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Anchorage Assembly drafts timeline for redrawing political boundaries in city

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The Anchorage Assembly Reapportionment Committee has published a draft timeline for redrawing political boundaries in Anchorage, which will ultimately affect which Assembly members represent which citizens.

The voters passed a ballot measure this year adding a 12th seat on the Assembly that will represent the urban core of Anchorage, the most liberal area of town. That, plus the specific population data from the U.S. Census will require the redrawing of the boundaries.

The timeline:

Nov. 23 – Committee meeting

Nov. 23 – Assembly meeting declaration of malapportionment

Dec. 9 – Committee meeting review of initial plan, if available

Jan. 6 – Committee meeting of initial plan and prepare for town hall

Jan. 12 – Town hall meeting

Jan. 13 – Committee meeting review of town hall feedback

Jan. 20 – Committee meeting finalize plan for Assembly introduction

Jan. 21 – Agenda deadline to submit for introduction at Feb. 1 meeting of Assembly

Feb. 1 – Assembly meeting, introduction of final plan

Feb. 11 – Work session

Feb. 15 Assembly meeting, first public hearing

March 1 – Assembly meeting, second public hearing and vote on adoption

The Assembly has agreed in a committee today there will be no election for the District 12 seat this March-April because the timing is too tight. There will likely be a special election for that 12th seat later next year, but before 2023.

The next regular municipal election will be on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. The last day to file for office for the four expiring municipal Assembly seats (Perez-Verdia, Kennedy, Dunbar, Zaletel) is Jan. 28 at 5 pm. Ballots are mailed by March 15 and must be returned or postmarked by April 5. The final date to register to vote for the election is March 6.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • The Anchorage assembly does not represent the people, so what good is redrawing a map going to do?

  • Well, it can hardly get worse can it? There’s already enough garbage on the assembly to override any vetoes a sane mayor can use. So who knows? Maybe adding a seat will actually force the corrupt assembly to unpack the liberal gerrymandered districts, especially in South Anchorage?

  • Times too tight, because it would require the 11 members to all have to run for re-election this cycle. Worries about the last two years bad behaviors? 🤔

  • If you notice what they have done was to
    Eliminate Sen. Reidold’s district to silence her and when you study the map and who represents those districts you see demonrats and rinos gaining and conservatives loosing. What is coming will expose all the crooks and can’t be eliminated by re districting. Sen. Reinbold’s day of reckoning is coming and I for one will be dancing in the streets when the crooks in Juneau are facing their crimes ! They were all warned one the 1st night of the symposium by the 1st speaker. And Zink you cant run and spew your “BS ” but your day is coming and the CDC won’t protect you when it hits!!! L.O.L………..

  • Reapportionment should mean new elections for all assembly members, I would think.

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