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Hey LaFrance, stop lying and deceiving the voters with ‘nonpartisan’ label

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By MICHAEL TAVOLIERO

Alaska District 28 is a voting district that spans from Anchorage midtown to Girdwood.  It is remarkably similar in size to Anchorage Assembly District 6, with not as much midtown.

Historically, it has looked at smaller government and fiscal accountability as the preferred approach to government.

In the August 2020 primary, there were three candidates.  On the Republican ballot, we saw incumbent Jennifer Johnston against newcomer, James Kaufman.  On the Democratic ballot, we saw Adam S Lees.

James Kaufman prevailed over Jennifer Johnston and moved on to the general election ballot.

On the Democratic side, after the primary election, something mysterious happened.  

Anchorage assembly aide Lees, who assisted Assembly Member Suzanne LaFrance with community outreach, engagement, presence, and policy research, disappeared from the general election ballot. He vanished , without so much as the sound of a light wind,

Has anyone noticed the change up in District 28 after the primary?

The current commentary on his withdrawal from the general election is non-existent.

Does anyone find that strange?

District 28 had Lees, a Democrat.  He was the only Democrat in the primary.  His name is not on the General Election ballot for District 28 as a Democrat.

Now a Democrat who calls herself “not a Democrat” has replaced him on the District 28 general election ballot.

In baseball, we call this a pinch hitter.  A pinch hitter is a substitute batter.  

Batters can be substituted at any time while the ball is dead (not in active play).  The team manager may use any player who has not yet entered the game as a substitute.  The replaced player in baseball is not allowed back into that game. The pinch hitter assumes the spot in the batting order of the player whom he replaces.  

While the ball was not in play Anchorage Assembly member LaFrance became the pinch hitter for the Alaska Democratic Party in District 28.  

Perhaps the team manager, Alaska Democratic Party Chair Casey Steinau saw the need for a pinch hitter, as Lees had no discoverable batting stats. 

With her recent political history on the Anchorage Assembly, will LaFrance’s record provide the needed home run Alaska Democrats need in District 28?

LaFrance, in her own words, decided to run for her state house campaign as a nonpartisan, instead of a Democrat, yet her political values have aligned with the Democratic Party long before her entry into the Anchorage Assembly in 2017.

In 2014, she signed the petition to repeal SB 21, the oil tax reform legislation, she supported marijuana legalization, and supported increased minimum wage.

On her website, she states, “In 2017, I ran for Assembly, and since elected, I’ve fought for the best interests of this diverse district. I’ve focus on improving public safety in our neighborhoods and along Turnagain Arm, ensuring our district schools are the best they can possibly be, removing obstacles for business owners, and respecting our property tax cap.”

But the proof is in her actions.

Suzanne LaFrance insists she is a nonpartisan.  This claim has been through her Assembly seat campaign and occupancy and is also the foundation of her District 28 campaign.  

The term, “non-partisan”, is defined as “free from any party affiliation”.

Can the voters of District 28 honestly conclude this definition fits the political ideology and affiliation which Mrs. Lafrance is asserting?

In reviewing her Alaska Public Offices Commission report, on November 6, 2019, Mrs. Lafrance paid the Alaska Democratic Party for $1,000 for “Voterbuilder Access”.  VoteBuilder is one of the software systems used by the Democratic Party and associated campaigns to track interaction with potential voters.

On April 1, 2020, Mrs. Lafrance’s campaign also wrote two checks totaling $176.35 to the Alaska Democratic Party for robocalls during her Assembly race.

Will the voters of District 28 consider these as nonpartisan?

During the 2020 District 6, Seat K, race in South Anchorage for the Anchorage Assembly featuring challenger Rick Castillo and first-term incumbent LaFrance, the Anchorage Daily Planet reported that as of March 6, 2020, LaFrance amassed a campaign war chest of over $55,500, almost $15,000 was from public employee unions. Union donations, in fact, amounted to nearly 27 percent of her contributions.

Will the voters of District 28 consider this as non-partisan?

On July 6, 2020, LaFrance created a future campaign account with surplus funds.

On September 10, 2020, LaFrance filed her candidate registration form for her current campaign for House District 28.

During her representation of Anchorage Assembly District 6, LaFrance joined Assembly members Christopher Constant, Felix Rivera, Forrest Dunbar and Pete Petersen as part of the 9-2 majority that happily rammed their we-know-best plastic bag ban down the city’s throat.

Will the voters of District 28 consider this as nonpartisan?

In front of a sparse crowd and after rejecting a broad-based sales tax that actually would have helped property taxpayers, the Anchorage Assembly put on the April 7 ballot a 5 percent retail alcohol tax – the same tax voters rejected just nine months before.

LaFrance, together, with her “nonpartisan” allies voted to put this on the ballot.

Will the voters of District 28 consider this as nonpartisan?

The recent actions which LaFrance as an Anchorage Assembly member participated with the Mayor of Anchorage’s lock down of the Anchorage produced the decimation of many small businesses and the implosion of our schools.

Will the voters of District 28 consider this as nonpartisan?

She led the charge and sponsored an amendment to have protestors wear masks and social distance or be thrown out of chambers and thrown off municipal land if violated outside.

Will the voters of District 28 consider this as nonpartisan?

She has failed to protect the rights of the citizens of her Anchorage District 6 by voting to keep the public out of public testimony during the Mayor’s attempt to use CARES Act funds for questionable purposes.

Will the voters of District 28 consider this a nonpartisan?

The term, “nonpartisan”, is defined as “free from any party affiliation”.

LaFrance’s assertion that she is nonpartisan is not honest and a poor start for winning the trust of the voters of District 28.

Her party affiliation uncertainty and her tendencies support big government and not protecting the rights and wallets of working Alaskans, especially the hard-hit voters of District 28.

