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Polls Open: Tuesday May 5, 2015
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Polling Locations
Precinct No. 1 - Valdez Teen Center
Precinct No. 2 - Valdez City Council Chambers
Precinct No. 3 - Robe River Fire Station

For additional information, please contact the City Clerk's office at (907) 834-3468

Election Questions were mailed and e-mailed to all candidates for City Council & School Board. The answers in this publication are the printed exactly as received by KVAK.

City Council Candidates
Robert Mueller
Alvin Murray
Dawson Moore
Doug Davies
Greg Davis
H. Lea Cockerham
Lon Needles
Ryan McCune

Question #1 - CLICK HERE to read Candidates Answer to the Following Question, What experience do you have with budgeting, investments, and finance?

School Board Candidates
Dolores Gard
Kathleen Todd

Question #1 - CLICK HERE to read Candidates Answer to the Following Question, What experience do you have with budgeting, investments, and finance?

Monday, May 4th 2015
at City Council Chambers

Regular Meeting –7pm

Items include:
·         Approval to Award Allison Point Campground Operating Permit to Margaret Nylund for 2015 Operating Season

·         Approval of Professional Services Contract with Slavin Management Consultants for City Manager Recruitment Services in the Amount of $26,875.00

·         Approval to Purchase Telephone System for the Valdez Middle School from Copper Valley Telephone in the Amount of $58,205.06

CLICK HERE for full agenda

All meetings of City Council and School Board are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on
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