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Community groups hold candidate forum on climate, jobs and justice

Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 6:04 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Candidates for School Board, Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) Assembly, City Council and FNSB Mayor gathered on Zoom on August 31 to discuss their positions on issues facing the Fairbanks community.

Topics like climate, jobs, and justice were on the minds of the community groups who organized the event.

Several candidates were not present for the forum.

Those that participated were given a chance to outline their vision for their position and talk about their beliefs in an opening statement.

Chris Ludtke, Candidate for Borough Mayor, said in his opening statement, “My number one priority is, and always will be, ending government theft.”

Robert Shields, also running for Borough Mayor, said, “I’ve seen a lot of good people try to make this community a better place, and they deserve representation.”

Kristan Kelly, Candidate for Borough Assembly Seat G, emphasized, “I really want to make Fairbanks a better place to live, improve the quality of life here.”

Meanwhile, Erin Morotti, incumbent for School Board Seat A, explained, “I’m running to raise the voices of all students, all staff, the entire community as a whole.”

Jerry Cleworth is running for Fairbanks City Council Seat A. He said, “I just really enjoy public service. I love looking at other cities and studying how they do things.”

Cleworth is running against Shoshana Kun, incumbent for Seat A. She said, “I will remain focused on the fiscal responsibility and push for more transparency.”

Savannah Fletcher, Candidate for Borough Assembly Seat F, said, “I want my work to be sure to value everyone in our community, and lift everyone up with the solutions we propose.”

And June Rogers, Candidate for Fairbanks City Council Seat B, said, “We need to bring clarity and focus to the many issues of consequence that lie before us.”

Chrya Sanderson, running for reelection to School Board Seat B, explained, “My priority, of course, is for advocacy for students and staff.”

David Guttenberg, who is running for Assembly Seat A, said, “When we talked about economic growth in the borough, we need to make sure that everybody is brought along.”

Organizations involved with the event included Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, and the Greater Fairbanks NAACP Chapter 1001.

The full forum is available on the UAF Nanook Diversity and Action Center’s Facebook page.

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