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Lonny Marney runs for Fairbanks City Council Seat E

Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 4:06 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Lonny Marney is running for seat E on the Fairbanks City Council. This seat is currently held by Jerry Cleworth, who is not seeking reelection.

Marney said he is running for the taxpayer of Fairbanks.

“The city council currently has six seats. Three of the members lean left, and three of the members lean right. Due to term limits, we are losing two of the members that lean right, and so we must keep a balanced city council. We must replace those with three, or actually two, that lean right.”

He added, “I believe in a balanced budget. I believe in protecting the city’s permanent fund. I believe in keeping Fairbanks debt-free. I believe in fully staffing our police department. I believe in making sure that public works has all the resources and budget to keep our snow removed and our potholes filled. And finally I wish to protect the city’s capital fund so we don’t get behind on deferred maintenance.”

Marney explained that if elected, he will be a voice for the conservative side. “I’m retired, so I know what it is to live on a budget. I will promise the voter and the citizens that I will always have an open heart and an open mind for anything that crosses my desk as far as in the city council.”

He said he thinks currently the mayor, his administration and city council are doing a great job. "We want to keep taxes low due to the fact we’re in a pandemic, businesses are hurting. So we need to focus on getting the CARES Act stage 2 out to the people that need it, and that’s most important.

“Fairbanks is a great place to live, it’s a great place to raise a family, and a great place to develop lifelong friendships,” Marney said, adding, “I’ve lived in town for 46 years, and I believe that’s what’s kept me here.”

He said, “I’ve been happily married for forty years, I’ve raised two sons, and they attended public schools all their life, and they are accomplished. I’m very proud of both my sons.”

Speaking about the school district, he said, “You hear truths and falsehoods about COVID. I believe we need to open our schools up, and get the kids back in school. Socially, they need it, and I think it’s better one-on-one to have kids with a teacher in the same classroom.”

Marney said he was a successful parts and service manager for three dealerships in Fairbanks. “I always valued the values of integrity, honesty and loyalty. Customer service was always [number] one, and protecting my employees was always number two.”

“I want to keep Fairbanks growing. I want to keep it safe. I want whatever’s happening outside never to happen here,” he said, referring to looting, riots and the defunding of the police.

Marney is running against Sue Sprinkle in the municipal elections on October 6th.

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