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April 3, 2013

Democrat-liberals win big in Anchorage city elections; Republican and Mayor supported candidates go down


Dems move to take city back after post Begich loses while current Mayor is soon to make his next move out of the city

Of the 4 contested Anchorage Assembly races in West, Midtown and Eagle River, the Democrat-liberals thumped two Sullivan supported candidates. Another Sullivan supported candidate who backstabbing the city unions happens to be a non-partisan Democrat is hanging by his finger-nails from a write-in challenger. Only one solid win for the city Republicans came from the Republican enclave of Eagle River. The entire city bonds passed with large margins that will increase the taxpayer burden, while two other Democrats win big on the city School Board race.

Anchorage city Republicans and Republican morning radio-talk show host are in denial espousing success and jubilation that they did well. This can be further from the truth. But that is to be expected from the old Republican’s.

Conservatives view differently on the election. They are feeling a catastrophe of mega proportions occurred and this could be a new beginning for the Dem’s comeback in the city.

Frasca’s appointment to fill an empty seat a few months earlier and then campaign for that seat was a set-up for failure. Frasca’s vote for Sullivan’s city labor law broke the “Hornets’ Nest” of city labor to come after her making her more vulnerable from the Left.

Typically past Mayors and Assemblies have picked a non-political citizen who would not be allowed to campaign for the seat of a departed Assembly Member, making it fair for both sides of the community. This did not happen and the sitting of the Mayors staff member to fill a seat reeked of cronyism. That process may be okay in State and National politics, but city politics is too close to home for city elections are supposed to be non-partisan.

The uncontested East Anchorage seat held by a Non-Partisan Democrat and former police union leader was not challenged by Republicans leaving time, energy and money to be diverted to help the other Democrats.

Like the Republican Mayor’s Administration; mediocre, dull, full of inaction and organization, the city Republican candidates were of the same stock. See city Republican mediocrity.

This was another demonstration of the Mayors lack of leadership skills and abilities to organize city Republicans and conservatives to win. However, he does have the one success in 4 years; the passing of the recent labor reform ordinance.

For this election, the timing was bad using the volatile labor issue to win campaigns. It did not help any of the candidates. The labor ordinance should have been solved with a deliberative process 3-4 years ago when the Mayor first came into office. The noise from the city unions would have been less prevalent, the process would have been slow and almost forgetting by labor before it reached these elections.

AK INSIDER has it that Sullivan should be making a move real soon for the next higher office leaving the Chair of the Assembly to be acting Mayor; begs a question of what Republican Conservative leader is thinking ahead?

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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