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.
QUESTION: IF YOU COULD CHANGE THREE THINGS ABOUT CITY GOVERNMENT, WHAT WOULD THEY BE (LISTING MOST IMPORTANT FIRST)?
• Adam Trombley: Less blame, greater production. A more competitive market-place for certain city services.
• Mao Tosi: Anchorage is a diverse city and would like to see this diversity represented in our Assembly and once I'm in the Assembly I can elaborate on what other changes should be made.
• Pete Petersen: Lower property taxes, eliminate wasteful spending so we can put more resources towards services, and invest more in education.
• Pete Nolan: Make individual departments such as the Planning Department work for the people, not against them. Improve the public notice and public hearing process. Make government user-friendly. We need to give more credence to the opinions of involved community councils.
• Bill Evans: Focus: Government should focus on doing few essential functions well rather than many things poorly. Innovation: Each department should be tasked to re-evaluate the efficacy of the services it provides and find ways to do so in a more efficient manner. Goal: An overriding goal of government should be to reduce its footprint and expand opportunity for the private sector.
• Bruce Dougherty: Getting more police on the streets, not just to reduce crime but also to give our police officers a break so they can get vacations and not work overtime every week. More respect for public service. Public servants aren't a burden, and talking about them as such hurts morale and efficiency. Bring more reasoned leadership to the Assembly. More cooperation, more transparency, no more back-room bargains.
• Phil Isley: The first would be the long term debt. The second would be a sustainable operating budget. The third would be the homeless/nonworking population.
• Tim Steele: Public Transit needs to work better for the users of the system. Continue improving winter walk ability. Improve contracting and reduce change order size and number.
• Bill Starr: Reduce bureaucracy within Development Services department. Evaluate continued need for Union enrollment as a condition of MOA employment. Reduce dependence on property tax revenue through reduced spending.
• Sharon Gibbons: Ensure quality education for all students and continue to invent invest in positive learning environment for both teacher and student. Ensure fair and transparent contracting practices for all goods and services. Develop more recreational areas and public safety.
• Elvi Gray-Jackson: Maintain the level of Police and Firefighters required for a city the size of Anchorage, guarantee that everyone within our community is treated equally, and find ways to maintain the infrastructure.
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• Patrick Flynn: Recognition that efficient and effective delivery of services is the top priority. Increased focus on long-term planning. Improved public and non-motorized transportation.
• Mark Martinson: Eliminate some of the city positions that serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. Snow removal: Reduce the use of imported salt and increase the use of local sand/gravel. Reduce the cost of some of the more wasteful and useless boards and commissions.Assembly candidates on the issues