The distance from Utqiagvik to Anchorage may be over 700 miles, but for Josiah Patkotak, it’s all about building relationships for the North Slope Borough with people all across the state.
About 40 people showed up at the fundraiser for Rep. Josiah Patkotak, who is running for the mayor of the North Slope Borough. The event at Little Italy in Anchorage brought out well known names like Adam and Joey Crum, former Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash, former DEC Commissioner Jason Brune, oil company executive Ray Latchem, and Rick Green, who is with the Department of Fish and Game.
The election for the North Slope Borough seats are the same as most other local entities around the state — Oct. 3. Also running in the race for mayor are Anthony E. Edwardsen, John Hopson, Doreen Lampe.
In his remarks to the group at Little Italy, Patkotak spoke about building relationships on behalf of his community throughout Alaska and strengthening the local economy on the North Slope.
Also running for seats in the North Slope Borough are Assembly candidates Rex Allen Rock Sr., Eva Kinneeveauk, Don Anthony Nungasak, Martin Edwarsen, Doreen June Leavitt, Corrine Danner, and Frederick Brower. Robyn Burke, Qaiyaan Harcharek, and Frieda Kaleak are running for school board. No Assembly candidates filed for Point Lay’s seat and no school board candidate filed for Point Wainwright’s seat.
If Patkotak wins, he will relinquish his seat in the House of Representatives, and the governor will appoint his replacement for District 40. Patkotak is not a member of any political party.