Palmer City Council could shift left in upcoming election

    Alaskans in cities holding Oct. 6 elections have until Sept. 6 to register to vote. Palmer’s upcoming election will determine two of the six city council seats in the historic Mat-Su town. These are three-year terms.

    The election features three candidates to fill two seats. Long-time Council Member Linda Combs, who was first elected in 2011, is attempting to retain her seat on the council, as is Sabrena Combs who was first elected in 2017.

    Linda Combs is 30-plus year resident of the town, having raised her children there with her husband John Combs – former mayor of the city. On her personal Facebook page, Linda is open about her Christian faith. She has a history of working to uphold the historic and traditional feel of the long-time farming community and colony-era town. Her focus has been on improving streets, roads, parks and other essential services.

    Political newcomer, Brian Daniels, is attempting to win his first election on the Palmer City Council. His campaign website contains little information on his political leanings, but he does express strong support for a plastic bag ban. He also states that he is “an avid lover of cats.” Daniels is co-owner of 203 Kombucha cafe which helped promote a local Black Lives Matter protest through its company Facebook page earlier this summer.

    Residents can register to vote in one of the following ways:

    • Online by clicking here.
    • Download the Voter Registration Forms here and mail them in.
    • In person at the Palmer City Clerk’s office (231 W. Evergreen Ave.), Mon.-Fri. from 8-5 p.m.  Bring one of the following forms of identification: Alaska Driver’s License, Alaska State Identification Card, Social Security Card, Voter Registration Card

    To vote in Palmer, a person must be a resident for at least 30 days preceding the election. This includes having a residence address with the city.

    Click here for information on voting options and polling locations.

    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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