Behind the Landscape on Alaska's Politics & Culture

The Municipality of Anchorage must decide who will vote to protect their investments and improve the quality of your community. According to a reliable Assembly Member and a radio talk show host; they, the Anchorage Assembly hold the “purse strings.”

Here is my exclusive analysis about the answers to one simple question to the candidates.

AK INSIDER followed an interesting question put to the candidates by the Anchorage Daily News on Monday the day before the election. The question was to gauge the candidate’s perception about Anchorage and what vision they have of its future.

This question required a short answer by picking one city other than Anchorage that would best illustrate their model for the future development of Anchorage.

Out of the 12 candidates; 4 did not answer the question by not following directions: Amy Demboski and Peter Mulcahy from Eagle River; Andy Clary from West Anchorage and Paul Honeman from East Anchorage although he partly answered it.

Bob Lupo from Eagle River did not answer.

Cheryl Frasca has no vision and would have to do research while the rest of the six gave an answer correctly.

Here is the breakdown of the candidate’s answers by political ideology

Mayor Sullivan1The following candidates are supported by the Republican Mayor, not necessarily all conservatives:

West Anchorage – Ernie Hall (NP-D) – Seattle, WA

West Anchorage – Cheryl Frasca (R) – Need more research

South Anchorage – Jennifer Johnston (R) – Vancouver, BC

Midtown – Andy Clary (R) – did not follow directions

Eagle River – Amy Demboski (R) – did not follow directions


begichstandingupThe following candidates are supported by the former Democratic Mayor Mark Begich and city Unions:

West Anchorage – Tim Steele (D) – Austin TX

Midtown – Dick Traini (R) – Salt Lake City

East Anchorage – Paul Honeman (NP-D) – partly answered the question with Anchorage and Calgary, Canada


Independent and not officially supported by any Mayor or political party apparatus

West Anchorage – Nick Moe (D) – Minneapolis, MN

West Anchorage – Phil Isely (U) – Houston TX

Eagle River – Peter Mulcahy (U) – did not follow directions

That is AK INSIDER’s exclusive analysis about who supports those who they think ought to be on the Assembly voting for our issues.

Please vote and wish for the best!

R-Republican; D-Democrat; NP-D – Non Partisan Democrat; U – Undeclared



About the Author

Chief Editor
Paul Bauer has served in various positions on Anchorage community boards, commissions and councils in and out of elected office with over a decade of business management experience after serving 22 years of national service. His background includes living in and visiting many diverse communities around the United States, Europe with small excursions to the Pacific that had him working with culturally diverse groups of people most of his life. As an Assembly Member he was one Member that voted against Mayor Mark Begich's costly budget increase; the largest spending budgets in the city's history; raising awareness to get a public discussion on illegal immigration in the city and removing the city's "Sanctuary City" status; bringing public awareness of the Mayor's lavish spending and his conflict of interest with his family's gift shop on the “E Street” road improvement project.


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