Bert Cottle has made it a three-way again. After dropping out of the election for Mat-Su Borough mayor due to health issues involving chemotherapy, three weeks later Cottle has said he’s back in.
“That’s right, I’m still in the race for Mat Su Borough Mayor. Initially I tried to withdraw from the race after finding out I was going to have to go through chemo therapy. This would make it difficult to campaign, attend community council meetings and candidate debates. But the withdrawal time had already passed, so my name remains on the ballot. Since that time, I have responded well to my chemo treatments, and I have had many calls and messages from residents asking me to stay in the race. So I have made the decision to actively get back in this race and give it 100 percent. Although I’m feeling positive about my ability to be effective as mayor, if for any reason in the future I would have to resign from office, a special election would take place. This would open up the opportunity for a whole new list of candidates and more choices for borough residents. If you still believe in a bright future for the Borough and feel I am the one to help get us there, I ask for your vote on November 2nd,” Cottle wrote on Facebook.
Cottle is the former mayor of Wasilla. Other candidates for borough mayor are Edna DeVries, currently the mayor of Palmer and Matthew Beck, formerly on the borough Assembly.