Alejandro “Bong” Tungul Appointed to City Council
Wednesday, March 27 2013
Council filled a vacant seat at Tuesday night’s meeting, although not with either of the two original candidates.
Earl “Skip” Southworth was not present at the meeting, and Doanh Tran withdrew her name from consideration for the seat after Southworth raised concerns over her residency.
According to a memo from city attorney Brooks Chandler, Tran did not qualify as a candidate because she wouldn’t have been registered to vote in Unalaska for one year by the time of her appointment or election.
Before voting on Southworth, mayor Shirley Marquardt explained Tran’s withdrawal and asked if any other residents would like to run for the council seat. Alejandro “Bong” Tungul, a 34-year resident of Unalaska, asked to be considered. Tungul manages the Gas ‘n’ Go and has served as a volunteer firefighter.
Councilor Dennis Robinson moved to elect Southworth, with councilor Dave Gregory seconding. The measure failed 3-2, with councilors Roger Rowland and Zoya Johnson voting no.
Robinson then moved to elect Tungul, with councilor Gregory seconding. The motion passed unanimously. Tungul was sworn in, and then left the meeting early to attend a funeral.
At the meeting, council also approved an $18,000 contract with PND Engineering to write a maintenance protocol for the emergency mooring buoy, and a $17,000 contract with aHa! Consulting to build and host a new website for the city of Unalaska.