Huntington gives advice to city council candidates

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks City Council will see at least one new council member after the municipal election, as Councilwoman Joy Huntington will be vacating seat A. We heard from Huntington, along with a few other council members, to get their advice for candidates competing for a place at the table.

Huntington said, "I've really enjoyed it. It's been one of the biggest challenges I've ever taken on. It's been really rewarding as well, and the people that I've been able to work with have been such, just constant inspiration to me."

Huntington has served on the council for three years. She says one of the most important things she advises future council members to keep in mind is building relationships.

"As much as possible, I think it's important to build relationships so that you have that open communication and you can better understand where people are coming from," she said.

Seat B incumbent June Rogers and current seat D holder Jonathan Bagwill also give their advice to incoming council members.

Rogers said, "My direction is to read, read, read. There are codes and ordinances. If you're going to propose an idea to something, read the code and see how it fits in there or doesn't fit in there. Make sure that you're spinning wheels or wasting your efforts."

Bagwill said, "I would just hope and pray that anyone who comes in new to Seat A, or whether or not someone is going to be coming in to Seat B or Seat D, that they take this as the serious job that it is, and I have no reason to think that anybody wouldn't."

With the municipal election just days away, this gives candidates just a little while longer to prepare to potentially take a new seat.

Candidates Lloyd Hilling and Marcey Luther are running against Incumbent June Rogers for seat B, while Kathryn Ottersten hopes to unseat incumbent Jonathan Bagwill in seat D.