(3-minute read) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW
The filing period for the April 2, 2019 Municipal election began Friday and ends Feb. 1, 2019 at 5 pm.
This will be the first full mail-in-only election that Anchorage will have held since it began using the method in 2017.
In 2017, the election was for Mayor, School Board seats and a hotly contested ballot initiative. In August, 2018, there was a minor mail-in-only election for Assembly Seat D, which was vacated by Tim Steele and was limited to West Anchorage.
This time, however, half of the Assembly is up for election, as well as a third of the School Board.
Although the Municipal Clerk’s Office is closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, candidates may send in their declaration of candidacy.
Those seeking information about how to file may have to search long and hard on the municipality’s web site, as the Election Division and Clerk’s Office pages are now difficult to find, after a recent web site remodel. We’ve posted relevant links below:
For Assembly, the seats up for election are:
- District 2- Seat A – Eagle River/Chugiak. This seat is now held by Gretchen Wehmoff, who was appointed by the Assembly to fill out the term of Amy Demboski, when Demboski joined the Dunleavy Administration.
- District 3- Seat D – West Anchorage, an area represented by Eric Croft and Austin Quinn-Davidson. Although he filed, Croft is bowing out because he has moved to another district. It’s his seat that is up for election. He is pushing the candidacy of like-minded Kameron Perez-Verdia.
- District 4- Seat F – Midtown Anchorage, an area represented by Dick Traini and Felix Rivera. Traini is term-limited and cannot run again, for the second time in his career, and it’s his seat that is up for election.
- District 5-Seat H – East Anchorage, an area represented by Forrest Dunbar and Pete Petersen. It’s Dunbar’s seat that is up for election. He is the chair of the Assembly.
- District 6- Seat J – South Anchorage, an area represented by John Weddleton and Suzanne LaFrance. It’s Weddleton’s seat that is up for election.
- The assembly candidate packet is here.
Eight candidates have already filed for Assembly:
District 2- Seat A: (This article has been corrected. No one has filed for this seat at of Jan. 23)
District 3- Seat D: Kameron Perez-Verdia, a Democrat.
District 4- Seat F: Christine Hill, a Republican, with Al Fogle as campaign chair and Julie Tisdale as treasurer. Megan Allison-Zalatel, a no-party candidate, has also filed.
District 5- Seat H: Forrest Dunbar, a Democrat.
Seat J: John Weddleton, no-party candidate.
For School Board, the seats up for election are:
- School Board – Seat A, Mark Foster, the incumbent, is serving an appointed, temporary term.
- School Board – Seat B, the incumbent is Starr Marsett
- The school board candidate packet is here.
Three candidates have filed so far:
Seat A: Margo Bellamy, a no-party candidate and Warren James Smallwood, a no-party candidate.
Seat B: Starr Marsett, a Democrat.
Board of Supervisors, including Road Service Areas packet can be found at this link:
Candidates for Municipal office must reside in the municipality of Anchorage, be a qualified voter, and meet other criteria. As for ballot initiatives, the deadline for submitting petition signatures is Jan. 28.