Assembly candidate Q&A: Grade the current Assembly

Q: What grade from A to F would you give the performance of the current Assembly? Why?

District 4: Seat F

Midtown Anchorage

Andy Clary: B. They have done a good job of dealing with budget deficits over the past several years while continuing to fund essential Municipal services.

Dick Traini: C. I've served with Assemblies that are more open and transparent to the public.

District 5: Seat H

East Anchorage

Paul Honeman: C. In spite of what our charter requires, our current Assembly has swayed in a partisan manner that does not provide the necessary balance of power between the Legislative and the Executive branches.

District 6: Seat J

South Anchorage

Jennifer Johnston: Didn't answer.

District 2: Seat A

Chugiak/Eagle River

Amy Demboski: B-. The Assembly has met their legal requirements to pass a balanced budget every year; however, the passage of Title 21 (with an incomplete Chapter 10), the challenges in last April's elections, and the failure to lower property taxes have brought their grade down in my opinion

Peter Mulcahy: B-. The plus comes from the addition of Ms Frasca. The primary reason for the average grade is that some of the members do not work well with other members of the assembly or do not work well with the Administration or do not work well with the staff. We need people on the Assembly who can work with and represent all members of our community to build consensus and get things done.

Bob Lupo: A. Because they are an intelligent group and seem to handle business effectively

District 3: Seat D

West Anchorage

Ernie Hall: A-. I think that we work extremely well together, even when we're divided on topics it's been a very courteous and collegial body. When we have a disagreement we continue to work for the betterment of our community.

Nick Moe: At least most of them show up on time. Otherwise, I give them a C-. Unfortunately, many of the members on the Assembly are little more than a rubber stamp for the mayor.


West Anchorage

Cheryl Frasca: No answer

Phil Isley: I would give them a C. They are divided by political lines and try to resolve party issues when they should be thinking about the well being of the citizens of Anchorage.

Tim Steele: C-. The assembly has done a good job executing several important road and access projects. However, they have bungled the introduction of Ordinance 37 and also made a debacle of the Port, which remains one of the most important priorities for our Municipality.



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