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Candidate Profile: Kristan Kelly runs for Borough Assembly Seat G

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 4:51 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Kristan Kelly is running for seat G on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly.

She said she is running because she loves the Fairbanks community and wants to protects the things in it that have made her time here great. “The thing that makes this borough so great is really the people that live here, and we have such great organizers and people on both sides of issues. With the tenor of politics lately, I just think it’s time that we all come back, and come back to civility, and come back to reason, and sit at the table and not call each other names, and really work to make this community better.”

Kelly said having a good school system will help the community to thrive. “I’ve worked for the school district for the last fifteen years, and I’ve seen the effects of all the cuts that we’ve had in the last several years, and I feel like we really need to shore it up a little bit, fully fund education - and with that, there are so many things that come out of good schools, like the military placing families here. It’s so important to have good schools so that the military comes here, professional families come here, doctors, UAF (University of Alaska Fairbanks) wants to place their families here,” she said.

Kelly said she is amazed by the trail system in the borough. “It is world-class, and I want that to continue. There is some great, fantastic plans to improve it and to connect some trails that would go from the University all the way up to Birch Hill, straight through with no traffic, an underpass going under the Steese Expressway, just some really great things - and I think it’s great for us as a community, and it’s also great for economic development.”

She added, “I just think it’s so good for us, our own health, our physical and emotional health, to be able to get out on trails and to relax and be somewhere where those trails are safe, is just really, really important.”

Kelly identified economic development as a priority, “Having good basic borough services, libraries, good libraries, good road service, again, the public schools and the trail system and recreation, all those things make this an attractive place to be - and with that will come the military continuing to place families here, and UAF is the other side of the town that really holds up our economy. So having those things here will drive our economy.”

She continued, “I think I bring kind of a very varied perspective to the Borough Assembly because I’ve been here for thirty years. My family and I have been involved in many different aspects of the community. My husband, Tim Mowry, he ran the Yukon Quest 7 times, so I have a really good understanding of all that goes into the dog race. My son skied competitively for UAF, so I really was involved in seeing how that worked.”

Kelly was also involved with the Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre and the Summer Fine Arts Camp. “I just have a lot of different experiences and kind of a wealth of knowledge of the fun and really unique things that make this town such a great place to be. I really do love it here, and I want that to be available for other people, and not cut by people that think that these things aren’t important,” she said.

Kelly is running against Lance Roberts in the municipal elections on October 5th.

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