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Laura Kraegel

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan is coming to Unalaska.

Mayor Shirley Marquardt made the announcement at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

She said Sullivan's three-day visit later this month will be the Republican senator's first time on the island.

"He's visiting August 22-24, so that's a really good chunk of time," she said. 

Marquardt said the city is planning a public reception where Sullivan can meet with the community as well as private dinner between the senator and the City Council.

Greta Mart

Mayor Shirley Marquardt is running for reele​ction.

She's the fir​st person to declare her candidacy for city office, according City Clerk Cat Hazen.

Candidates have until August 18 to file for the October election.

Beyond the Mayor's seat, the ballot will include three spots on the City Council and three on the school board.

Laura Kraegel

Looking to run for local office?

Starting Thursday, Unalaskans can declare their candidacy for mayor, city council, or school board. 

Chrissy Roes/KUCB

The Unalaska City Council wants state officials to solve Alaska's financial crisis — and soon.

At a regular meeting Tuesday night, the Council passed a resolution urging legislators and Governor Bill Walker to compromise on fiscal legislation during this special session and fix the budget shortfall in the next three years.

The resolution passed unanimously, but not before councilors chose the wording carefully.

Jennifer Martin via Wikimedia Commons

Unalaskans can overturn the city's ban on commercial pot businesses — if enough of them vote for a new referendum in October.

The referendum earned a spot on the city ballot last week after a petition by local marijuana supporters gathered more than double the signatures required.

Supporters started the petition in February after the City Council narrowly passed a ban on all types of state-licensed marijuana businesses.