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Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce hosts borough assembly candidate forum

Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 6:05 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Tuesday, August 31, the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce held a forum featuring candidates for Borough Assembly.

Three seats on the Assembly are up for election this year, with two candidates running for each.

The Fairbanks Chamber hosted all six candidates at Journey Christian Church.

Issues under discussion included budgeting experience, taxation in the borough, and COVID-19′s impact on local businesses.

At the end of the forum, candidates gave a closing statement outlining their beliefs and vision for the borough.

Kristan Kelly, Candidate for Borough Assembly Seat G, said, “I believe we must keep moving forward with a vision toward improvement. The Fairbanks North Star Borough is a fantastic place to live, to work and raise a family. I want to keep it that way.”

Lance Roberts, also running for Seat G, explained, “My priorities are going to be to lower taxes, to protect all of your rights, including your property rights. Every freedom you’ve got needs to be protected by the borough with the powers that it has.”

Meanwhile, David Guttenberg, Candidate for Assembly Seat A, discussed veterans in the community, saying, “We need to be advocating for the people in this town, the veterans in this town who decided to live here and make this place their home. We need to give them the final resting place they want.”

Also running for Seat A, Kevin McKinley said, “I want the job more than anybody, and I care about my community. I care about the people in it. So, when you walk into that booth, think of Kevin McKinley. I want to make the borough work for you.”

Savannah Fletcher, Candidate for Seat F, said, “What can I do for you to make it a better experience for your business, for your family, for your friends, for this whole community? And I believe I have the experience, the confidence, the patience, and really the energy to do this well.”

And her opponent, Patricia Silva, said, “I feel like I have a very strong understanding of what we need in our community. I know the borough assembly has failed us for more than ten years, more than a decade. It’s time to take back the majority.”

On September 15th, the Fairbanks Chamber will host a forum featuring candidates for Borough Mayor.

The full forum is expected to be available on the Fairbanks Chamber’s YouTube page later this week.

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