A petition to recall Anchorage Assemblyman Forrest Dunbar was filed today with the Municipal Clerk’s office in Anchorage.
The petition cites a strong-arming campaign that Dunbar admitted to in an email to Assemblyman Chris Constant last year. Political coercion is illegal under Alaska Statute.
Petitioner Marie Boyd turned the petition in this afternoon, but there are 20 other signatures on the application.
The application must be approved by the City Clerk, who would then issue petition booklets.
In the case of the recall effort for Assemblyman Felix Rivera, it took a court fight to get the Municipality to release the petition booklets. That recall will be on the April 6 municipal ballot, but the petitioners have spent tens of thousands of dollars to overcome Rivera’s legal objections.
In addition to the recall effort against Rivera, Dunbar’s name will be on the April ballot as one of 14 candidates for mayor. He is widely believed to be the Democrats’ favorite.
Dunbar represents East Anchorage, with a term ending in April of 2022.
This story is unfolding and will be updated.