks City Mayor. He is a self-proclaimed conscious awareness candidate and says he cares more about the issues he talks about and less about getting into office.
This is the third time Frank Turney has run for Fairbanks City Mayor. He is a self-proclaimed conscious awareness candidate and says he cares more about the issues he talks about and less about getting into office. (Andrew Hawkins/KTVF)
“I’ll take your vote," began Turney. "If they really believe what I’m talking. I would hope, that some of my issues can rub off. That’s really important to me.”
The issue he spoke the most about, was supporting the exoneration of Schaeffer Cox. In 2012, Cox was convicted on nine felony counts connected to the conspiracy to commit murder of federal officials. A federal appeals court overturned his murder solicitation conviction but his other charges still stand. Turney says Cox deserves to be set free.
"Schaeffer Cox has been laboring in eight and a half years in one of the most notorious prisons, Terre Haute in Indiana," said Turney. "There are people out here that have enough information to exonerate Schaeffer. In November he comes up for resentencing. That's done by a federal judge down in Washington. Let's just hope that he can cut his sentence down and free him."
Turney is also passionate about more nonlethal force options being added to the Fairbanks Police Department.
"We've got too many natives that have been killed here in Fairbanks by police officers," stated Turney. "I'm not saying to take the fire-power away from the police, but there is so much technology here today, across the country."
One suggestion he has made is adding rubber-bullet guns into FPD's arsenal. Turney says his ideas will be discussed later on this month in a work group meeting. Fairbanks Police Chief Nancy Reeder is said to be a part of that meeting. Turney says he has already helped make policing safer in Fairbanks.
"I said 'Where's the Tasers' because they were using too much excessive force," said Turney. "I asked the city council 'Where are the Tasers,' and guess what happened, one Taser was there. Amongst all the police there, there was a defunct one in the garage, it was broke. Today, they all wear Tasers because of Frank Turney."
Turney says he is not impressed by the current city council.
"I don't think we have a fair balance," began Turney. "I think we need more leadership than our previous mayor. These guys are swearing to uphold the constitution and Alaska's constitution, I don't even think they know what that oath means."
Turney says he has many more ideas for Fairbanks and plans to keep being an active voice in the community.
Turney is running against Lakesha Jordan, incumbent Jim Matherly and Kathryn Dodge.
CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article it was stated that Schaeffer Cox was convicted on nine felony counts connected to the death of federal officials when in reality he was connected to the conspiracy to commit murder against these individuals. The story has been updated to reflect this correction.
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