Who’s running for Anchorage Assembly, School Board



The deadline to file for local offices was Friday, and candidates have until Tuesday to withdraw from the April 2 Anchorage Municipal election.

Two well-known names added themselves to the list: Liz Vazquez has filed to represent District 3 Seat D on the Assembly, and Kai Binkley Sims has filed for School Board Seat A.

Vazquez is a former Alaska legislator and Sims is part of the Binkley family, which owns the Anchorage Daily News.

Candidates for Assembly – 3-year terms

District 2 – Seat A – Eagle River/Chugiak: 

Kennedy, Crystal 

Trotter, Clayton

Schiess, Oliver

District 3-Seat D – West Anchorage:

Vasquez, Liz 

 Darden, Dustin 

Perez-Verdia, Kameron

District 4-Seat F – Midtown Anchorage:

Zaletel, Meg

Hill, Christine

Alleva, Ron

District 5-Seat H – East Anchorage:

Dunbar, Forrest

District 6- Seat J- South Anchorage:

Weddleton, John

Candidates for School Board – 3-year terms

School Board Seat A:

Binkley Sims, Kai

Bellamy, Margo

Smallwood, James

School Board Seat B:

Marsett, Starr 

Hatcher, Paul 

Stafford, Ronald 

Nees, David 

Candidates for Service Area Board of Supervisors, including LRSA (limited road service) Seats: 

Fuller, Deanne – Bear Valley, Seat B

Stoltze, Bill – Chugiak Fire, Seat C

Glover Jr., James – Girdwood Valley, Seat C

Martin, Michele “Shelly” – Glen Alps, Seat C

Marks, Roger – Glen Alps, Seat D

Price, Allen – Lakehill, Seat A

Leary, Collin – Mt. Park/Robin Hill, Seat E

Haywood, Harry – Sect. 6/Campbell Airstrip Rd, Seat D

Trueblood, Ted B. – Sect. 6/Campbell Airstrip Rd, Seat E

Valantas, Robert – Sequoia Estates, Seat C

Wallow, Brian – Skyranch Estates, Seat C

Jorgensen, Lawrence – Talus West, Seat C

Marcy, Ruth A. – Totem, Seat A

Dwiggins, Leon – Upper Grover, Seat C

Pease, David – Upper O’Malley, Seat C

Gerondale, Chad – Upper O’Malley, Seat D

Strand, Paul – Valli Vue, Seat C


Anchorage votes by mail. If you’re new to the Anchorage or if you moved recently, you could miss getting a ballot. The ballots are mailed out 21 days before Election Day. Traditional polling locations are not available.

Residents with questions about Vote by Mail can call the Voter Hotline at 907-243-VOTE(8683), or may email [email protected], or visiting muni.org/elections.

To vote in a Municipal election, you must be registered to vote and your registration must be where you actually live, otherwise you won’t receive a ballot. The deadline for Voter Registration updates for the current election is Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Voter registration information is here.


  1. Doesn’t matter, Madam Editor…
    Anchorage voters lost control of their voting system when the Anchorage Assembly forced mail-in voting on them.
    Recall the Great Alaska LeDoux Vote Experiment when so many irregularities were found, that even the Division of Elections thought something broke bad.
    “There were absentee ballots requested by dead people, phone numbers given on absentee ballots that were non-functioning. People voted who didn’t live in the district. People told the Division of Elections they hadn’t voted, although ballots had been turned in in their name.”
    (“Must Read Alaska” August 28, 2018).
    They pulled that off, in one District, with traditional polling.
    Here’s what we get with city wide vote-by-mail:
    Ballots are no longer secret.
    A sole-sourced machine with proprietary corporate software decides whose votes count.
    Ballot chain of custody is gone, courtesy of the U.S. mail.
    Mail ballots can be lost or misplaced.
    Voters can lose ballots.
    Automated signature verification may reject signatures changed by age or infirmity causing voters to be disenfranchised without their knowledge.
    Ballots rejected for invalid signatures can be reviewed, not by Certified Document Examiners, but by city employees, amateur graphologists pressed for time, who can’t recognize signatures changed by age or infirmity.
    Voter suppression, voter intimidation, vote-buying, and vote-harvesting might have been issues for a “small number” of absentee voters, but not at supervised polling places where most ballots were traditionally cast.
    Now, mail-in voting can turn voter suppression, voter intimidation, vote-buying, and vote-harvesting into issues for all 218,388 registered Anchorage voters.
    But the good news is mail-in voting means no bond, tax, or liberal politician gets left behind.
    And, best of all, mail-in voting is convenient.

  2. @Morrigan — the vast majority of voters returned their ballot through a secure drop-box or at one of the accessible vote centers in 2018. No USPS involved. Your concerns are unwarranted, but since change can be scary, I encourage you to drop by Elections HQ in Ship Creek once voting begins, and if you’d like, you can observe every single ballot counted. Ballots get separated from their signature by the ballot tabulation machine, and the secret ballot is maintained

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