Palmer mayor and former Wasilla mayor both running to be Mat-Su Borough mayor


The conservative mayor of Palmer has filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for mayor of the conservative stronghold, the Mat-Su Borough.

Mayor Edna DeVries will be on the ballot along with the former Mayor of Wasilla Bert Cottle, who filed in March for the seat.

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The borough’s current Mayor Vern Halter is term-limited.

Elected first as mayor in October 2016, with a term ending in October 2022, DeVries served as a council member from 1979 to 1982; 1996 to 1999; and 2010-2016. 

She is a former Mat-Su Borough Assembly member, former Mat-Su Borough Mayor, and State Senator. She was the City of Palmer’s treasurer/finance director and was secretary for the Alaska Republican Party.

Cottle, who is not affiliated with a party, was a Democratic candidate for District 12 of the Alaska House of Representatives in 2010, and ran for State Senate in 1998. He was mayor of Wasilla from 2014 to 2020. He was board member of the Alaska Gasline Port Authority, chairing the board from 2009-2010; member of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board; and was chief of police for the City of Valdez. He was also on the board of the Alaska Municipal League and served as chair.

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Both Palmer and Wasilla are cities within the Mat-Su Borough.

The Borough will hold its regular election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. The following offices are to be filled at the election:

  • Mayor – three-year term ending November 2024
  • Assembly District 3 – three-year term ending November 2024
  • Assembly District 6 – three-year term ending November 2024
  • Assembly District 7 – three-year term ending November 2024
  • School Board District 1 – three-year term ending November 2024
  • School Board District 4 – three-year term ending November 2024

Candidate Declaration packets will be available on Wednesday, August 11. The Candidate Declaration filing period is Monday, August 16 at 8 a.m. through Friday, August 27 at 5 p.m. Candidate declarations shall be submitted in original form to the Borough Clerk’s office. They cannot be transmitted electronically. 

More information about the filing process is at this link.


  1. Current MSB Mayor Vern Halter is term limited out and can’t run again. He has served 2 terms, winning in October 2015 and then being re-elected in October 2018.

    • Proof? What nutty leftie schemes did Bert promote during his two terms of leading the municipality with the best economy in Alaska? He may have run as a D in the past, but he sure governs like a true R.

      • That’s not true, look at his campaign contributions. All from public sector labor unions and the democratic national committee.

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