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Final candidate lists available for 2021 municipal elections

Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 4:26 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Election day in Interior Alaska is coming up on October 5th, just under two months away.

Now that the deadline to withdraw from the races has passed, voters can see the full slate of candidates for the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Cities of Fairbanks and North Pole.

Contested races this year include Borough Mayor and three Borough Assembly seats, two seats on the school board, and two seats on Fairbanks City Council.

In North Pole, the mayor’s seat is open for election, as well as a seat on City Council which has one candidate running uncontested.

According to Borough Clerk April Trickey, absentee voting, as in 2020, will be an option for voters this year. “Anyone is eligible to vote absentee. It’s a no-excuse absentee voting, so if somebody wants to vote absentee by mail or electronic, they just have to complete an absentee ballot application, which is available on our website, which is fnsb.gov/elections.

Trickey continued, “They can just complete that application and turn that in to the borough clerk’s office. Once we have ballots, we will start issuing those ballots, which is typically by mid-September.”

The Official Candidate List for the borough can be found here. For the City of Fairbanks, election information and the list of candidates can be found here.

North Pole election information is available here. The city’s mayor seat is being contested by two candidates. Incumbent Mike Welch is running for re-election, and Thomas McGhee is challenging him for the position.

We will also be running a series of candidate profiles leading up to the election. This series gives each candidate a chance to talk about their beliefs and the reasons they are running for office.

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