KODIAK — If nothing unexpected happens, Pat Branson will be the next mayor of the city of Kodiak.
Branson was the only candidate to register for the Oct. 4 municipal election by Monday’s 4:30 p.m. deadline.
The two open city council seats will be filled by candidates running unopposed, but that isn’t the case in the borough, where six people will contest three seats on the borough assembly.
The race for the school board seat formerly occupied by Petal Ruch is the only other contested municipal election this fall. Retired teacher Giovanni Tallino will face incumbent school board member Peggy Rauwolf in that race.
“This will be a good election,” predicted incumbent borough assembly member Dave Kaplan, who will defend his seat this fall.
In the Kodiak Island Borough, all candidates for an office are placed in the same section of the ballot. In this case, because three seats are open, the top three vote-getters will take places on the assembly.
Incumbents Kaplan and Judy Fulp will face Gail Brandt, Tuck Bonney, Mel Stephens and Dennis Symmons.
“This is my first time to ever get into anything like this, but we’ll have to see what happens,” Brandt said.
All candidates for borough assembly reached Monday said they are running because of concerns about the way the borough’s budget is being managed.
“I’m worried about mill rate increases and the money we’re spending,” Bonney said.
Symmons echoed those concerns, saying, “My motto is reduce the size of government by reducing the size of spending. Let it trickle down the other way.”
Brandt is concerned about the effect tax increases may have on island businesses.
“I think we’re running off our businesses,” she said. “I love this beautiful island we live on, but I think we need to do some serious thinking.”
Mel Stephens could not be reached Monday evening for comment.
For the Kodiak Island School Board, no new candidates stepped up in the final days of the period to apply, meaning Air Force veteran Aaron Griffin and Baranov Museum director Katie Oliver will run unopposed for the two three-year terms available.
Oliver holds the term vacated by Ruch but is running for a full term rather than for the one-year remainder of Ruch’s term. Rauwolf and Tallino will contest the one-year seat. Incumbent school board member Jeff Stephen declined to run for re-election.
In the city of Kodiak Mecca Lounge manager Randall Bishop is running unopposed for one city council seat, while former city council member Terry Haines is running similarly unopposed for the other.
“I was born and raised here,” Bishop said. “I figured why not give it a shot.”
Scott Arndt and Gary Turk Martin are running for seats on the board that governs Service Area No. 1. Three seats are available.
Richard Carstens is running unopposed for one of two seats available for the Fire Protection Area No. 1 board, and no one is running for the seats available on the Bayview or Monashka Bay road service area boards.
In the Womens Bay Road Service Area board, John Isadore and David Heuman are running for office. Three seats are available on that board.
Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiak