By Greta Mart/KHNS
The filing period to run for public office in Skagway’s October 6th election closed at 5 p.m. on Monday.
Roger Griffin and incumbent Mark Schaefer are running for the two –year term of borough mayor. Schaefer was elected mayor in 2013 and before that he served on the assembly. He works for White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. Griffin is retired from the US Forest Service and runs a marine repair business.
Jay Burnham and Steve Burnham Jr. are running for two vacant seats on the borough assembly. Each carries a three-year term. Steve Burnham Jr. and Gary Hanson are the two members whose seats are up for election. Hanson did not file for re-election.
Jay Burnham was appointed to the Skagway Planning and Zoning Commission in 2014 and his term on the commission ends this year. Burnham is a National Guard member who works for White Pass. Steve Burnham Jr. is his nephew. He has served on the assembly since 2012 and also works for White Pass.
There are two vacant seats on the Skagway School Board, but just one candidate. John Hischer has filed for re-election to the three-year seat. He is a licensed clinical social worker at the Dahl Memorial Clinic who has served on the school board for three years.
School board member Stuart Brown, whose seat is also up for re-election, did not file.
Although the filing period has closed, it’s not too late to run as a write-in candidate. Those seeking public office as a write-in must submit a letter of intent to the municipality by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. Borough Clerk Emily Deach has more information at City Hall.
All of Skagway’s public office seats are at-large; the municipality does not have designated seats.
Skagway residents will also vote on whether to ratify a 35-year lease between the municipality and White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. The borough assembly recently voted to repeal the special election they had scheduled for August 25th and move the lease question to the October election.
In Haines, there are a couple more days to file for two open borough assembly seats and three school board seats. So far, Margaret Friedenauer and Jerry Lapp have filed for borough assembly and Mike Wilson has filed for school board. The deadline is Thursday, August 20th.