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'S A PROBLEM IN YOUR ASSEMBLY DISTRICT THAT CITY GOVERNMENT HAS NOT ADDRESSED, AND HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS IT?
• Adam Trombley: Stuckagain Heights has been waiting for an upgrade to Campbell Airstrip Road. Northeast requires greater access to public transportation. Scenic Foothills has flooding issues do to a lack of drainage on the streets. College Gate needs a plan that balances the need for development vs. preserving the natural feel
• Mao Tosi: There is a need to develop recreational and park spaces to be utilized as gathering places to unite our many communities under common interests and issues. We want places for our kids to play, groups to meet, cultures to be shared while raising awareness to the many available services providing education programs, employment, training and more.
• Pete Petersen: As I've gone door to door in East Anchorage, I have heard from many people that crime has been increasing. Unfortunately, police staffing levels are at the lowest level in years, making crime prevention and investigation difficult. I will work to fully staff our police force.
• Pete Nolan: Public notices. Too often neighbors are shocked to discover a non-residential use planned in a residential neighborhood without a public hearing. An 80-foot cell tower 40-feet away from the neighbor's bedroom in Bayshore is one example. I could cite ten others our community councils have recently faced.
• Bill Evans: Road issues. Road issues. We need better access routes and connections. The dangerous drive from Anchorage to Girdwood should also be addressed. These issues require coordination with the State and a prioritizing of road projects.
• Bruce Dougherty: The city needs to follow all of its comprehensive plans so that our communities develop in an orderly manner thus ensuring our the quality is maintained over time.
• Phil Isley: One is the land exchange with the airport and I would address it by taking a more active role. Others are tennis courts, parks, and I think a general lack of leadership.
• Tim Steele: Spenard Road upgrade, Hillcrest to Benson. The neighbors, community councils and businesses for a decade have requested this "town center" upgrade. Traffic is a problem. Accident rates are high, including pedestrian, bike and car conflicts. There are no bus turnouts for this high use route. In the next nine years I will get it done.
• Bill Starr: It has failed to provide for flexibility in community development by acknowledging and promoting our area's unique characteristics such as vast tracts of open space and developable land here in Chugiak and Eagle River. I would place increased priority on infrastructure and less on regulation of building community.
• Sharon GIBBONS: The issue that I would like to see addressed is the need for sidewalks in school zones and areas near parks. We need to improve the safety of our children.
• Elvi Gray-Jackson: Within my district and throughout Anchorage, there are vast drainage issues. I would say that 50 percent of the constituent issues I deal with relate to some type of drainage problem that often leads to flooding. Our infrastructure is falling apart and we need to find sustainable funding to thoroughly address those issues.
Downtown- Mountain View
• Patrick Flynn: The comprehensive plan calls for broad distribution of social services throughout Anchorage yet they remained concentrated in the downtown area. I would like to see this changed.
• Mark Martinson: Night time noise in downtown Anchorage; enforce the noise ordinances.Assembly candidates on the issues