Cordova general election set for March 7

City council, school board, hospital authority board seats up for grabs

A minimum of eight candidates are being sought to run in the March 7 city election for two city council seats, one seat on the Cordova School Board, and five seats on the Cordova Community Medical Center Authority Board.

The deadline to declare candidacy is Feb. 7.

Timothy Joyce is the incumbent for city council seat B, and Tom Bailer for city council seat C. The three-year terms for both seats will expire March 7.

As of Jan. 24, there were no candidates.

Cordova School Board Member Sheryl Glasen, whose current term expires March 7, has declared her candidacy to run for another three-year term. Thus far, Glasen faces no other candidates.

“It’s not unusual at this stage of the game,” said Cordova Deputy Clerk Tina Hammer. “It’s still early. It seems normal to wait until the last minute to declare intention to run for a seat during elections.”

City Ordinance 1149, adopted on Dec. 21, created the new CCMC Authority Board. Seats to be filled in the election include one regular, three-year term; two regular, two-year terms; and two regular, one-year terms.

All those interested in any of these seats should fill out the paperwork in person with Cordova City Clerk Susan Bourgeois at City Hall.

“If, after an election, there’s a vacancy (on city council) – say, because no one ran, the outgoing councilor gets an option of staying on for one year, until the next election,” Bourgeois said.

Bourgeois said she’s never seen a councilor decline to stay on for another year when asked, although it is possible they may choose not to continue. Should that happen, standing members of the council would make appointments to fill any vacancies.

Interested individuals can contact the city clerk for more information by sending an email to cityclerk@cityofcordova.net or call 424-6248.

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Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson is a staff writer and photographer for The Cordova Times. She has been writing in one form or another for 30-plus years and has had a longstanding relationship with The Cordova Times starting in 1989. She's been an Alaskan since 1976 and first moved to Cordova in 1978. She's lived in various West Texas towns; in Denver, Colorado; in McGrath, Cordova, Galena, Kodiak, Wasilla, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska and in Bangalore, India. She has two children and three grandchildren. She can be reached at cgibbens-stimson@thecordovatimes.com or follow her on Instagram @alaskatoindia.