Longtime Anchorage resident Dave Bronson declared his candidacy for mayor of Anchorage today. He made the announcement in the rain outside the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library in Midtown, where a crowd had gathered to protest illegal meetings of the Assembly and to support police officers.
Bronson was introduced to the crowd by Assembly member Jamie Allard, who endorsed him and called him a “true leader.”
“He will be vocal, fierce and strong; we the people will be his backbone and in turn he will defend the voice of the people, support the people and fight for the people. He will make decisions to better help the people and turn this city around,” Allard said.
“I have a lot of pride in this guy and I’m so glad he stepped up,” Allard said. “As an assembly woman I can tell you that there is no one that will be a stronger ally for us in the Mayor’s office than Dave Bronson.”
Bronson said he has been attending numerous rallies and assembly meetings, and has testified at on several occasions. He has seen firsthand people’s frustration and desire to take the city in a new direction.
“As your Mayor, I will never lock the doors to your assembly. I will never lock the doors to your business. And I will never lock the doors to your church. When federal relief money is given for COVID, that money should be used for COVID relief,” he said.
“As hard as this Mayor has worked to buy these buildings in Midtown, I would twice as hard to sell them,” Bronson said.
Bronson was joined by key supporters who have also given their endorsement, including former Lt. Govs. Craig Campbell and and Loren Leman.
‘Anchorage is facing an economic crisis caused by failed leadership. I am endorsing Dave Bronson to be our next Mayor. He has the vision to return Anchorage back to a vibrant, economically strong community by handling the homeless issue, streamlining government, and supporting law enforcement to ensure we have a safe and prosperous city,” said Campbell, who is the senior campaign adviser.
Born June 26, 1958 in Superior, Wisconsin, Dave earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
After graduation, he was an Active Duty Air Force Pilot from 1981 to 1990, USAF Reserves Plans Officer from 1992 to 1993, and an Alaska Air National Guard maintenance officer and pilot from 1993 to 2005, and has had a commercial airline pilot career since 1990.
While flying military aircraft, he met and married Debra. They have been married for 35 years and have raised two children, Katie and Zach.