PUBLISHED: 5:00 PM on Wednesday, August 24, 2005
CBJ Deputy Mayor Marc Wheeler Announces Re-election Decision
Sitting Assembly member decides against running and endorses Bob Doll for Areawide Seat

On Friday, August 19, Deputy Mayor Marc Wheeler announced his decision not to run for re-election to the Areawide CBJ Assembly seat.

"This was one of the toughest decisions I've had to make," said Wheeler. "I have truly enjoyed serving on the Assembly and it's hard to give up the chance for three more years of service. On the other hand, I now have a two-year old daughter, and am looking forward to spending more time with her and my wife."

Wheeler was first elected to the CBJ Assembly in 2000 and was re-elected in 2002. He was elected Deputy Mayor in 2004 by his fellow Assembly members.

"I'm grateful to the citizens of Juneau for giving me the opportunity to serve the community during the past five years," said Wheeler. "Juneau is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, and it's been exciting to help guide the town from the Assembly level."

Wheeler cited the Dimond Park Community Center Pool as his last main priority on the Assembly. Wheeler championed the project in both his 2000 and 2002 campaigns.

"I am committed to helping get the pool on the ballot this October," said Wheeler. "And I will work hard campaigning for the pool this fall to make this important project a reality."

Finally, Wheeler announced his endorsement today for Bob Doll, who filed for the Areawide Assembly seat on Thursday.

"Stepping away from a possible re-election campaign was a tough choice, but it's a lot easier to do with another candidate in the race that I believe in," said Wheeler. "I've known Bob for the past five years. He's a hard-worker, has a strong character, and will do his level best to fight for Juneau's future."