FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

It’s a First: Metlakatla Elects a Woman Mayor

By TOM HESSE
Sentinel Staff Writer
    Metlakatla voters elected Audrey Hudson by a margin of 11 votes on Tuesday to serve as first woman mayor in the town’s 126-year history.
    “I’m very proud,” Hudson said in a phone interview.
    Hudson defeated Karl Cook 376-365. There won’t be a recount, she said.
    “The community was half and half. It was very, very close,” she said, adding that 746 people turned out to vote in the town of around 1,400 people.
    The Metlakatla Indian Community, the only reservation in Alaska, is located on Annette Island, about 15 miles south of Ketchikan.
    Hudson, who has a sister who works for SEARHC in Sitka, said she is humbled by being elected, and is more excited to get to work on the issues that face Metlakatla than she is to hold the distinction of being the first woman mayor.
    “The platform that I was running on was bringing the platform back to the people by communication and honesty,” Hudson said. “They know that I can do as well a job as anybody that made it into this office before myself, and it just so happens that I’m a woman.”
    Hudson added that she’s looking forward to getting started, and that she’s thankful for the support of the community that elected her.

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