Deadline approaches for applications to fill vacant Dillingham City Council seat

Jan 6, 2020

The city council will select a candidate to fill the vacant seat until the municipal elections in October 2020.

The Dillingham City Council building, Jan. 6, 2019.
Credit Isabelle Ross/KDLG

A seat on the Dillingham City Council is empty. Former councilmember Axsel Buholm resigned in December. Buholm was elected to the council in October 2017, and his terms was set to expire in October 2020. The city is now looking for applicants to fill that seat until the municipal elections in October. Mayor Alice Ruby said the council hopes to decide on a new member at its next meeting later this month.

“That would be really timely for us, because we’ll be starting into the budget process, and there’s other things in progress that the person will be able to kind of catch up on and be involved in,” she said. 

To be eligible, candidates must have lived in Dillingham for at least a year and be registered to vote. Ruby said the council is also looking for candidates interested in serving.

“In the letters, we would hope that they would describe their interest in serving, and then also someone who has the time to devote to council meetings and to committees,” she explained. 

Ruby said that the seat is an opportunity for people to help make decisions that could have significant impacts on the city and its residents.

“You know, we’ve got important decisions to make, there’s a lot happening, and some of it comes down to finances over the next few years," Ruby said. "And so I hope that there are people out there that have been observing, and that are interested in serving on the council. It’d be great to have some new blood.”

Applicants can submit a letter of interest to the Dillingham city clerk by 5 p.m. on  January 9.

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