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Anchorage Assembly candidate Q&A: Where would you look for budget cuts?

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 10
  • Published March 10

The Anchorage Daily News asked candidates for the April 2 election to the Anchorage Assembly to answer a series of questions on issues facing those bodies. We’re publishing select responses daily. The answers were fact-checked when facts were cited and edited for spelling, grammar and clarity. For more questions and to see all the candidates’ answers, click here. For School Board candidate surveys, click here.

Q: If you were asked to cut the city budget by 10 percent in the coming fiscal year, in which three areas would you recommend cuts?

DISTRICT 2, SEAT A: CHUGIAK-EAGLE RIVER

Crystal Kennedy

Travel, muni vehicles, services consolidation.

Oliver Schiess

This wouldn’t be realistic or fiscally responsible.

DISTRICT 4, SEAT F: MIDTOWN

Ron Alleva

Labor, police, fire.

Meg Zaletel

Ask all depts. to look for efficiencies.

Christine Hill

I would get department heads’ thoughts first.

DISTRICT 3, SEAT D: WEST ANCHORAGE

Liz Vazquez

I would need to see the department audits.

Dustin Darden

Defend innocent end fluoridation audit FAAs MSDS.

Kameron Perez-Verdia

None until more research.

DISTRICT 5, SEAT H: EAST ANCHORAGE

Forrest Dunbar

I prefer across-the-board, excepting police.

DISTRICT 6, SEAT J: SOUTH ANCHORAGE, GIRDWOOD, TURNAGAIN ARM

John Weddleton

I wouldn’t. No responsible person could cut 10%.

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