Municipal Election Profile: Meet Four Candidates for Nome Common Council

"I Voted" stickers at the polls in Nome, August 19 2014. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM.

Nome Common Council Seats C and D are up for election on Tuesday, Oct. 2, as part of the Nome Municipal Election.

For this piece, four of the city council candidates were able to be interviewed and introduce themselves, as well as what they feel to be Nome’s most pressing issues and possible solutions.

You will be hearing from Jennifer Reader, Keith Morrison, Meghan “Sigvanna” Topkok, and Lucas Sawyer.

This is a two-part profile. In Part 1, KNOM speaks to Jennifer Reader and Keith Morrison, who are running for Seat C. Meghan Topkok and Lucas Sawyer talk with KNOM in Part 2 about their run for Seat D.*

On the ballot are two City Council seats, two utility board seats and two seats on the Nome School Board.

Derek McLarty is running for utility board seat B, while David Barron is running for utility board seat C. Both are running unopposed. Sandy Martinson is running for re-election for School board Seat D, facing opposition from Gloria Karmun.

Citizens will also have the opportunity to vote on two ballot propositions. The first proposition asks citizens to raise the hotel/bed tax from 6% to 10%. Proposition number 2 gives citizens the option to repeal the additional 2% seasonal sales tax.

Part 1

Part 2

Image at top: file photo: “I Voted” stickers at the polls in Nome, August 19, 2014. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM.

*Note: KNOM’s efforts to contact Sarah Swartz about her run for Seat D were not successful.


  1. Miranda Musich on October 3, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Just curious – how come you didn’t contact Sarah Swartz as well?

    • Emily Hofstaedter on October 3, 2018 at 12:54 pm


      Thanks for your question. I did reach out to the number that the City of Nome provided for Sarah Swartz and was unable to reach her there. All candidates were contacted for an interview for this piece.