Merrill Sanford

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Merrill Sanford
Mayor of Juneau, Alaska
In office
October 11, 2012 – October 20, 2015
Preceded by Bruce Botelho
Succeeded by Greg Fisk
Juneau City Assembly member
In office
2002–2010
Personal details
Born (1947-07-17) July 17, 1947 (age 69)
Bellingham, Washington
Spouse(s) Patricia "Patti" Sanford (née Isaak)
Children 3 sons
Residence Juneau, Alaska
Alma mater Juneau-Douglas High School
Military service
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 4 years
[1][2][3]

It’s exciting — it’s a little bit scary — to be sitting in the mayor’s spot, but we’ll move forward together, and hopefully as we start to debate and start to discuss issues, we’ll grow as a team and we’ll become a better team to serve our community, because that’s what it’s all about. We’re not sitting here, as you all know, to glorify our own selves, but to glorify our city as the capital city, and to make us the best we can, and to help our brothers, and even sisters, in Southeast Alaska to be able to move forward also.

Merrill Sanford on his future as mayor of Juneau[4]

Merrill Sanford (born July 17, 1947) is an American politician who served as Mayor of Juneau, Alaska from 2012 until 2015.

Early life[edit]

Merrill Sanford was born on July 17, 1947 in Bellingham, Washington. A year later, his family moved to Juneau, Alaska where he has been a resident ever since. Sanford graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1966.[1] Before getting into politics, Sanford served in the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter mechanic in the Vietnam War for four years.[2] Sanford also worked for the Alaska National Guard for eleven years. In addition to military service, he spent two years helping to build the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System as well as thirty years as a volunteer firefighter for Capital City Fire/Rescue,[1] from which he retired in March 2001.[2]

Political career[edit]

From 1998 to 2002, Sanford was a member of the Juneau Planning Commission, a department of the city government that develops city projects. From 2002 to 2012, Sanford served as a member of the Assembly of the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska.[2]

Mayor of Juneau[edit]

In 2012, Sanford ran for mayor of Juneau. The election was held on October 2, 2012. Sanford won a majority of the votes (55.26%) while Cheryl Jebe followed with 44.32%. The election had a 19.64% turnout.[5]

Juneau mayoral election, 2012
Candidate Votes %
Merrill Sanford 3,334 55.26
Cheryl Jebe 2,674 44.32
write-in 25 0.41
Source: Our Campaign[5]

Sanford ran for reelection in 2015, but he lost badly to challenger Greg Fisk. He took just 33% of the vote to 66% for Fisk.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Merrill Sanford". Juneau Empire. September 21, 2012. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sanford, Merrill". Our Campaigns. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Juneau City Assembly". City and Borough of Juneau. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Miller, Mark D. (October 16, 2012). "Sanford sworn in as Juneau's mayor, Jones sworn in to Assembly, Nankervis unable to attend". Juneau: Juneau Empire. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Juneau Mayor". Our Campaign. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2015 Juneau Elections Guide". KTOO. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Botelho
Mayor of Juneau
2012–2015
Succeeded by
Greg Fisk