Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Norton Gregory listed some of his priorities if elected Mayor during an interview with News of the North.
Norton Gregory lists fire rescue staffing, creating jobs and the economy, as the main issues as he starts his campaign for Juneau Mayor.
Gregory is serving his first term on the Assembly. He said he's enjoyed his public service so far, "We have made some pretty important decisions that impacts the long term health and sustainability of our community. I enjoy the public process and hearing from the citizens. With the Mayor not running for re-election I feel I am the right person for the job."
Gregory said he has the motivation, the desire and the dedication to be the next Mayor. "I think the time is right to take that step forward. I couldn't be happier than to run for Mayor this year."
He said being a younger candidate he might be able to motive younger professionals and the younger generation get involved in local government. He said he is an easy person to talk to who likes to see both sides of an argument before he makes a decision.
Gregory said the city needed to do a better job preparing for its aging population with more affordable housing, and assisted living. South East Alaska has the fastest aging population in the country, "I don't think we've taken enough steps to accommodate that segment of our community with assisted living, housing for our seniors and making housing readily available for seniors who want to downsize into other homes."
Gregory said he wants a healthy Juneau that is affordable to live in. "We haven't kept up with the need of our emergency response personel. The overriding issue is a stable economy, and creating jobs."