Frasca named to fill vacant Anchorage Assembly seat

Rosemary Shinohara
Bill Roth

An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that the Assembly ballot was secret. The vote was by paper ballot, and is not secret.  Assembly members Adam Trombley, Chris Birch, Ernie Hall, Jennifer Johnston, Debbie Ossiander and Bill Starr supported Cheryl Frasca. Patrick Flynn and Dick Traini voted for Gordon Glaser.  Elvi Gray-Jackson and Paul Honeman voted for Matt Claman.


The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday appointed former city budget director Cheryl Frasca to a vacant West Anchorage Assembly seat.

Frasca won votes from six of the 10 sitting Assembly members in the first round of voting for a replacement for Harriet Drummond, who gave up her seat to serve as a Democratic state House member. The voting was by paper ballot. Assembly members were asked to choose from among six candidates.

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity," Frasca said a few minutes later. "I need to go get to work."

The new Assembly member was immediately sworn in to take part in the business of the meeting.

Frasca's appointment will be for about three months, until someone is elected to the seat in the April 2 city election. Frasca plans to run for the office.

Whoever is elected in April will serve the remaining year of Drummond's term.

Frasca was city budget director under Mayor Dan Sullivan from 2009 to 2012, when she resigned. She was on the governor's staff including a stint as budget director from 2002 to 2006. Before that, she was also Anchorage city budget director from 2000 to 2002. Currently she is part-time executive director of a nonprofit education group supported by Sullivan called Education Matters.

The other candidates for Drummond's seat were retired math teacher David Nees, retired state worker Gordon Glaser, longtime city recreation executive Jerry Walton, former West Anchorage Assemblyman and acting mayor Matt Claman, and Jason Agre, who describes himself as a landlord. Former School Board member Tim Steele was a candidate, but withdrew.


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