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Open Letter to Councilman Bob Sivertsen: Future hopeful House Representative

By Amanda Mitchell


December 09, 2015
Wednesday AM

According to a quote by KRBD, you said: “You wonder why somebody would run when we have such a budget issue with the State of Alaska. I think that might be an opportunity for us to restructure and do some good things. But it’s going to take a lot of work, and I believe my experience and ability to work with people and gain consensus will help our district and our communities.”

He says the state budget is the biggest issue facing the legislature and solutions will require cooperation.””

Many people including myself approached you about the water issue. It was not about consensus or working with us. You refused to put us on the agenda. You also voted to give CH2M Hill an addition 100k after using up the money fighting against your constituents. And then 10k so that CH2M Hill could have their legal department advise our city on how to stop us from voting on our petition. Do you remember we had enough signatures to place this up to vote on, but you were so concerned with forcing us to do your will that you refused to seek how to help us have a say in the matter? It was very heavy handed and meant to steamroll us. And surprise, CH2M Hill did not solve our water issue and we ended up having to spend more money for a second point chlorination system. Plus, you now have a subpopulation struggling with physical symptoms and property damage from the switch.

So now, there is the pot issue in our town and the voters, yet again, had a voice and you voted to take it away to do your will.

I am sure that there are more issues out there and you may even have done some good.

However, with your track record of spending money just to fight against the locals and voting against consensus, how do you believe your experience and ability “working with people” is going to help the voters? Ketchikan is not a good example of fiscal responsibility and you are part of that. How do you believe our State situation will change if you are in there? Please, give some explicit examples of restructuring you would like to see happen and how your constituents will be part of this.

Thank you for your time.

Amanda Mitchell
Ketchikan, Alaska


Received December 06, 2015 - Published December 09, 2015




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