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Kodiak City Council interviews three candidates for vacancy
by James Brooks / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
Feb 22, 2012 | 176 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KODIAK — The Kodiak City Council held tryouts Tuesday night, interviewing three candidates vying to fill the vacant spot left by the resignation in January of Josie Rosales.

Tracy Craig, William Kersch and Mark Anthony Vizocho each endured a round of questioning by the council, which will vote in secret ballot during Thursday’s meeting to select Rosales’ replacement.

Craig is a 19-year resident of Kodiak who works for the Coast Guard’s housing office in Kodiak.

“I have over 19 years experience working with the community’s young adults, elders, stay-at-home mothers, seasoned fishermen, military families, cannery and local construction workers,” Craig wrote in her application letter.

Kersch is Kodiak’s postmaster and currently serves on the planning and zoning commission, which advises both the city and borough. It was not immediately clear whether he would have to resign that appointed position if he is picked for the council.

“I have extensive knowledge in budgetary issues and labor issues,” Kersch wrote in support of his candidacy.

The third candidate for city council is Mark Anthony Vizocho, a 20-year Kodiak resident who serves as vice president of the Filipino-American Society of Kodiak. Vizocho is youth director and music director of the Kodiak Filipino Bible Church.

“I am highly dedicated to every endeavor I set my mind to,” he wrote to the council. “It would be an honor to be considered as a member of the Kodiak City Council.”

Council members did not indicate their voting preference, but agreed that if the winning candidate is present at Thursday’s city council meeting, he or she will be given the oath of office that night.

In other business at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled work session, the council heard updates from the city’s parks and recreation board, a report on revisions to the Kodiak Area Transportation System, and the status of solutions to the city’s looming solid waste problem.

The council also reached a consensus regarding a $1,000 city contribution to the Alaska Sea Party, backers of a state coastal zone management program. The city previously passed a resolution in support of a ballot measure implementing the program.

The city council will hold a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in the borough assembly chambers on Mill Bay Road.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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