By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Seven file for spots on October city ballot


August 17, 2017 | View PDF

The ballots haven’t been cast, but the names that will appear on the upcoming General Election have been penciled in. A total of seven candidates filed their intentions with the Seward City Clerk earlier this week to seek spots on the Seward City Council in the upcoming election.

Among those filing for seats on the city council are two incumbents, Sue McClure and Deborah Altermatt.

A longtime political figure, McClure is a former member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and was elected to the city council in 2015. Earlier in her career, she served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

Like McClure, Altermatt is no stranger to the local government scene. Before being elected to the city council in 2015, she served nine years on the Port and Commerce Advisory Board.

Three newcomers, Jeremy Horn, Suzanne Towsley and Katie Cornwell, will also be on the ballot.

Two noticeable absences from the filing period were Mayor Jean Bardarson and Vice-Mayor Marianna Kiel.

Two candidates filed the necessary paperwork to seek the mayor’s position in the upcoming election. Filing with Seward City Clerk Johanna Kinney were Tim McDonald and David Squires.

McDonald, who submitted his paperwork on Monday, August 14, has previously served part of a term on the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as sitting on the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association board from 2011-2016.

Squires, former chief of the Seward Volunteer Fire Department, is completing his second term on the city council. He was originally elected to the at-large council in 2013 and re-elected in 2015.

Candidates filing ...

The following candidates submitted their names to the Seward City Clerk’s office prior to the 5 p.m. deadline on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

City council

x-Sue McClure

x- Deborah Altermatt

Jeremy Horn

Suzanne Towsley

Katie Cornwell


Mayor of Seward

David Squires

Tim McDonald


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