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Filing Period for Assembly and School Board Seats Closes Monday, July 26, 2021

Filing Period for Assembly and School Board Seats Closes Monday, July 26, 2021

The filing period for the City & Borough of Juneau Assembly and Board of Education (School Board) opened on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. and will close at 4:30p.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021. Visit our website for a list of currently certified candidates.

Voters will elect a Mayor, two Assemblymembers and three School Board members at the October 5, 2021 Regular Municipal Election which will be held as a Vote By Mail election similar to that conducted for the October 2020 Regular Municipal Election.

Offices to be filled (elected by the voters at-large):

One (1) Mayor – 3 year term

One (1) District One Assemblymember – 3 year term

One (1) District Two Assemblymember – 3 year term

Three (3) Board of Education (School Board) seats – 3 year terms each

Candidates for office must be qualified voters of the City and Borough of Juneau:

(1) Qualified to vote in State elections;
(2) A resident of the municipality for at least thirty days immediately preceding the election;
(3) Registered to vote in state elections at a residence address within the municipality at least thirty days before the municipal election at which the person seeks to vote; and
(4) Not disqualified under Article V of the Alaska Constitution.

In addition, candidates for Assembly must be a resident of CBJ for at least one year immediately preceding election to office. Also, candidates for Assembly District […]

Additional Information

2021 Candidate Filing Documents


This year the following seats will be on the October 5, 2021 Regular Municipal Election Ballot:

  • MAYOR (1 seat)
  • BOARD OF EDUCATION (School Board Member) (3 seats)

Below are links to the complete packets containing the Declaration of Candidacy form, Nominating Petition, and Official Candidate Statement form for each of the above offices:

Will you be traveling during the Municipal Election or do you need your ballot mailed to a different address then the one on file with State Division of Elections?

  • 2021 Temporary Address Application (link active by July 30)

As of May 3, 2021, the Municipal Clerk’s office received and approved three (3) Petitioner Committee Affidavits for the issuance of petition booklets for the following Charter Amendments:

Initiative Short Title: Limit Cruise Ship Hours

Initiative Short Title: Ship Free Saturdays

Initiative Short Title: Cruise Ship Size Limit

Copies of each of the three cruise ship related Charter Amendment Affidavits are linked above. Below are copies of the letter from the Municipal Clerk to the Petitioners Committees as well as a copy of Municipal Attorney Robert Palmer’s memo to the Clerk regarding legal review.

May 3, 2021 Municipal Clerk McEwen’s Letter of Instructions to Petitioners Committees

April 30, 2021 Municipal Attorney Palmer’s memo to Municipal Clerk

June 2, 2021 Letter to Assembly from Karla Hart on behalf of the Petitioner’s Committee (Juneau Cruise Control Board) in place of submitting the three Charter Amendment Petition Booklets.

In a separate matter, the following Petitioner Committee Affidavit for an Initiative Petition was filed with the Municipal Clerk’s Office.

Initiative Short Title: Vote By Mail Only During a Public Health Emergency

On Monday, May 10, 2021, the above initiative petition related to Vote By Mail elections was withdrawn by the petitioner committee’s representative.

Click Here for the Petition Process Flow Chart

We Want You! Uncle Sam ImageTo be eligible to vote in the City and Borough of Juneau, you must register 30 days prior to the election, at an address within the City and Borough of Juneau.

If a voter has changed a name, residence address or mailing address, an updated voter registration application should be completed. Voters may register to vote at any of the following locations during regular office hours:

  • State Division of Elections’ Office, 240 Main St., Room 601, Monday – Friday;
  • State Division of Elections – Region I Office, Mendenhall Mall, Monday – Friday
  • Municipal Building, 155 S. Seward St., Clerk’s Office Room 202, Monday – Friday; and
  • Any CBJ Library – check schedule for hours: http://www.juneau.org/library/contact_branch.php
  • Check your Voter Registration status or apply on-line at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/

If you have any questions, please contact the State Division of Elections directly at 907-465-3021.

Workshop on How to Run for Local Office – June 12, 2021

If you think you might run for office – or might work for someone who is – our annual FREE Workshop on How to Run for Local Office will provide you with everything you need to know about running for Mayor, Assembly or School Board, or serving on a CBJ Board or Commission. The 2021 Workshop is scheduled as a Virtual Seminar from 9am to 1:15pm on Saturday, June 12, 2021. To register and receive more information or use this online form below. If you have questions, email runforoffice.lwvj@gmail.com

To participate in the workshop, registration is required. Register online at http://juneaulwv.org/run/

At the Seminar potential candidates, their campaign helpers, or others who may only be thinking about running in the future, learn all about what the jobs entail, deciding and preparing to run, how to get elected, and what happens if/when you win. Each attendee will have access to a full ToolKit of information, including election requirements, the forms that have to be filed as well as many other resources for planning to make a run for the Assembly or School Board.

If you want to refer to the materials from past workshops, below are the Toolkit from the 2019 and 2018 workshops along with helpful links to State of Alaska websites and information are linked below.

