Devin Kelly

KFQD talk radio host Bernadette Wilson ended her silence Saturday about the radio show she co-hosted with mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz in October, saying Berkowitz said on the air that he would approve of marriage between a man and his son -- statements Berkowitz’s opponent Amy Demboski said she heard as a listener.

Berkowitz responded with his most direct statement to date in a controversy that has consumed the final week of the runoff campaign.

“Let me be really clear: I do not support fathers and sons marrying,” Berkowitz said in a phone interview Saturday night. He called it “an obscene accusation.”...

Devin Kelly

For three weeks, the Anchorage mayoral runoff was a quiet affair, with restrained campaign advertising and little direct engagement between the candidates, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski.

But the mood shifted after an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate Monday that in part focused on LGBT rights legislation. That debate set the tone for the last week of campaigning before Tuesday’s runoff. Social issues like LGBT rights, religious freedoms and abortion, joined with a talk-radio controversy over incestuous marriage, dominated more conventional discussions over fiscal policy and the municipal budget...

Devin Kelly

It took two court cases for Anchorage mayoral candidate Amy Demboski to dissolve her marriage to her first husband, an Air Force airman named Christian Dempsey. Put together, the cases suggest that one or the other spouse -- or both -- had not been truthful under oath.

Demboski said in a recent interview that she didn’t lie.

The necessity for two cases to dissolve a single marriage stemmed from Demboski’s pregnancy, the paternity of the child and whether the couple properly disclosed their situation to the court.

In the first case, filed Feb. 28, 1996, when Demboski -- then Amy Hyatt -- and Dempsey were both 19, documents and statements in the court file say that Dempsey was not the father of the child...

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Chugiak-Eagle River has produced state legislators, Anchorage Assembly members and school board representatives, but never a serious contender for Anchorage mayor....

Devin Kelly

In 1964, Lee Jordan was elected the first-ever mayor of Chugiak-Eagle River.

He also turned out to be the last. The next year, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the effort by Chugiak-Eagle River residents to secede from Anchorage and form a separate government was unconstitutional.

“There have been a lot of mayors thrown out of office, but I’m the only one that’s had his office thrown out from under him,” Jordan, now 85, chuckled during a recent interview at his home in Birchwood...

Devin Kelly

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan endorsed Anchorage mayoral candidate Amy Demboski in a statement released by her campaign Thursday, and a Republican state senator from Anchorage, Lesil McGuire, came out in favor of Ethan Berkowitz in a radio ad that began running the same day.

Sullivan, a Republican, appeared at a fundraiser for Demboski earlier in April. He made his endorsement official Thursday.

"As a resident, homeowner, and property taxpayer in Anchorage with three daughters in public schools, I want a mayor who prioritizes public safety, education, and a sound fiscal future for our city,” Sullivan said in the statement...

Devin Kelly

Anchorage mayoral candidate Amy Demboski’s campaign launched a negative radio ad with partisan themes this week, linking her opponent Ethan Berkowitz to President Barack Obama and painting him as a big spender who “never saw a tax hike he didn’t like.”

The ad makes numerous claims about Berkowitz’s support for taxation and spending as a member of the Alaska Legislature. It also included what its narrator described as a clip of Berkowitz speaking to members of the Alaska AFL-CIO.

Berkowitz’s campaign manager said in a recent phone interview the ad contains inaccuracies and distracts from issues like public safety and homelessness...

Devin Kelly

Conservative talk show host Casey Reynolds thought he would be asking Amy Demboski an easy question during his show Tuesday.

Two days earlier, Anchorage Baptist Temple pastor Jerry Prevo claimed in a recorded sermon that mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz said on the radio last year that he supported father-son marriages. Reynolds, filling in for Bernadette Wilson on KFQD-AM this week , heard about the sermon on Facebook and wanted to ask Berkowitz’s opponent, Demboski, about it. He figured she would quickly denounce the accusation, and they would move on to business topics...

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With a little over a week until the Anchorage mayoral election, candidates Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski sparred in their first head-to-head debate Monday over the Knik Arm bridge project, labor contracts and gay rights legislation...

Devin Kelly

With a little over a week until the Anchorage mayoral election, candidates Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski sparred in their first head-to-head debate Monday over the Knik Arm bridge project, labor contracts and gay rights legislation.

More than 200 people attended the lunchtime debate hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and the candidates sought to emphasize their business experience while attacking their opponent's. Demboski dismissed Berkowitz as being a “political strategist” instead of a business manager, while Berkowitz questioned how Demboski's experience managing dental practices would translate into negotiating complex labor contracts...

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