Juneau, AK (KINY) - A Juneau local has officially started the process to be a part of the Juneau Assembly. Michelle Bonnet Hale has filed her Letter of Intent.
With Jerry Nankervis leaving the Assembly later this year, this opens up the seat. Throwing her name into the hat, Michelle Bonnet Hale of Juneau has recently filed a Letter of Intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for that District 2 Valley seat on the CBJ Assembly.
According to a press release, Hale was born in Juneau and raised in Southeast Alaska and will be running after a 30-year career in private sector and state service in Alaska. For the last six years, she served as the Director of the Division of Water at the Department of Environmental Conservation. She is now a local business owner where she sellers her late father Herb Bonnet's artwork and art cards.
“I love Alaska, I love Southeast Alaska, and I love Juneau,” she shared in that press release. “And I get what living here is: I have fished here, I still have a hand troll permit! I lived in the sticks on Prince of Wales Island when I was a teenager; I have gotten this place on me. And I love it, weather and all.”
“The local level is where the rubber meets the road, this is where the gnarly problems are. I like solving problems and I want to be of service to my hometown. We’ve got some complex issues in Juneau – the opioid epidemic, public safety, the new JACC. And new issues will always arise. I am eager to work through these with my fellow Juneauites.”