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Regular Election - October 05, 2021

Janalee Gage

Candidate for Ketchikan City Council 2021
3 Year Term (2 Seats Open)


Received: September 13, 2021
Published: September 13, 2021

My name is Janalee Frost, Hunt, Snartamo, Talbot, Church, Minnich, Gage 6th generation, born and raised in Ketchikan, and running for a Third 3-year term with the Ketchikan City Council.

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Candidate for Ketchikan City Council 2021

Janalee Gage
Candidate for Ketchikan City Council 2021

Before serving the last six years on the City Council, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Fine Art, worked as a Bartender, was the GED Examiner in Kotzebue for five years, worked for Kenai, and Ketchikan Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) for Six years. Today I still teach the 12-hour Alcohol Class on long weekends and work on my art photography. In addition, you will find me volunteering time and skills to many nonprofits in the community.

I Have spent most of my life living, working, and volunteering, and meeting people where they are at. As an individual living with a disability, I understand the difficulties of getting back on my feet after a significant accident. I have spent the last 15 years working and developing an understanding of the complexity and complicated issues surrounding, Social Programs, including substance, homelessness, Mental Health, and Disability Issues. I understand the importance of early intervention, support programs, and the vitally essential support programs needed to assist people living with a disability and alcohol and drug-related problems.

Over the last six years, I have worked hard & fought hard to negotiate a more robust hospital lease agreement that includes a commitment to mental health. A formable annual rental contract. A transparent donation to the community. Revenues earned in this community staying in the community.

I am vested in working with Peace Health for and with the community and committed to making sure that the community's voices are heard and considered, and I would like to see this project through due to its vast scope and undertaking. I have already put in the hours and will not need to be brought up to speed to continue working on the following core pieces of the Hospital Contract, which includes but is not limited to the new "HAC" board, which is one of the critical pieces, and an interictal part in overseeing that the hospital follows and adheres to the new contract.

In the past couple of years, the council has begun taking on a more active role in defining and addressing Water, Sewer, and Garbage and how Ketchikan's infrastructures are impacted by visitors traveling by ship. Both management, a team of representatives, and the mayor began the conversation regarding these issues with the cruise industry. These are just the beginning of several topics the community has with the cruise industry and are at the forefront of the city council to work with the industry. But, again, I am vested in this issue; and have been working hard on this issue. I am here to work for the community to make sure our voices are all heard and that the cruise industry understands its responsibilities to our community.

The conversation is in its infancy but is exceptionally vital to the future of Ketchikan, its future in tourism, and most importantly, the balance. I understand that the community of Ketchikan can no longer be left out of the conversation. I am here to make sure that both the residents and business owners are taken into consideration. Like many of us, I know that the status quo cannot continue, and I am vested in seeing that balance and fairness is consistent.

Ketchikan deserves a council member who speaks for the people, a lifetime resident, who understands and is equally affected by the community's increasing needs. I would be honored to continue working for the community on the critical and significant issues we face.

Thank you for the honor of serving you all for the past six years, and I am looking forward to another three years.

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