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Regular Election - October 05, 2021

Carlos Weimer

Candidate for Ketchikan Borough Assembly 2021
3 Year Term (2 Seats Open)



Received: September 23, 2021
Published: September 23, 2021

jpg Carlos Weimer 
 Candidate for Ketchikan Borough Assembly 2021

Carlos Weimer
Candidate for Ketchikan Borough Assembly 2021

Hi, my name is Carlos Weimer and let me introduce myself as a super-active and self-motivated individual who is willing to serve at the pleasure of the community. I am running for the Assembly because I believe I have qualities that could make me a good fit for our community.   I am persistent, creative, and have vision.  When I was younger my grandfather would ask this question for years every night at the dinner table:  "So, Carlos, what did you do for your country today?"  By this my grandfather meant what had I done that day for my community or for others.  I believe that by being on the assembly I will be able to do more for others.  I am running because I want to be an active part of the solution process. I enjoy working with the public as much as I prefer to work independently and appreciate the intricacies of teamwork and strategic planning.  I am a self-starter; I actively and persistently seek opportunities and appreciate a challenge.    

Over the last several years I have been able to gain experience that would be useful as an assembly member.  I have sat on governing boards for the running club, charter school, and a youth sports league where I served as board member, vice-president, and president, respectively.  These opportunities have provided me with leadership, budgeting skills, as well as experience collaborating and leading within groups. I worked in our local schools in Special Education where patience and understanding are key elements.  I have started projects of my own, including a sports league (Alaska Try-Sports LLC- “Experiment with Sports!”) where I am the originator, facilitator, and coordinator of activities in our community for a variety of ages ranging from 10-55. 

I think two of the larger issues at hand are the drug crisis and affordable housing.   I believe the borough could have an impact on the local drug problem despite the lack of police power.  The borough could help fund organizations specializing in treatment, prevention, detox, etc. The borough could also help seed or incentivize prevention-based programming in and out of schools.  The borough could work with other entities (City, Saxman, non-profits, etc.) in a coordinated approach.  Since 2011 I have coordinated activities for all ages, especially older teens and college-age adults, with the intent of creating an environment in our community to combat high-risk behavior.  I have also, as part of the greater effort of one of our local wellness coalitions, trained many individuals, families, and entities in opioid rescue training.  There is power in prevention, education, and collaboration.  As for housing, I think our elderly are on the housing wait list for too long.  I also see a need for more single-family and low-income construction.  I think we could be utilizing unused borough lands along with developer incentives to get more affordable housing.  In the assembly I will be able to share my enthusiasm, vision and love of our community and help to further advance Ketchikan's future.  On my own, I will continue in my efforts in providing more opportunities for people to come together as a community.

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Ketchikan Regular Election October 05, 2021 - Tuesday
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