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Caltagirone drops bid for Anchorage Assembly

Just a week after announcing his decision to run for Anchorage Assembly, Peter Caltagirone has said it’s too much — his job at DNR is his concern that takes his entire attention; the campaign would need more time than he’d estimated. He’s withdrawn from the race.

That leaves Rick Castillo as the leading conservative candidate up against Democrat Suzanne LaFrance.

This narrowed quickly, but the election begins in mid-March, so twists and turns may be ahead. Will a spoiler jump in and hand the seat to the Democrat incumbent for this heavily Republican district?

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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.

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  • It would be good to know what the new candidates are on the plastic bag ban. I will never vote for another assembly member if they are for the government having that much control over their citizens. Banning plastic bags is worse than communism.

    • Morrigan,
      Please see my comment in the thread (“Peter Caltagirone files for Anchorage Assembly”, MRAK, Oct. 17, 19). I look forward to the dialogue and engagement through many different mediums within the next few weeks. I will also be hosting fireside chats on Friday mornings at a South Anchorage coffee shop – exact location tbd. Please reach out to me @ [email protected] and visit

  • This District went from Romney +19 to Trump +10, all in the space of four years. Indeeed, Trump failed to get 50% of the vote here. It has lost its “heavily Republican” label due to polarization, I’m afraid.

  • More to the point, Rick gave no response to a few simple interview topics about which productive Anchorage residents seem to care most.
    (“Peter Caltagirone files for Anchorage Assembly” comments MRAK, October 17, 2019).
    Wonder if Rick Castillo might be persuaded to offer an op-ed piece outlining his views on these topics…

    • Correction: More to the point, Peter gave no response to a few simple interview topics about which productive Anchorage residents seem to care most.

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