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Grace under pressure: Rebecca Logan responds

Before a KTVA reporter looked at Rebecca Logan’s court records, the candidate for Anchorage mayor had already gone over all of them with her family and her circle of advisers. After all, these were not just parking tickets.

Was her messy divorce over a decade ago, which dragged her into some financial problems and wage garnishment, going to come back to haunt her?

What about the DUI she received a decade ago — would it hurt her chances with the voters?

How would she explain it all without harming her former spouse? Her children? Her husband?

Logan’s family and friends said they were ready and they’d stand by her. She filed her letter of intent to run in September for the mayoral election that occurs starting about March 15, when Anchorage voters receive their mail-in ballots.

This week, KTVA TV News ran a report on these items.  It had an edge not typically seen in mainstream media. It scrambled the timeline on events surrounding her divorce and financial hardships. It misstated other events.

Logan found herself having to decide whether to take on all the inaccuracies, one by one, or just hold her head high and stick to the issues facing the city.

“What do you think Anchorage citizens are more concerned about? What happened in my debt and wage garnishment all those years ago, or what’s happening in this city with crime and the quality of life today?” she said this morning by phone.

Rather than relive a traumatic period of her personal life, Logan says the murder, property thefts, and deteriorating conditions in Anchorage are the issue voters care about.

Anchorage experienced 35 known murders in 2017, and more than 3,100 vehicle thefts.

Logan said that crime being out of control was a big motivating factor in her decision to run for mayor:
“Vehicle theft jumped by 73 percent in 2016, and another 50 percent year over year in 2017,” she said. “Everyone in Anchorage knows someone who has had their car stolen.” Meanwhile, there were eight violent crimes per 1,000 residents last year, and residents clearly feel unsafe, she said.

“I just want people to talk to me before making up their minds,” Logan said. “These bad things in life do happen to real people, and I’m no exception. My life is an open book — I’ve not tried to hide anything.

“But we all know that this city is heading in the wrong direction, and that’s what this campaign is all about — making Anchorage safer for families, safer for women, and safer for all of us,” she said.

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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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  • “How would she explain it all without harming her former spouse? Her children? Her husband?”

    Don’t know, don’t care…

    Figure it out, Rebecca, and do it soon.

    That’s what a leader does.

  • In my opinion, Rebecca is a real leader. Wish Liz Raines would investigate the sale of the electric utility The voters do not have all the information on what is behind the sale and what Mark Begich’s cut will be. The last time Begich was in a sale like this ATU the public lost nearly 400 million. This would not happen if Rebecca was in charge.
    I can tell you Rebecca would reduce crime in this town. No one would be caught shoplifting 20 times and go free .

  • No CARPET BAGGER elite trust-fund nincompoops as mayor…VOTE REBECCA LOGAN with real world experience!!!!!!

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