It may be a difficult choice for LaFrance when the time comes to choosing between loyalty to District 28 constituents and those constituents who paid for her entry into the state house.

Alaska State Senator Mike Shower recently stated, “It’s recently become the norm for left wing candidates in Alaska … to infiltrate politics because Alaskans have (often rightly) been skeptical of our two major political parties. Al Gross flat-out admitted it when speaking to those major democrat donors. I don’t care if you’re a left winger but step up and admit it – run as who you are – democrat. Stop the lying and deception. If you’re going to lie about who you are and what you truly represent from the start – why should anyone trust you’ll not do the same once elected? Perhaps that’s the first question people should be asking.”

For the voters of District 28, the choice is clear.  Vote James Kaufman.

Michael Tavoliero is a realtor at Core Real Estate Group in Eagle River, is active in the Alaska Republican Party and chairs Eaglexit.

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  • James Kaufman will be a great representative for those of us in South Anchorage. He has my vote!
    Vote for Roger Holland for State Senate as well. These two are the real deal conservatives!

    • George, what exactly is it that you ” conservatives ” are trying to conserve?

      • David:
        I will answer, not for George, but for myself, as I identify as a conservative.

        What am I trying to conserve?
        *Economic prosperity. Which means less, not more regulations and taxation. Note, I did not say NO regulations or taxes, I said less.
        *The environment. Yes, as a conservative, I am interested in conserving the environment. However, that does not mean eliminating existing energy sources, or placing ridiculous levels of restrictions on people and businesses. Another note, the US is a very wealthy nation, and has the luxury of caring about the environment. However, when caring about the environment is put ahead of preserving that wealth, you will lose both.
        *Personal freedoms. I want to be able to own guns, cars, big TVs. I want to be able to express my opinion without fear of doxxing. I want to be able to go to work without being forced to attend sensitivity training because of my skin color. Freedom of speech means that I am allowed to say things that may hurt your feelings.
        *A representative government. No, sorry folks. The US is not a democracy. It is a representative democratic republic. We elect people to represent our interests at the local, state, and national level. And, 2020 has clearly demonstrated that those identifying as liberal are not interested in hearing from anyone that disagrees with what they already decided was best.
        *My family unit. Yes, I want to conserve my family unit. I do not want the Assembly to pass laws that tell me that I cannot seek therapy for my child if they are having normal teenage thoughts.
        *My income/wealth. I want to conserve my personal income and wealth. I worked hard to get where I am, and frankly, I resent the “progressives” that think I somehow owe the fruits of my labor to someone else. And, no, I do not want to pay for your child’s college. This $22M shell game the City is playing with taxpayer dollars is one of many examples of putting the wants of a few above the needs of the taxpayers.
        *I want to conserve the voting process. One person, legally allowed to vote, gets one vote. Mail in voting, no ID requirement, people left on the rolls when they died or moved. All of that is a recipe for voter fraud. In person voting, photo ID, and if it were up to me, inking the index finger to make sure you cannot vote twice is the way to go.
        * I want racism to go away. And, the way to make it go away is to do the opposite of recent events. Kneeling for the National Anthem focuses one’s vision on skin color. It does the opposite of making people equal, it makes people stand out because of their skin color.

        What do we want to conserve? Freedom, family, and the US.

  • Their brand is so toxic they have to label themselves something else to have a shot at winning. Used to be only RINOs did the false advertising thing, but this new crop of Dems (LaFrance, Galvin, Gross, et al) have taken it to another level..

  • Are there *ANY* so-called nonpartisans that are not de facto Democrats?

    Just like Gross, Al her values are to the left and she will caucus with the democrats.

    They are embarrassed by what they are and refuse to admit the truth.

  • The Democratic Party has become so corrupt & incompetent that even dyed – in the wool Party insiders are loathe to put a D after their name when running for elected office. Absolutely pathetic.

  • Earlier this year, I wrote twice to Ms. LaFrance and another assembly member with opinion and a request that the Assembly curtail the Mayor’s emergency powers. The other assembly member, although he disagreed with my views, took time to respond with his arguments, thoughts and concern. Ms. LaFrance? Crickets. ….and the ongoing results speak for themselves.

    I believe Mr. Kaufman will do a much better job representing the people of his district than Ms. LaFrance: regardless of the conservative / liberal label, Mr. Kaufman is interested in representing the people of his district vs. the obvious intent to use government to impose a personal view of the world.

  • Exactly, great information

  • I had decided to not only vote against LaFrance, but to actively support her opposition. Over the last year, the Assembly has demonstrated clearly they have no interest in working for the benefit of the population at large, and LaFrance has done absolutely nothing except sweep along with the tide. In fact, she sponsored the legislation (forget the AO right now) that would allow the homeless to be settled across the Anchorage bowl. What kind of representatives identifies the homeless as a problem then sponsors legislation that will move that problem into their district?

    Her continued support of the Emergency Authorization that has done nothing except harm the Muni residents and empower a singe individual should be reason enough to keep her from ever holding another public office.

    We do not need to promote a person that has idled their way through their time on the assembly. A mediocre performance on the Assembly is not a qualification for movement to the State level.

    • Either late last year or early this year (or many months before that ordinance was introduced), KTUU ran a story on the emergency cold weather shelter program hosted by numerous churches around town. That story gave the greatest amount of mention to St. John United Methodist Church. Do you need me to tell you where that is? If so, it’s on O’Malley Road, in her district. In other words, there are already homeless people seeking shelter in South Anchorage.

      • Well, still a bit away from my personal residence, but too close for my tastes.

        The moment I start seeing homeless people around my neighborhood, I am going to give them a sandwich, a couple bottles of booze, and a ride to Suzanne LaFrance’s street.

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