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Susitna Council Candidate Statements
SUNSHINE – A candidates forum for the Susitna Community Council takes place
Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. inside Susitna Valley Jr./Sr. High School's temporary site, otherwise
known as the Upper Susitna Senior Center. Their statements, are below. One
candidate's statement was unavailable.
Candidates: Regular director (two year term) 4 seats open
My name is Wade Bartel and I am seeking election to a position on the Susitna
Community Council Board of Directors. I was born here in Alaska and my family
homesteaded in the Point Mackenzie area when I was a child. I moved to this area
fifteen years ago. I am a father to seven children, an author, and I own and operate a
local business. This is a critical time of inevitable change in our area and responsible,
concerned residents must get involved.
I am currently serving on the Susitna Community Council as Board President. I would
like to continue in my service to our community and have enjoyed being involved in
this capacity. My family homesteaded here in the Willow area in the 1960’s and I am
the eldest of 10 siblings. I am concerned for the lack of attention from the Mat-Su
Borough for our needs for the upper Susitna Valley and want to make sure our voices
I came to Alaska on vacation in 1975; and did not return to California . My husband
Fred and I purchased Sheep Creek Lodge in 2006 and enjoy living in the valley. I have
been in executive management positions and held leadership roles and/or participated
in numerous non-profit organizations. My experience has taught me to see, hear, and
understand multiple perspectives and find collaborative, creative solutions to meet
diverse objectives. I look forward to serving on the Susitna Community Council
Board and finding solutions that meet the diverse needs of the varied communities
represented by this council.
I am husband and father of four. I finished my Masters in California where stationed
while serving 8 years in the Marines. I was in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm
and spent 10 years working for the DOD as an IT specialist during both 911 and
Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have owned my own IT consulting business for over 14
years, participated in several community boards, volunteer organizations and, If
elected, I will do my best to insure this community continues to grow while not losing
the essence of what makes it a special place to live and play.
Candidates: Alternates directors (one year term) two seats open
I’ve lived here for 26 years and I really care about the future of the upper Susitna
Valley and want to see it remain a good place for our children to grow up in.
I lived in Alaska since 1976. I am a plumbing and heating contractor and would like to
give back and help in the community; that is why I am running as an alternate for the
Susitna Community Council.
Council Ballots Set in Upper Valley
By John R. Moses
ALASKA PIONEER PRESS
Local ballots are set for the Talkeetna, and Susitna Community Councils.
Talkeetna’s Community Council, Inc. has three open seats and four candidates; Cary Birdsall,
Larry Dearman, Meaghann Vaughan and Howard Carbone will be on the Oct. 6 ballot.
A rare outdoor council meeting in Talkeetna’s Village park Sept. 14 saw Vaughan and Carbone’s
names join the field.
The Talkeetna Council election happens on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Talkeetna Library. Eligible
voters are those with their primary residence within the Council’s boundaries. Polls are open
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The nomination period for candidates is now closed. The council will
meet Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., but the location has not yet been announced.
The Susitna Community Council may hear from its candidates when it meets Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in
Susitna Valley Jr./Sr/ High School.
Incumbent Council President Robert Coleman joins three new candidates for two-year seats —
Phenie Miller, Wade Bartel and Bronn Salmon. Council members Robert Ambrose, Sue Drover
and Mandy Hartley are not running. Scott Holcomb, Eric Runstrom and Davis Miller are seeking
one-year terms as alternates.
-- The Editor
Candidate Forum Oct. 1 in Sunshine