Ketchikan Regular Election Oct. 04, 2022
I am Dion Booth and I am running for Ketchikan City Council. I was born and raised right here in Ketchikan, and have always loved being a part of this wonderful community. After graduating from Ketchikan High School, I immediately started working and volunteering in Ketchikan. I substitute taught around the school district until I secured a full time position working in the special education department at one of our local elementary schools. In addition, I spent the next few years volunteering my time refereeing youth soccer, and serving as a board of director for Ketchikan Youth Soccer League. After leaving the school district, I went on to work in tourism, the shipyard, and finally settling into my career as a carpenter for a small construction company that's been operating in Ketchikan for over 30 years. My passion and interests are all anchored here in our beloved city. I want what's best for the locals, year round. And, I believe the locals know what's best for them.
I am running for City Council because I believe that every decision the Council makes should be for the people. In years past, many of us have come up and spoke to the council only to feel like we weren't being heard. I believe that if elected, it's not only the responsibility, but also the obligation of a Council member to really listen and act on what the people want.
If elected to the City Council, I will work hard to make Ketchikan a better place to live, work, and raise a family. I am especially invested in our great city because like many others here, I have a beautiful daughter who is going to inherit Ketchikan and face the consequences of the choices we make today. I will be a voice for the people of Ketchikan, and I will always put the best interests of our community first.
I intrinsically believe in an open, honest, and transparent government. That is vital for a government body to stay working for all of the people. The people should always be informed, and know how their hard earned money is being spent. Recently I spoke at City Council pleading them not to raise property taxes. If elected I will work hard to make sure that we never spend more than we make, with the goal of not increasing property tax, which in turn just increases overall cost to live.
From the school district to carpentry, I have had the unique opportunity to work alongside and pearsonally hear from every type of community member that is essential to to Ketchikan. I have never ran for any office, and have no special interests other than making Ketchikan a more comfortable, and safe place to live for our children. With a new, younger perspective, I think real change can be made. It's time for those who have been in office for years and years to let Ketchikan decide what we want for ourselves, and not what they think is best despite us saying otherwise.
I hope that you will consider voting for me in the upcoming City Council election. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely, Dion Booth
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All candidates are encouraged to participate. SitNews will begin accepting candidates' statements on September 05, 2022 for publication. Note: Early or Absentee-In-Person Voting will begin on September 19, 2022. In person voting at the polls will be Oct. 04, 2022.
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Last Day to register to vote in the local election is Sept. 04, 2022