- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - The southeast Alaska community of Saxman has a new mayor.

The Ketchikan Daily News (https://is.gd/ReDvJz) reports that 60-year-old Sylvia Banie became mayor after being elected to the position by the Saxman City Council.

The mayor in Saxman is not elected by popular vote.

Banie says she hadn’t campaigned for the position. She says her selection Monday was a surprise.

City administrator Leona Haffner says Banie is the first female city council member in Saxman to be selected as mayor.

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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