The Anchorage Assembly will take formal action tonight to accept the resignation of Assembly member Tim Steele, who announced his resignation last week due to health reasons.
Sam Moore, chair of the North Star Community Council, announced today that he will run for the seat in a special election that will take place in August, in that district only. The special election must be held within 60 days of Steele’s resignation.
Moore was instrumental in advocating for the passage of the bill that allowed ride-sharing in Alaska. He travelled to Juneau on his own dime to testify about the need for more transportation options for people like him, who do not own a car. Legally blind, he said today, “I may have poor sight but I have a bold vision for West Anchorage.”
From time to time, he has served as a guest host on local radio shows, analyzing political events of the day. He is an accountant who has lived in his district for over five years.
Moore, 33, graduated from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a focus on accounting and management. He has been involved in politics since the 2008 presidential election cycle.
A political moderate, he said he’s running because public safety and economic development are important to him and his neighbors in West Anchorage, which is an area from Campbell Lake to Chester Creek, and along C street. Assembly seats are not partisan, at least officially.
“Folks in South and West Anchorage like their suburban neighborhoods and want less traffic and more safety, more support for education, and folks in the north part of the district want more safety and economic development,” he said.
Moore will have a campaign website up later today. His Facebook page is SamforAnchorage, linked here.