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Assembly candidate Q&A: Name one city other than Anchorage you think is a desirable model for development here

In the days leading to Tuesday's municipal election, we'll be publishing responses from Assembly candidates to a range of questions. Read other questions at

Q: Name one city (other than Anchorage) you think represents a desirable model for the future development of Anchorage.

District 2: Seat A

Chugiak/Eagle River

Amy Demboski: While it isn't technically a city, Anchorage could learn a lot from Chugiak-Eagle River. Our community has a road board and parks and recreation board that are responsible for taking care of the roads and parks in our area. We live within our means and we have local control; last year, with record snowfall, our community finished the year with a surplus.

Peter Mulcahy: Chugiak-Eagle River. I like it here. If there was some other city I liked, I would move there. This is my home by choice.

Bob Lupo: No answer

District 3: Seat D

West Anchorage

Ernie Hall: Seattle, Wash.

Nick Moe: Minneapolis, Minn. This northern city has embraced its agricultural assets which have spurred the growth of a robust local food and restaurant scene. It also has one of the top public transportation systems and has continued to have positive job growth. Minneapolis has also maintained its vast expanses of parks, trails, and green spaces, which has fostered an active outdoor population.

District 3: Seat E

West Anchorage

Cheryl Frasca: Would need to do research in order to appropriately answer.

Phil Isley: Houston, Texas

Tim Steele: Austin, Texas

District 4: Seat F

Midtown Anchorage

Andy Clary: While Anchorage has a set of special circumstances making it distinct from Outside communities, I think we should emphasize the types of economic and cultural improvements that are possible in small cities surrounded by rural environments and sustained by industry like oil.

Dick Traini: Salt Lake City. The city has a good public transport system, a lot of culture and sports, and is very inclusive of various peoples.

District 5: Seat H

East Anchorage

Paul Honeman: Anchorage is a unique and wonderful city and I would not want it to be any other city. As a winter city, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has skybridge infrastructure, much like the J.C. Penney parking structure, to provide indoor winter access to most of the downtown business core. I would like to see this explored more in Anchorage.

District 6: Seat J

South Anchorage

Jennifer Johnston: Vancouver, British Columbia