Fairbanks borough mayor candidates square off at debates
by AMANDA BOHMAN, abohman@newsminer.com
Oct 25, 2009 | 1918 views | 3 3 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FAIRBANKS — The two hopefuls for Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor will square off at debates and forums this week beginning Tuesday with a live debate on KXD-CBS 13.

Voters will choose between assembly members Luke Hopkins and Tammie Wilson at a runoff election Nov. 3.

“There are several important issues facing our community, and this is a great way to allow the public to hear what the two candidates for mayor have to say,” the TV station’s general manager, Chris Fry, said in a written statement.

Former Anchorman Bill Burrows will host the debate, which is being sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks journalism department.

The debate airs at 7 p.m. Candidates will ask questions of each other and the public can submit questions to news@tvtv.com, a news release stated.

At 9 p.m. on the same day, KJNP will feature the mayoral candidates on its station, Channel 4.

On Thursday, KFAR 660 AM radio is hosting an hourlong debate in the Borough Assembly chambers. The debate will be styled after the Abraham Lincoln-Stephen Douglas debates.

The public is invited, and the debate will be broadcast live on the radio at 7 p.m., organizer Steve Floyd said. Floyd is a program director and radio personality.

“Basically, it’s a back and forth just between the candidates,” he said.

On Friday, the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce is hosting a noon forum at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.

A buffet lunch will be available for $18. The forum is otherwise free.

The chamber is encouraging attendees to RSVP via e-mail at RSVP@FairbanksChamber.org.

Audience questions will be accepted as time allows, a news release stated.

Contact staff writer Amanda Bohman at 459-7544.

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October 27, 2009

Guess you stuck your foot in it, Hopkins looks like a bumbling fool. "I would like...to be...mayor...of Fairbanks." lol He can barely speak!
October 25, 2009
Keep it simple candidates. You both have never been a mayor and your answers to questions should answer the question. Don't promise me anything beyond the scope of your duties we give you as our mayor of a second class borough.

You can't build us a pipeline, improve our schools or prevent the swine flue. Your job is to oversee a second class borough by funding an education system, the garbage, the parks and the dogs and cats. You will oversee our fire and road service areas as required to facilitate those living in their specific service areas.

Keep all your dreams and warm and fuzzy feelings from spending all my tax dollars to yourself until you run for a state office or sainthood.

As mayor you will get paid a lot and you will have well paid staff to do all the work for you to make a decision. You need a secretary and an assistant to answer the phones and coordinate administrative duties with the borough assembly while you attend chamber luncheons or other community events you think are relevant.

If you need more staff than that to do all the work for you it would be nice to adjust your salary accordingly so we pay the same regardless of how may czar positions you may create.

Economic development means my property values go up and the mil rate goes down. How you accomplish this is going to be your duty and you should not have to buy this information with our tax dollars to figure it out.

Being the mayor of a second class borough does not give you the power to: 1) save the world; 2) save the whales, and; 3) save the poor. Your duties mandate that you use your professed wisdom and experience to allow us to do these things in a manner we deem appropriate.

Keep it simple candidates!

October 25, 2009
These debates/forums are great places to watch Tammie Wilson stumble, stammer, and botch simple answers.

Should be entertaining.

Will she still continue to hopelessly inflate her resume or will she just drop the charade?
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