Eight Vying for Mat-Su Borough Mayor

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Eight men are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough mayor’s position in a special election set for next Tuesday.  According to Borough clerk Lonnie McKechnie, that’s a big field of candidates

The Borough mayor’s job pays a bit over $19,000 a year, plus expenses.  The vacancy came after former Borough mayor Talis Colberg resigned last year to take a job with the Matanuska Susitna campus of the University of Alaska.

The winner of the upcoming mayor’s election will fill out Colberg’s term until October of 2012.   The Borough mayor’s duties are in part to preside over Borough Assembly meetings, breaking tie votes if necessary, and presenting the face of the Borough at local ceremonies.

A hired manager presides over Borough day to day affairs.

The candidates are Larry DeVilbis, John Leiner, Brian Sullivan, Kurt Jarmer, Bruce Walden, Kenneth Clark, David Wilson and Jeff Ward.

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