2021 Candidate Filing Documents

This year the following seats will be on the October 5, 2021 Regular Municipal Election Ballot:

  • MAYOR (1 seat)
  • BOARD OF EDUCATION (School Board Member) (3 seats)

Below are links to the complete packets containing the Declaration of Candidacy form, Nominating Petition, and Official Candidate Statement form for each of the above offices:

2021 Toolkit – How to Run For Local Office Handbook

1) How to Run – Introduction
2) How to Run – The Job
3) How to Run – Legal Requirements
4) How to Run – Campaigns
5) How to Run – Preparing to Run

Link to Filing a Candidate Public Official Financial Disclosure Statement (required to run for office)

Alaska Public Offices Commission Link for Public Official Financial Disclosure Forms

Alaska Public Offices Commission Link for Campaign Disclosure Forms

Step – by – Step Guide to filing an APOC POFD

APOC Candidate Training Resources

  • Political signs do not require a CBJ Sign Permit for placement, but they must meet the following standards found in CBJ Ordinance 49.45.300:
  • Unlighted, political signs of up to thirty-two square feet each may be displayed on private property.
  • Signs may be installed no sooner than ninety days prior to the election date and shall be removed within five working days after the election date.
  • Political signs not relating to a specific election shall be limited to a display period not to exceed ninety days within one calendar year.
  • Unlighted political signs of up to four square feet may be displayed on private property up to two hundred seventy days prior to the election date and shall be removed within five working days after the election date.
  • Signs must be placed in a manner that does not obstruct the view of drivers to oncoming traffic.
  • Signs may not imitate traffic signs or signals, or be attached to or be placed adjacent to any utility pole, parking meter, traffic sign, signal, or official traffic control device.
  • Signs may not move, rotate or flash.
  • Signs on licensed, functional motor vehicles are allowed, provided that the primary use of the vehicle is not the display of signs and that such vehicle is not used as a static display for advertising. Please be aware that Alaska State Statutes considers political signs not located on campaign headquarters to be “off-premise advertising” and prohibits their placement on, adjacent to or where they may be viewed from state maintained highways and right-of-ways, including Egan Expressway, Glacier Highway, Marine Way, Ferry Way, Thane Road, Douglas Highway, North Douglas Highway, Mendenhall Loop Road, Fritz Cove Road, Mendenhall Peninsula Road, and Engineer’s Cutoff Road (AS 19.25.080-19.25.105) Questions regarding this may be directed to Right-of-Way Agent, AK DOT, 465-4541. More information is also on the State’s DOT Website at: http://dot.alaska.gov/stwddes/dcsrow/campaignsigns.shtml
  • Please review the signs made for your campaign and their placement and be sure that they meet the criteria above. Thank you for your cooperation with these requirements and good luck with your campaign!

For additional assistance regarding any Municipal Election, please do not hesitate to contact:

CBJ Clerk’s Office
155 South Seward Street, Room 202
Juneau, AK 99801
Telephone: (907)586-5278 FAX: (907)586-4550 TDD: (907)586-5351
or via our online form.

Election Workers Wanted!

In 2021, we will again be partnering with the Municipality of Anchorage to conduct this year’s October 5, 2021 Regular Municipal Election and it will still require the work of some dedicated Juneau citizens to make this work. We are still hoping to find some civic minded, hard working election workers to once again assist Juneau voters in conducting this year’s election. Over the course of the next few months, we will be hiring/re-hiring election workers for a wide variety of tasks. Some of the positions include:

  • Petition Signature Reviewers
  • Election Call Center workers
  • Vote Center workers
  • Ballot Drop Box teams
  • Absentee and Canvass Review Board workers
  • On Call Election Workers

There may be times when one or more of the above workers are not able to work during the assigned shift and/or other duties may arise during the election period which will require the use of an on call election worker. Dates, times, and duration of work will vary depending on need. On call workers may be asked to deliver and/or pick up ballots and election supplies from one vote center to another, ballot drop boxes, or other locations and will need to be licensed drivers and have reliable transportation for which they will be reimbursed for mileage. Some public interaction may be required and will require adherence to public health protocols.

Election Worker Qualifications

  • registered to vote in Alaska;
  • enjoy interaction with the public; and
  • ability to perform duties in a neutral/non-partisan fashion.

An election worker should not work or volunteer on the campaign of a candidate or an ballot initiative that may appear on the municipal ballot.  In addition, an election worker cannot have a familial relationship with a candidate on the municipal ballot. A familial relationship includes:

  • mother, mother-in-law, stepmother;
  • father, father-in-law, stepfather;
  • sister, sister-in-law, stepsister;
  • brother, brother-in-law, stepbrother;
  • spouse; or
  • person sharing the same living quarters.

Anyone interested in applying for any of our election positions, is encouraged to contact Municipal Clerk Beth McEwen at 907-586-5278 or send an email to City.Clerk@juneau.org.  Pay for election workers varies depending on the particular job and duties involved. Interested individuals will be asked to submit an updated CBJ job application available on our website at https://juneau.org/human-resources/employment-opportunities.