Anchorage residents will vote on candidates for six open seats on the 11-member Anchorage Assembly at the municipal election on April 1. To give readers a better sense of who they'd be voting for, the Daily News asked each of the 13 hopefuls a series of questions on their backgrounds and on key issues facing the city.
WHAT ONE THING DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT ANCHORAGE?
• Adam Trombley: I love that we have all the amenities of a big city but can easily get to nature and experience the outdoors
• Mao Tosi: I like the many parks and trails around Anchorage, it's great to be able to take my family sledding, bike riding and swimming in town but also not have to worry about paying a lot of money to enjoy ourselves.
• Pete Petersen: I made Anchorage my home because I was impressed with all the opportunities that Anchorage offers, and I want to serve on the Assembly to ensure these opportunities exist for future generations. We need to improve our schools so all our students can get the education they need to succeed.
• Pete Nolan: The magnificence of our mountains, the endless beauty of our coast, the summer sun on our bike trails and the purple color of the Chugach in the winter sky. We have the most beautiful location of any city anywhere.
• Bill Evans: It is the perfect blend of city amenities with immediate access to real wilderness.
• Bruce Dougherty: I would have to say the scenery. Anchorage and Alaska in general offers unparalleled beauty. Whether it's the Aurora, the beautiful sunsets and sunrises, or the mountain hikes, it never gets old to me.
• Phil Isley: It is close to where I work.
• Tim Steele: The people! They are kind, accepting and helpful.
• Bill Starr: Variety of activities in open spaces.
• Sharon GIBBONS: The beauty and the breath taking mountains that surround the area.
• Elvi Gray-Jackson: I love the mountains.
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• Patrick Flynn: I enjoy Anchorage's sense of community and lack of pretension.
• Mark Martinson: The variety of people.Assembly candidates on the issues