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Candidate Profile: Shoshana Kun runs for reelection to Fairbanks City Council

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 5:04 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Shoshana Kun is running for reelection to Seat A on Fairbanks City Council.

She said she is running because there is still work to be done. “I believe in budget transparency, and I’d like to keep it that way. I also am partial to fair labor negotiations and I’d like to be part of those and make sure that the collective bargaining agreements are satisfactory to both sides, and I’m also running because I believe in our community, and the unity in our community. It needs more of it and so I’d like to be part of that to unite our community and bridge gaps that we have in our community.”

Kun further explained, “I think that the Chief Financial Officer is doing a great job of laying out the budget in a format that all the public can look at and understand, and that’s a big part of it, is understanding the budget, and the reason why I say transparency is because it’s complicated. The budget is a little bit complicated, and where we get our monies from, and understanding revenues and where those come from.”

Kun emphasized the importance of updating the city’s code. “Some things are outdated. There’s a lot of code that talks just about downtown, and we have a big city, and I think that code should apply equally to all of the city and not just areas of the city, so I’ve been working on revising those.”

She provided examples. “It used to be required that you had to have your bike licensed with the City of Fairbanks in order to ride on the sidewalks, and so that seemed archaic and I went ahead and removed that, and there’s another one that I’m working on which is dealing with the curfew for minors, and I’m in the process of working with the police chief to see if that needs revision.”

“Right now, the curfew law is midnight on Sunday through Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday it’s 1:00 a.m., so I’d like to go ahead and uniform that and make it 1:00 a.m. or midnight as the police chief sees fit,” she added.

According to Kun, the city works and negotiates with a number of labor unions. “One of the important parts of being on City Council is to ensure that these are fair labor negotiations, that these negotiations are not just one-sided, that they are satisfactory to both parties, the city and the union.”

She said voters should know that “I am a progressive candidate who is not afraid to make changes, but also not afraid to negotiate and get along with my other councilmembers.”

“I’m an open-minded candidate, and I’m reaching into all areas of our community, and I’m qualified for the job, I believe, and I will continue to work on budget transparency, fair labor negotiations in our community, and uniting our community,” she said.

Kun is running against Jerry Cleworth in the municipal elections on October 5th.

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