Today is the last day for individuals wishing to run for Nome municipal office in 2020 to declare their candidacy.
According to Nome’s Code of Ordinances, potential candidates must be a qualified voter, cannot be delinquent on payments for any city taxes or utility bills, and must not file to run for both Mayor and a seat on the City Council.
This year, the mayoral seat is up for grabs as John Handeland is only the Interim Mayor at this time. He took over for former Nome Mayor, Richard Beneville, after Beneville’s passing in May.
There are also two seats from the City Council, two from the Utility Board, and one from the School Board on the election ballot for October. Potential candidates could challenge council members Adam Martinson and Doug Johnson, Derek McLarty and Carl Emmons of the Utility Board, or Brandy Arrington from the Nome School Board.
All seats up for election this year have three-year terms, except for Utility Board Seat “B” and the position of Mayor, which normally is a two-year term seat but this year is only set to last for the remainder of one year.
Nome’s City Clerk will issue a public notice of all candidates running in this year’s election at least fourteen days prior to the election.
The 2020 Nome Municipal Election is scheduled to take place exactly three weeks from today on October 6th.
Image at top: File photo: Mayor Richard Beneville signs resolutions after a City Council meeting while City Clerk Bryant Hammond looks on. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus/KNOM (2016).