The Anchorage Assembly will meet Thursday to interview and vote on applicants who have filed with the Municipal Clerk’s office for the temporary District 2, Seat C, which is being vacated by Rep. Jamie Allard, whose last day on the Assembly will be Jan. 17. The Thursday meeting to interview the candidates is planned for 2-3 pm on the ground floor of the Loussac Library, with the vote taken in a special meeting to be called immediately after the interviews.
The interviews and vote should be live on the Assembly’s YouTube page.
Filing for the seat, which will be interim until April 25, closes at 5 pm on Tuesday.
Several people have filed already, including three Republicans, two no-party candidates, and one Democrat”
- Scott Myers: Myers is a Republican, and a realtor from Eagle River who is also interested in the two-year seat.
- Ken McCarty: McCarty is a Republican, and a retired legislator, who ran for Senate against Sen.-elect Kelly Merrick and lost in 2022.
- Jason Thomas: Thomas is an undeclared candidate (no party), and is a lawyer who filed a challenge to Republican Rep. David Eastman’s ability to serve in office, thus an indication that he is a hardline liberal.
- Arthur Isham: Isham, a registered nonpartisan, is the owner and principal of Aerospace Logistics Services. He was Democratic Party nominee Joe Hackenmueller’s campaign treasurer for his legislative run.
- Jim Arlington: Arlington, a registered Democrat and Democratic Party State Central Committee officer, is employed by Afognak Leasing.
- David Syzdek: Syzdek, a registered Republican, is a software developer. He knows code.
There may be others who file for the seat by the 5 pm deadline on Wednesday. Check back with Must Read Alaska for updates.