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Reelect Rodney Dial for Mayor

By Hans and Laura Antonsen


September 28, 2022


Mayor Rodney Dial spent the last 6 years building a reputation for integrity and trust during some of the most difficult times our community, state and nation have faced.  That’s 6 years just in Ketchikan!  Before that Rodney served in the US Army, Alaska State Troopers and 10 years as a Legislative Liaison at the State level.

While the “job” of Borough Mayor on paper might just be to lead meetings, the reality is that our Mayor is the face of the community, as well as it’s heart and soul.  Especially during the COVID crisis and now with inflation and rising costs of basics like food and energy. 

Rodney has taken these challenges as an opportunity to lead the way by:

• cutting the mayor's budget to ZERO

• creating a plan to conduct a community wide risk assessment and joining with the city to identify impacts the pandemic had on our community and helped craft a document used to advocate for funding from the state 

•  and by serving on both the Rural Action Caucus and the Public Lands Steering Committee that allow our community to have a seat at the table where other legislative bodies meet and put out recommendations to congress.  

Most every mayor we have had in Ketchikan has been a part of the borough assembly or city council body first so they can understand, from the grassroots up, the role of the Mayor.

Rodney has served us well.

We are voting for Rodney Dial to continue that service to and for our entire community.

Hans and Laura Antonsen
Ketchikan, Alaska




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Received September 27, 2022 - Published September 28 2022

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