KHNS News hosted a forum for Haines Assembly candidates on Thursday, September 25. We recorded the forum and an hour of the forum will broadcast on KHNS at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 and the complete forum is available to listen to below. We’ve divided the forum up into specific questions, topics and issues.

Some questions were drawn up by KHNS News Director Margaret Friedenauer and questions were also taken from the audience.

The candidates for Haines Assembly are: Jerry Erny, Mike Case, Ron Jackson, Mario Benassi and Joe Parnell. Moderated by Margaret Friedenauer of KHNS.




What are the issues you think are most important for the Haines assembly to address in the next 3-5 years?


How should the borough prioritize education funding in its budget and do you support the bonds for the school projects on the ballot this year?


What can or should the Haines Borough be doing to attract and keep the millennial generation to our community?


What are your thoughts on the Palmer Project currently being explored by Constantine Metal Resources?


Is Haines a divided community? How does that affect ongoing issues and conversations in our community, such as heliski management?


What is your opinion of the Juneau Access Road Project?


Do you supported increased funding for the library?


Question for Mario Benassi: What do you mean when you say you’re part of a “marginalized group?”


Do you support borough funding for the preschool?


Do you think there should be mandatory collection for solid waste management or do you think it’s working with the system we have now?


Wrap up thoughts with the candidates.