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.
If elected, my first priority would be ______.
• Adam Trombley: Reforming the municipal housing inspection process to speed up housing and development which will aid in bringing housing prices down.
• Mao Tosi: My first priority would be to meet with East Anchorage residents to hear what they see to be the top priorities and work towards meeting their needs.
• Pete Petersen: My priorities are lowering property taxes, improving neighborhood schools, and fixing East Anchorage roads.
• Pete Nolan: If elected, my first priority would be to focus on creating regulatory conditions that will allow and encourage private business to create both workforce housing and affordable homes.
• Bill Evans: To ensure the taxpayer's money is used appropriately and in the most efficient and economic manner possible.
• Bruce Dougherty: Getting more police on the streets and focusing on improving our schools instead of hoping for religious education vouchers to save the day.
• Phil Isley: I would like to see a five-year budget with revenue and spending plans.
• Tim Steele: To help the new members get accustomed.
• Bill Starr: Continue to reinforce my area's private property rights and protect our unique characteristics from 'Anchorage style' solutions.
• Sharon Drummond: If elected, my first priority would be providing quality education and ensuring a positive environment for both teachers and future leaders.
• Elvi Gray-Jackson: Did not answer.
Downtown- Mountain View
• Patrick Flynn: Creation of a redevelopment zone in East Downtown/Fairview so that we can create more workforce housing and increase neighborhood vibrancy.
• Mark Martinson: Get more federal and state funding for mass transportation projects, and hire some local arctic engineers to re-design and re-insulate some of our public buildings before we build any moreAssembly candidates on the issues.