Former Juneau mayor wants his old job back

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- The former mayor of Juneau wants his old job back.

Jamie Parsons said Monday he'll run for mayor, regardless of what incumbent Mayor Dennis Egan is planning to do.

Writer and photographer Mark Farmer is the only certified candidate for mayor in the Oct. 3 city election.

Egan, who has been on the Juneau Assembly since 1989 and mayor since 1995, has not filed to run again. He did not return phone calls from the Juneau Empire to ask about his plans.

''The mayor needs to let the community know what you're doing well in advance,'' Parsons said.

Marketing consultant Patty Zimmerman has filed a nominating petition only for the mayor's job. City Clerk Laurie Sica said Zimmerman's petition hasn't been certified because it doesn't have enough valid signatures. Zimmerman could not be reached for comment.

Parsons, 59, was mayor from 1991 to 1994, when he stepped down to chair the Alaska Committee, a local group that worked to keep the state capital in Juneau. Parsons chaired the Mayor's Fiscal Task Force this year.

Parsons supports a road out of Juneau. He also opposes the flightseeing initiative on this year's ballot. It would ban tourism flights at some times and make it more difficult for the city to issue permits for new heliports.

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