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Political Winds of Change

By Austin Otos

October 05, 2018
Wednesday PM

The 2018 Ketchikan Gateway Borough municipal election has come to a close. With 6 candidates running for office, our community had the opportunity to vote for a wide array of individuals. Thankfully, Ketchikan chose 2 candidates that represent the future of our community. Voters were clear that newer and younger voices take precedent over experience and past ideals.

Voters should look to candidates that are seen in the community, individuals that participate in local events and engage with everyday people. I hope that we reflect on this political pulse and elect similar candidates in the future that are focused on community outreach, growth, and most importantly, bring to the table a new perspective to local politics.

The community has some challenges ahead: education funding, securing teacher contracts, infrastructure improvements, housing affordability, and long-term employment. I believe these challenges are nothing new to our town and something that we have always overcome. Let’s make this community great just like our parents and grandparents did before us.

Austin Otos
Ketchikan Gateway Borough resident
Ketchikan, Alaska



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Received October 04, 2018 - Published October 05, 2018

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