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Final list of Anchorage candidates

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Today was the deadline to drop out for those who filed to run in the April 2 Anchorage municipal elections.

Clayton Trotter dropped from his candidacy for the District 2, Seat A, representing Eagle River. That puts Republican Crystal Kennedy in a clear advantage over Democrat Oliver Schiess in this strongly Republican neighborhood.

For School Board Seat A, James Smallwood has dropped, leaving a two-way race between Republican Kai Binkley Sims and Margo Bellamy, undeclared.

For School Board Seat B, Paul Hatcher withdrew, but there are three candidates left: Ronald Staffer (undeclared) and David Nees (Republican) are trying to unseat Starr Marsett, the Democrat incumbent. A three-way race favors the incumbent.

Candidates for Assembly – 3-year terms

District 2 – Seat A – Eagle River/Chugiak: 

Kennedy, Crystal

Schiess, Oliver

District 3-Seat D – West Anchorage:

Vasquez, Liz

 Darden, Dustin

Perez-Verdia, Kameron

District 4-Seat F – Midtown Anchorage:

Zaletel, Meg

Hill, Christine

Alleva, Ron

District 5-Seat H – East Anchorage:

Dunbar, Forrest

District 6- Seat J- South Anchorage:

Weddleton, John

Candidates for School Board – 3-year terms

School Board Seat A:

Binkley Sims, Kai

Bellamy, Margo

School Board Seat B:

Marsett, Starr

Stafford, Ronald

Nees, David

Candidates for Service Area Board of Supervisors, including LRSA (limited road service) Seats: 

Fuller, Deanne – Bear Valley, Seat B

Stoltze, Bill – Chugiak Fire, Seat C

Glover Jr., James – Girdwood Valley, Seat C

Martin, Michele “Shelly” – Glen Alps, Seat C

Marks, Roger – Glen Alps, Seat D

Price, Allen – Lakehill, Seat A

Leary, Collin – Mt. Park/Robin Hill, Seat E

Haywood, Harry – Sect. 6/Campbell Airstrip Rd, Seat D

Trueblood, Ted B. – Sect. 6/Campbell Airstrip Rd, Seat E

Valantas, Robert – Sequoia Estates, Seat C

Wallow, Brian – Skyranch Estates, Seat C

Jorgensen, Lawrence – Talus West, Seat C

Marcy, Ruth A. – Totem, Seat A

Dwiggins, Leon – Upper Grover, Seat C

Pease, David – Upper O’Malley, Seat C

Strand, Paul – Valli Vue, Seat C


Anchorage votes by mail. If you’re new to the Anchorage or if you moved recently, you could miss getting a ballot. The ballots are mailed out 21 days before Election Day, approximately March 20. Traditional polling locations are not available, but there will be a couple of accessible voting places for people who need help.

Residents with questions about Vote by Mail can call the Voter Hotline at 907-243-VOTE(8683), or may email [email protected], or visiting

To vote in a Municipal election, you must be registered to vote and your registration must be where you actually live, otherwise you won’t receive a ballot. The deadline for Voter Registration updates for the current election is Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Voter registration information is here.

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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.

Latest comments

  • Suzanne,

    How about another article about the increased cost of the mail in voting system adopted by the Municipality of Anchorage and the number of increased voters gained by this new system over the old fashioned way of requiring voters to get to the polls to cast their votes.

    This is what I have for notes on the subject. I am sure that you could check my numbers.

    2015 Municipality election – 70,650 ballots cast – cost for election – $451,000

    2018 Municipality election – 79,295 ballots cast – cost for election – $1,040,300

    cost for the added 8,645 ballots cast in 2018 – $589,300

    cost per additional ballot cast – $68.00

  • With respect, Randall, cost is not the issue.
    Our Anchorage Assembly heard the peoples’ call for convenience and guidance when voting.
    Now the people can vote at home, and representatives from civic-minded organizations, who speak their language, can show them how to vote and mail their ballots for them.
    Remember how well the Great Alaskan LeDoux Vote Experiment worked and think how well it can work for the whole city.
    Even dead people can vote!
    So, forget cost, money’s no object, and best of all, no tax or bond gets left behind.
    What’s not to like?

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