Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly files for re-election

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly officially filed with the state for re-election Friday.

Matherly was first elected to office in October 2016 after a tight mayoral race against former city mayor John Eberhart. Matherly said when he was first elected, he knew he would like to run at least two campaigns.

Right after being elected to city mayor two years ago, Matherly was thrown into his duties, especially with the Fairbanks Police Department as one of Fairbanks' Men in Blue, Allen Brandt, died from fatal injuries he received after responding to a call of shots fired.

During his time as Mayor, Matherly appointed Johnathan Bagwill to council seat D after Jerry Norum resigned, dealt with drinking water contamination, passed regulation for marijuana businesses and moved forward in plans for the Polaris building, to name a few.

If re-elected, Matherly said public safety will continue to be on the forefront of his mind.

"My goal, if I'm privileged to be elected again, is public safety. The Fairbanks Police Department is going to be facing some changes down the road. We have a lot of long term employees that may start retiring and I want to do more for downtown and the opioids. The opioid issue is a big one for me,” he said.