Chapter 5.15
CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

Sections:

5.15.010    Candidate qualifications.

5.15.020    Nomination of candidates.

5.15.030    Public official financial disclosure statement.

5.15.040    Correction, amendments and withdrawal of nominating petitions.

5.15.050    Review of candidate qualifications.

5.15.060    Prohibitions.

5.15.070    Notice of offices to be filled.

5.15.010 Candidate qualifications.

(a)    All elected officials of the borough, including members of the school board, shall be elected at the regular election in such years as the respective current term of the office to which they seek election shall expire.

(b)    A candidate for borough mayor must meet the qualifications as listed in KGBC 2.05.020.

(c)    A candidate for borough assembly must meet the qualifications as listed in KGBC 2.10.040 and 2.10.050(c).

(d)    A candidate for school board must meet the qualifications as listed in AS 14.12.080. [Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.30.010.]

5.15.020 Nomination of candidates.

(a)    Nominations for the filling of elective offices of mayor, assembly member and school board member shall be made only by petition of at least ten (10) qualified voters residing within the borough.

(b)    A nominating petition shall be in a form provided by the borough clerk and shall state the following:

(1)    The full name of the candidate, and the manner in which the candidate’s name is to appear on the ballot;

(2)    The full residence and mailing addresses of the candidate;

(3)    A statement that the candidate is qualified to fill the office as provided by law and the candidate’s willingness to do so;

(4)    The date and notarized signature of the candidate certifying the information contained in the nominating petition is true and accurate;

(5)    Any other information that the borough clerk reasonably requires to determine whether the candidate is qualified for the office as provided by law.

(c)    Nominating petitions shall be provided by the borough clerk not earlier than thirty (30) days prior to the opening of the filing period.

(d)    Nominating petitions shall be completed and filed with the borough clerk from August 1st through August 25th, 5:00 p.m. Should August 25th be a Saturday or Sunday, then candidates shall have until noon on the first Monday following to file their nominating petition.

(e)    If an office is to be filled for an unexpired term at a special election, nominating petitions shall be provided by the borough clerk not later than sixty (60) days prior to the special election and must be filed not later than thirty (30) days before the special election.

(f)    Within four (4) days after the filing of a nominating petition the borough clerk shall notify the candidate named in the petition and the person who filed it whether or not the petition is in proper form and is signed by at least 10 qualified voters. If the petition is deficient in any way, the borough clerk shall immediately return it to the person who filed it with a statement certifying wherein it is deficient. A new petition, or the same petition, if the deficiency is in the number of signatures, for the same candidate may be filed within the time for filing nominating petitions. [Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.30.020.]

5.15.030 Public official financial disclosure statement.

(a)    Candidates for elective borough office shall file a public official financial disclosure statement with the borough clerk as required by AS 39.50 at the time of filing a nominating petition. The name of the candidate shall be placed on the ballot by the borough clerk only after the candidate has complied with this requirement.

(b)    Each candidate is responsible for compliance with the campaign financing reporting requirements of AS 15.13. [Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.30.030.]

5.15.040 Correction, amendments and withdrawal of nominating petitions.

(a)    Any candidate nominated may withdraw his nomination at any time during the period for filing nominating petitions by appropriate written notice to the borough clerk. However, after the period for filing nominating petitions has closed, no nomination petition may be corrected, amended or withdrawn.

(b)    Any petition filed with the borough clerk shall not be changed as to term of office. A new petition shall be requested from the borough clerk if a candidate desires to file for a different seat. [Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.30.040.]

5.15.050 Review of candidate qualifications.

The borough clerk shall determine whether each candidate for borough office is qualified as provided by law. At any time before the election the borough clerk may disqualify any candidate whom the borough clerk finds is not qualified and immediately notify that candidate by certified mail. A candidate who is disqualified may request a hearing before the borough clerk within five days of receiving the notice. The hearing shall be held no later than five days after the request unless the candidate agrees in writing to a later date. [Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.30.050.]

5.15.060 Prohibitions.

(a)    A person may not serve simultaneously as mayor and as a member of the assembly, as mayor and a member of the school board, or as a member of the assembly and member of the school board.

(b)    No elected official of the borough may hold any other compensated borough office or borough employment or elected position in the state or federal government while in office. [Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.30.060.]

5.15.070 Notice of offices to be filled.

No later than July 15 of each year the borough clerk shall publish a notice of offices to be filled at the borough election and the procedure for making nominations. If posted on the Internet the post shall remain until the filing period closes. [Ord. No. 1827, §9, 4-3-17; Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.30.070.]