Seven apply for vacant West Anchorage Assembly seat

Rosemary Shinohara

Seven people applied by the 3 p.m. Monday deadline to be appointed to a vacant West Anchorage Assembly seat.

One of them will replace Assembly member Harriet Drummond, who is moving on to the Legislature, until someone is elected for the seat in the April city election. The Assembly will choose the temporary replacement on Jan. 15.

Former Assemblyman Matt Claman, long-time city recreation guru Jerry Walton and Jason Agre added their names to the list of those applying on Monday.

Claman, a lawyer, was elected to the Assembly in 2007, and served as acting mayor from January to June 2009. He was defeated for re-election by Ernie Hall in April, 2010.

Walton was a recreation specialist or manager for nearly 30 years for the city, borough and then municipality. In his application letter, he notes he created the city's still-popular Tuesday Night Race series, was one of the original founders of Anchorage Junior Nordic League, and was involved in design and building of both Kincaid Park and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

Agre said he is a landlord. He was motivated to apply for the Assembly seat because he wants the city to stop adding fluoride to Anchorage water, he said.

The others who applied earlier are Cheryl Frasca, Gordon Glaser, David Nees and Tim Steele.

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