A Skagway resident who was sentenced to a year in prison on federal tax charges has filed to run for borough assembly.
Dan Henry resigned from the assembly last fall in order to report to federal prison. Now, he is back in Skagway and running for election again.
In 2016, Henry pleaded guilty to willful failure to timely file federal income taxes. He was convicted on four misdemeanor charges and sentenced to a year and a day in prison. He was also ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution to the federal government.
On top of that, Henry was penalized by the state’s campaign finance watchdog. The Alaska Public Offices Commission fined him $22,000 for incomplete public office disclosures. Henry maintained that he misunderstood the paperwork.
Henry is the only Skagway assembly candidate to file by Monday’s deadline. There are two seats opening this October.
Prior to incarceration, Henry served in Skagway government for close to 20 years.
He did not return calls for comment for this story.
Mark Schaefer is running for re-election as mayor. He is currently unopposed. Schaefer is finishing up his second two-year mayoral term.
The only competitive race so far is the one for school board. Four residents are running for two open seats. Cara Cosgrove put in a bid to retain her position. Chezare Doxey Leipold, Heather Rodig and Denise Sager also threw their names in the running.
There is still time for residents interested in running as write-ins. The deadline is Sept. 29, just a few days before the Oct. 3 election.
This story has been updated with more information.