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Assembly candidate Q&A: How long have you lived in Anchorage?

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  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published March 28, 2014

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. In the days leading up to the campaign, we're printing answers to selected questions in the newspaper, while full responses are posted at

How long have you lived in Anchorage? If you moved here, describe what brought you to the city.

East Anchorage

• Adam Trombley: I was born and raised in Anchorage.

• Mao Tosi: My family and I drove to Anchorage from San Diego California in 1989. My parents believed there were more job opportunities and better education, in Anchorage. We have lived in East Anchorage since 1989.

• Pete Petersen: I moved to Anchorage 32 years ago when a friend encouraged me to drive up to Alaska for the summer with him and find a job mining. I fell in love with Anchorage I opened a business that I ran for 15 years.

South Anchorage

• Pete Nolan: My parents brought me here as a toddler, looking for a better life after my father got out of the service. They found it and we now have four generations that call Alaska home. I want to make sure every person can find that 'better life' here.

• Bill Evans: My wife and our 3 young children moved to Anchorage in 1998 from Cleveland, Ohio. We moved to Anchorage because it wasn't Cleveland, and we had watched too many episodes of "Northern Exposure."

• Bruce Dougherty: I originally moved to Anchorage in 1982 to be with my wife, Lydia. I was transferred to different states and countries as part of my military service, but Alaska has been my home for 22 years.

West Anchorage

• Phil Isley: I lived here from 85 to 95 and from 2000 to present. I lived in Ketchikan prior to moving to Anchorage. Employment brought me here.

• Tim Steele: 27 years. I started coming up to Alaska on NOAA Research Ships in 1981 and 1982. I fell in love with Alaska and requested an assignment here and was assigned here in 1986 to Manage NOAA's Chart Sales and Distribution Office in the Federal Building. As a Liaison Officer I also worked with the NOAA Fleet operating in Alaska waters. I was married here and my two daughters were born here.

Eagle River-Chugiak

• Bill Starr: 19 years-entire time in Eagle River. Moved to Eagle River from Outside for opportunity and quality of life for family.

• Sharon GIBBONS: Born and raised in Anchorage.


• Elvi Gray-Jackson: I have lived in Anchorage for 32 years arriving on June 19, 1982. I moved here from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I had friends who lived in Anchorage and they said I needed to move to Anchorage. Although reluctant at first, it was a great decision.

Downtown- Mountain View

• Patrick Flynn: I'm a lifelong Alaskan born and raised in Anchorage. I've seen the world and there's no place else I'd rather be.

• Mark Martinson: I lived here from 1976-1981, and from 1991-present. Work in my field of Geology originally brought me here.Assembly candidates on the issues


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