FAIRBANKS — Eight people have asked to be named to a vacant seat on the Fairbanks City Council.
Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly is accepting requests for consideration through Monday, a spokeswoman said.
Jeanne Ringstad, Jonathan Bagwill, Clifton Coghill, Aaron Gibson, Catherine Shultz, Terry Smith, Kieran Brown and Terry Rahlfs have written the city, asking for consideration for appointment to Council Seat D.
Matherly plans to submit a name Tuesday to the City Council during a Finance Committee meeting.
The qualifications are the same as for candidates that appear on the ballot: Candidates must be registered voters with a year of residency.
“As far as character is concerned, the mayor is seeking someone honest, fair, and who has demonstrated positive involvement in the community,” said Teal Soden, Matherly’s executive assistant and communications director.
Under the city charter, the mayor is required to submit a name to the council by the second council meeting after the vacancy is announced, Soden said in emailed answers to questions.
Council Seat D became available after Jerry Norum resigned the seat July 10, reportedly for health reasons.
Bagwill previously challenged Norum for Council Seat D, and has said he plans to run for election Oct. 3 if he is not appointed.
Soden said letters of interest for Council Seat D should be emailed — a resume is optional — to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A majority of the City Council must confirm Matherly’s nominee.
Fairbanks City Clerk Danyielle Snider said the confirmation vote of…
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