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Tom Heutte for Ketchikan School Board

By Bridget Mattson


August 28, 2022

I first met Tom Heutte the night I was appointed to fill a one year term seat on the school board in the fall of 2018. I had run and come in fourth in the October election for three open seats. The board had an immediate open seat for appointment following the election. Mr. Heutte also applied for the appointment and he was chosen to interview prior to my turn. Mr. Heutte told the board that the hundreds of voters who had chosen me should be respected and he withdrew from consideration to allow for my immediate appointment. 

I ran unopposed for a three year seat the next year and received the most votes of anything on the ballot- I was the daily news trivia question answer for being more popular than the tobacco tax. I have served as Vice President, President and Clerk/Treasurer for the past three years. My term ends this October and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to represent and serve Ketchikan. I am particularly grateful to Tom Heutte for his moral code that gave me the initial one year appointed seat. 

During my time on the school board, Tom has been appointed twice to fill seats that were resigned from. I have had the privilege to work with him on the board and in committees. He is always prepared, works hard, listens to varying viewpoints, champions students and teachers, does not quit when he is not on the ‘winning’ side of a vote, and dedicates time to being an active member of the board. He is honest, ethical, understands the difference between governance and management, does not push his own agenda, and is dedicated to serving Ketchikan. Tom Heutte has my vote for the school board and I encourage you to give him yours as well.

Bridget Mattson
Ketchikan, Alaska


Editor's Note:

The Ketchikan Regular Election Oct. 04, 2022 - Tuesday
Early & In-Person Absentee Voting Begins September 19, 2022

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Received 25,2022 - Published August 28,2022

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