Weekend open house aims to educate future interior candidates

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This Saturday, June 29th, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, City of Fairbanks and the City of North Pole, are sponsoring an event designed to inform people on the intricacies of running for office. The candidate open house starts at 9:00am in the borough assembly's chambers. It will go until noon.

There are a large number of seats available this year. In the borough, there are four seats available. Seat B, C, and I are available for three year terms. The winner of Seat E will only serve one year. That seat was vacated by Anglia Majors. She was replaced by Geoffry Wildridge. The winner of Seat E for this year will have to run for reelection next year. School board Seat C and D are also available. Both are three year terms. For Fairbanks, both council seats C and D are up for election, as well as city mayor. Unlike the other two, North Pole does not label their seats. The two positions on this year's ballot are currently being held by Doug Isaacson and Avery Thompson. Both are eligible for reelection. North Pole's City Clerk, Judy Binkley says for those wanting to run for a position this year the filing process is about to start.

"The candidate filing period is going to open July 15th at 8:00 am in the morning," began Judy Binkly. "… That will close on July 29th at 5:00 pm. We have the same filing period as the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the City of Fairbanks."

Binkley went on to say that those who do choose to run need to file with the local government that is filling the position they want.

At Saturday's event, municipal clerks and current elected officials will be at there to explain expectations, time requirements, and other aspects of holding a local political government position. The League of Women Voters, who are also sponsoring the event, will hold multiple presentations during the day on how to run for public office. Fairbanks City Clerk, Danyielle Snider says on top of learning about the positions available, the event will help people who want to know more about local political powers.

"It’s just a great opportunity to learn how your local government works," said Danyielle Snider. "A lot of people don’t understand the differences between the city and the boroughs and the powers that we have and what type of municipalities we are. It’s just a great general learning opportunity.”

According to the municipal clerks, there are no propositions currently set to be on any local ballot. The elections will be held October 1st.