Felix Rivera, the acting Assembly chairman of Anchorage, is the subject of a recall campaign that pits frustrated Anchorage residents, who feel the city is being mismanaged, against Rivera’s Big Union and Democrat supporters.
The groups’ 30-day reports shows that they are roughly evenly matched for dollars.
The Recall Rivera group has raised $9,715 to convince the voters of Assembly District 4 to vote yes to recall Rivera on the ballot that is being mailed on Monday, March 15.
Recall Rivera has $1,000 donations from Dr. Russell Biggs, Rosemary Borchardt and Roger Briley, and other more modest contributions. There are no union participants. Biggs has been the driving force behind the recall campaign.
The “no recall” group has raised $8,727. No Recall Rivera is supported by $1,000 from the National Education Association Alaska PAC, and another $1,000 from the AFL-CIO, as well as the wife of the mayor of Anchorage, who kicked in $450. The “no” group owes the Alaska Democratic Party $1,000, so far for campaign database access services.
Rivera is part of a trio of elected officials running Anchorage, all of whom are “acting.” There’s Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson, Acting Chairman Felix Rivera, and Acting Vice Chairman John Weddleton.
The acting government occurred upon the sudden resignation on Oct. 23 of former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, who was caught, literally, with his pants down on camera.
As of the 30-day report, required by law, the No Recall group had $6,610 to work with for the coming 30 days, while Recall Rivera had $9,322.