Aino Welch runs for reelection to North Pole City Council seat

Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 4:49 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Aino Welch is running for reelection to her seat on the North Pole City Council.

She said she is running because it’s very important to be a part of what is going on in one’s community.

“Being in it [the] second time around, it kind of gives you an insight. You’re not the new kid on the block. You have kind of some insight and should be able to do more and be able to already be aware of things that might need some help. People know you, too, and they have a tendency to come to you and confide in you or ask you for help or something like that.”

“The COVID-19 plan is already in the works. We received 4.2 million dollars to distribute to people who have a need for it, whether it be businesses, nonprofits, or even families that have needs, and that’s up and running right now,” she said, adding, “Hopefully that will get some of our citizens some money that they truly need in these times.”

Welch spoke about water contamination issues, saying, “We’ve been really busy getting our water system to expand even beyond our city limits. And so that’s one thing, that we keep getting the payouts in front of our council, that we had to approve the expenditure. We’re not paying for it, but the money is managed through our department.”

She added, “Of course, there’s been some people that were not very happy with the fact that we were going to encroach on their properties out there with that, but it is definitely, in my mind it is important for people to have clean water and, again, North Pole is not paying for it but we will be providing that service to the people.”

Welch also enjoys outreach to Eielson Air Force Base. “With the F-35s coming in, not only the planes, but there’s a lot of people coming in, and we want them to feel welcome around here, that they feel that this is a community that they want to come back to. I already know several people that are up here who want to retire up here, and it’s just because it’s such a nice community to be in.”

“That’s one of my big things, having that outgoing, welcoming spirit of North Pole. Even though it’s not always Christmas, the spirit of Christmas does live in North Pole all year round,” Welch said.

I have the best interest of the city at heart. I have always had the best interest of the city at heart. Even when I’m not on the council, I always promote my city. I’m proud of it year round, one of those maybe crazy people out there that never take Christmas tree down. I mean, I still have my Christmas tree up. Don’t have it lighted up in the summer time, but that is one of my things that I always say: ‘This is definitely the city of Christmas.’ "

“My model has always been ‘you need to know that your city council is listening to you.’ If you have a problem, I’m here. Send me an email, give me a call, whatever. I will listen. I will then do my best to do what’s best for the city and for the citizens of North Pole.”

Welch is running unopposed in the municipal elections on October 6th.

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