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Assembly candidate Q&A: Why are you qualified?

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  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published March 29, 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.

What experience makes you qualified?

East Anchorage

• Adam Trombley: It's unusual that a politician runs on a platform and delivers on those promises. I'm qualified because I am able to deliver on the promises I make to my constituents.

• Mao Tosi: have been a community advocate for nearly 10 years working to better our community by motivating youth and young adults to make better choices for their future and connected many youth and family serving organizations to communities in need. I had the challenge of taking on the Northway Mall in 2011 when it was less than 60% occupied and now in 2014 is 95% occupied.

• Pete Petersen: As a small business owner for over 20 years I have a record of balancing budgets and creating jobs. As a community volunteer I know how to listen and work together for Anchorage. As a former legislator, I have a record of getting things done for East Anchorage.

South Anchorage

• Pete Nolan: A lifetime of service to Anchorage, and actual neighborhood involvement. Service with APD, community council, and HALO. Work with the AHBA, and service on the Ethics Commission and the Budget Advisory Commission. I am familiar with Title 21, the Hillside District Plan, the Design Criteria Manual, and the process of government.

• Bill Evans: I spent 22 years representing the private sector in negotiations with unions so I understand labor relations/contracting well: twice chair of the Chamber of Commerce; Currently on the Municipal Transportation Commission and Employee Relations Board; chaired the State Mental Health Board; past president of home owners association.

• Bruce Dougherty: My 28 years of military experience and leadership responsibility. I respect the chain of command, and as an Assemblyman, you'll be my only boss. The decisions made by the Assembly affect thousands of lives and can't be left to the back room meetings and party politics.

West Anchorage

• Phil Isley: I can balance my personal budget. I have budget, operation, and training experience from the Guard.

• Tim Steele: Training and education is in management, leadership and decision-making. Most of my work experience has been in leadership roles. I also work well with others.

Eagle River-Chugiak

• Bill Starr: Two term incumbent with good understanding of complex issues.

• Sharon GIBBONS: I am a resident of the Municipality of Anchorage. I have been an Alaskan resident for my entire life. I have been a resident of Eagle River for 13 years preceding this election. I am also a qualified voter of the Municipality of Anchorage and the State of Alaska. I met all the qualifications as set forth in Charter Section 5.01.


• Elvi Gray-Jackson: I have spent 31 years working for Municipal government with 18 of those years working for the Anchorage Assembly (42 different members.) I have vast budgetary experience, and understand all aspects of local government. I have served on the Anchorage Assembly since 2008.

Downtown- Mountain View

• Patrick Flynn: I grew up in this community and know it well, I care about my neighbors and I'm committed to our future together.

• Mark Martinson: Years of experience throughout Alaska.Assembly candidates on the issues.


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