Anchorage Election Clerk Barb Jones to retire in June


Anchorage Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones has announced her retirement, effective June 30. She has served as the election chief for Anchorage for 24 years, reporting to the Assembly. Before becoming the city clerk, Jones was the city’s Ombudsman for one year and served 12 years as the executive director and staff attorney for the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission.
In her role as municipal clerk, Jones has worked alongside 11 Assembly chairs through four mayoral administrations. She was a leader in the state in pushing for all-mail-in and drop-box elections, which is how the Anchorage voters now cast their ballots.

She has also been blamed for not giving over what should be public documents to people who have made records requests, or being heavy-handed in redacting documents that should be public. She has lost in court three times to citizen Russell Biggs over her documented collusion with liberal members of the Assembly, which she refused to hand over public documents.

Jones has not been without other controversies. Many voters under the new mail-in system enacted by the Assembly — without a vote of the public — have had their ballots tossed because their signatures did not match that on file and they were not able to successfully “cure” their ballots.

Jones is considered by many in Anchorage to be a partisan actor who puts her thumb on the scale on behalf of Democrats who are on the Assembly.

“The Municipality is fortunate to have benefitted from Barbara’s service. She is a team player and has built incredibly successful teams that enabled Anchorage to reach its goal for easy, accessible and open Vote-At-Home elections. In the last regular election, 66,844 voters, or 96.4% of all voters, completed their ballots from home, demonstrating the impact and reach of her team’s work,” said Assembly Chair Suzanne LaFrance. “Additionally, she has helped the Assembly run meetings with accuracy and efficiency and oversaw several initiatives to improve access to the Assembly process, such as livestreaming meetings and making Assembly documents more readily available.”


    • If us conservative voters would have shown up to vote and conservatives won, we would be worshiping Barb Jones as the next coming of Christ.

  1. Voting should be in person with a valid picture ID with other forms of voting rare and exceptional.

    And on the subject of elections…jungle primaries and ranked choice voting both need to go. Bad ideas.

  2. Waiting until after the election, I see.
    If I were the tin foil beanie conspiracy nut I have been accused of, I might find that interesting…

  3. Good riddance to another radical neo-Bolshevik.
    I will forever damn her for her duplicitous campaign to bring the untransparent, intermediated, and eminently corruptible mail-in voting to Anchorage. It is clear why these radical leftists keep pushing for all these novel, complicated, and intermediated means of voting — so that they can insert THEMSELVES into the process, and massage the results to their liking. It is obvious and undeniable.

  4. Who gets the final say on who will replace this communist?
    Is it the mayor, or the Politburo… I mean “Assembly”?

  5. Ms. Jones did a great job during a very challenging time of transition in politics and voting. Anonymous trolls keep a lot of great people from public service, very unfortunate.

    • As usual, “frank”, your specious and laughable attempt to invert reality is a hoot.
      I do wonder, how do you radical leftist extremists manage to stay rooted to the ground in your world, where black is white, good is bad, and down is up? Shouldn’t you be floating off into space?

      • On more than one occasion I’ve requested “Frank” lead by example and post proof he is who he says he is.

        If it’s so important to “him”, you’d think he’d be happy to do so. Lead by example.

        Oddly enough, “he” chooses not to do so.

    • Distrust in elections keeps more great people out of public service.
      I might consider running for an Assembly seat if I actually thought the voters made a difference. But, with this stupid mail in voting scam, errr… I mean scheme, I have zero confidence the right person for the job will get elected.

    • You can continue your “anonymous troll” routine until the moon turns into green cheese. It won’t stick and nobody but you cares.

      When you lack cogent and common sense arguments, I suppose you gotta go with what you got.

  6. She is probably leaving to state before we find the truth about what she’s done that was illegal. The rats always jump ship before it sinks. She is up to something not good.

  7. Assembly members up for re-election have to find another Clerk, a Clerk whose bosses are the Assembly members, to count Assembly members’ re-election votes.
    As if Anchorage’s easily corruptible mail-in vote scheme isn’t corruptible enough, someone who works for the Assembly counts votes for Assembly members.
    What could possibly go wrong?


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