Cody Shoemaker talks about his candidacy for mayor

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Cody Shoemaker, 27, admits he is a novice when it comes to politics.

    Shoemaker said fighting crime, lowering the cost of living and finding day care for young families are some of the major issues he's pushing in the campaign.

    "I came back from college and saw how the community has changed.  The prevalence of crime and drugs, unemployment is high and the cost of living is incredible.  It is rough out here.  A lot of people representing Juneau don't represent the entire community."

    Shoemaker has a full-time job at the airport and is juggling the campaign around his schedule.  He said one issue he hears about from people is the lack of day care for young families, "We don't have any daycare for working adults.  A lot of them can't afford to pay.  One of my friends pays $900 per month for infant day care.  I want to work on a project that would benefit the families and children and look out for the little guy."

    Shoemaker also vows to work on the drug problem in Juneau.  He said several friends have overdosed and died.  He added drug addictions are hard to combat.

    "We have had a high spike of burglaries.  My coworker parent's had their home burglarized and their rifles and handguns were stolen.  This puts more danger into the community," he added.

    He said everyone in Juneau is impacted by the drug and crime issue.  "I want to take into consideration what people are worried about.  Juneau is in a recession.  A lot of people are struggling and it is rough out here."

    Other issues include a lack of affordable housing.  "I don't have experience in being a politician.  I don't want experience being a politician.  I'm not doing this to be a politician.  I think there are little incremental things we can do to improve the lives of the average Juneauite.  I want people to know there is somebody out there that is thinking about them."

    Shoemaker said he supports building the new Juneau Arts and Culture Center but does question who pays for it, " I don't know its a need rather than a want.  The current venue is still functional.  I don't think the CBJ funding a large project like that is going to benefit the community as a whole."

    Shoemaker said he would like to see the new JACC built and called it a terrific idea,  "We are rated highly for arts in the community and I'd like to see it stay that way.  The plans are pretty expensive and I don't see them as a need right now."

    He also supports the Best Starts Initiative and would support preschool education, "The Best Starts program would benefit the community here, the students and the education.  I think we'd like something like that pushed in a positive direction to benefit the citizens here."





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