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Ketchikan Regular Election Oct. 04, 2022
Early & In-Person Absentee Voting Begins 09/19/22

Ketchikan City Council
3 Year Term (2 Seats Open)

Kevin Kristovich


Received: September 04, 2022
Published: September 04, 2022

Kevin Kristovich Candidate for Ketchikan City Council

Hi, this is Kevin Kristovich and I'm running for a seat on the Ketchikan City Council.  As most of you know, I've lived here most of my life.  As a Homeowner and a Papa to 2 Granddaughters, I have growing concerns with the direction Ketchikan has been going.  This is why I've decided to run for City Council.  Here are the top 4 questions explaining who I am and why I'm running:

1. Why are you running for office? 

I'm running for Ketchikan City  Council because, as I stated earlier, I've lived here pretty much my whole life and as a Papa to 2 granddaughters,  I'm concerned for them and their future here in Ketchikan.

I have experience in Community Service, which I believe is necessary to be an effective City Council Member.  I'll work hard and make sure your voice is heard.

2. Experience and Education 

I attended the Ketchikan School System K-12

Ketchikan Indian Community,  I was a Committee "Way Of Life" Member, which allowed me to travel on the Tribes behalf for Fisheries and Subsistence Issues.

For The Organized Village of Kasaan I was the Customary and Traditional Chairman.  During my time with OVK, I was elected on the Board of Directors for the Gulf of Alaska Coastal Community Coalition (GOAC 3).

3. Community Involvement 

Chamber of Commerce Individual Member.

Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp #14

Casual Longshoreman, ILWU #62

4. Identify a couple significant issues and challenges facing our Community and your ideas on addressing these issues.

1. First and foremost, my biggest concern is that Ketchikan is losing its Hometown identity.  So much focus has been spent on appeasing the Cruise Lines, that the average Citizens of Ketchikan, who I speak with,  are stating that their concerns are not being heard or addressed.  It's my goal to listen to the people and do everything I can to help address their concerns.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not against Tourism or the Cruise Ship Industry, however, the attention being placed on  Tourism, far exceeds the attention given to the locals and their concerns.

2. The lack of housing for our residents, including homelessness.   I have recently heard that a city in the lower 48 is raising money primarily through State and Federal Low Income Housing Grants, with extra money coming from the City itself.  When elected, I will pursue more information as to how this was achieved and if it's something we could do for Ketchikan.

I'm also concerned about the recent increase in taxes.  I'll pursue the why's and whether it was necessary to extend the tax to locals too.  

In summary, I'll have an Open Door Policy.  If you're concerned with Ketchikan and the direction it's going; so am I, so let's talk.   Your concerns will be my concerns.  I'm asking for your vote and I promise to work hard to make sure your voice is heard.   Your vote for me will be a "Vote for Change".   

Thank you

Kevin Kristovich 

For over two decades, SitNews has provided a front page section at no cost for all candidates for the local Ketchikan Assembly, School Board, City Council, and Mayors to provide information about themselves and their campaign for the voters to consider.

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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