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On Unalaska's Ballot This October: Mayor, Commercial Pot, And More

KUCB Staff

Unalaska's ballot is set, and it's got everything from a five-way race for mayor to a referendum on commercial marijuana.

As of Monday, City Clerk Cat Hazen said incumbent Mayor Shirley Marquardt is facing competition from four challengers: Ralph Harvey, Frank Kelty, Christopher Price, and Vincent Tutiakoff Sr.

There's also a five-way contest for City Council seat C. Incumbent Roger Rowland is vying for reelection against Kenneth Bezold, Richard Campbell, Darin Nicholson, and Jeffrey Treannie.

Meanwhile, smaller races are shaping up for seat D on both the City Council and school board. On the Council, Killian Baker is challenging incumbent David Gregory, while Harriet Berikoff tries to unseat Denise Rankin on the school board.

There are three candidates running unopposed for reelection: Cherry Tan and Frank Kelty on the school board, along with John Waldron on the City Council.

Finally, the election will also give Unalaska residents a chance to overturn the city's ban on commercial marijuana businesses. The pot referendum earned a spot on the ballot last month, after local supporters submitted a petition with more than 160 signatures.

The election is set for Oct. 4.

Laura Kraegel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2020. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2019. We are proud to have her back in the spring of 2023 filling in as an interim reporter for KUCB.
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