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Richard L. "Dick" Coose
Ketchikan City Mayor Candidate
3 year term (1 seat vacant)

Responses to Readers' Questions


Published: Tuesday
September 23, 2003

Dick Coose


Mayor - City of Ketchikan
October 7, 2003
PO Box 9533
Ketchikan, AK




Alaska has been my home for the past 23 years, residing in Ketchikan for 16 years. I am married and have two daughters and five grandchildren living in Ketchikan. I am completing a second term on the Borough Assembly, and I served one year on the Ketchikan Borough Planning Commission. I am a board member of the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and served as President. I am an officer in the Ketchikan Lions Club (a member for 40 years), and I have served as the Lions coordinator for Ketchikan's 4th of July celebration for the past eight years. In April 1994 I retired from the US Forest Service with 33 years of service. I have served as the Executive Director of C.A.R.E. since it was organized in April 1996.



My highest priority is to promote the economic well being of Ketchikan. A close cooperative relationship must be established between the City and Borough. We need to work as a community team. A strong diverse economy with stable family jobs and businesses is the foundation of our quality community. Healthy businesses and good jobs sustain the quality of our community. I am committed to strengthening the city's economy by promoting policies and actions that support local businesses and attract new business to our community. I am committed to obtaining the infrastructure to attract and keep these businesses, jobs and families in Ketchikan.



I am dedicated to all segments of our current or potential industries (tourism, timber, fishing, and mining). Strong continuing support is needed for development of tourism infrastructure and the shipyard. I will work to diversify our economy.

The City and Borough must work together to encourage economic and amenity development. The bridge to Gravina, utilities to Lewis Reef, and a new arts center are examples. Sewer, water, and power are going to be critical to residential and industrial development and our future.

Citizens must feel they can freely offer their opinions and believe they have been heard about their concerns. As an elected official I work for the public, not myself. Constituents pay for local government and should be treated as the valued customers of municipal services. Government must provide these services efficiently and effectively.

I have the experience, leadership skills, honesty, and personal integrity to represent you as a Mayor of the City of Ketchikan.



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