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The Municipality of Anchorage derives its powers from its 1975 Home Rule Charter and operates under the Anchorage Municipal Code and Code of Regulations, and the Constitution of the State of Alaska and its laws.  Alaska Statute Title 29 establishes the policy of maximum local self-government and as a home-rule municipality, the legislative power of the Municipality of Anchorage is vested in the Anchorage Assembly. 

The legislative functions of the Municipality of Anchorage are performed by the Anchorage Assembly, an eleven-member body elected by the voters of the Municipality of Anchorage.  The Assembly sets municipal policy through enactment of laws (ordinances) and approval of resolutions.  The Assembly approves annual budgets, appropriates money, confirms all appointments to municipal boards and commissions, certifies municipal elections, evaluates the overall efficiency and effectiveness of municipal operations, and listens to concerns and suggestions from citizens of the Municipality. 

Each Assembly Member is elected by district and serves a three-year term.

 

 

There are established six election districts, each of which is entitled to representation by two Assembly members, except District 1 that is represented by one Assembly Member.  The geographic boundaries of the districts are described in AO 2012-108, As Amended and AO 2012-117, the latest ordinances providing for redistricting of the Assembly election districts.  (AMC 2.25.010)

 

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District 1 - Downtown Anchorage​​​​

Christopher Constant

 

Phone: (907) 947-9438 
E-mail:  ConstantC@muni.org  

  • Alternate Member - AMATS Policy Committee
  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Community and Economic Development Committee
  • Co-Chair - Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee
  • Health Policy Committee
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Alternate Liaison - Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
  • Ex Officio Member - Anchorage Community Development Authority
  • Liaison - National League of Cities

Christopher Constant has resided in the downtown district since 1998, shortly after arriving in Anchorage. Over the past 8 years Constant has been an active participant at the Fairview Community Council, serving twice as President. During that time he led the effort to improve the public safety of the downtown by successfully protesting a liquor license ultimately closing the operation, resulting in immediate improvement to the neighborhood.

He also successfully advocated for $4,000,000 in capital funds to provide intensive services to homeless people in need. Constant has also been working on improving key infrastructure and supports strong schools.

Professionally, Constant is a licensed real estate professional and serves as Grants and Contracts Director for a statewide nonprofit substance abuse and behavioral health treatment provider.

Term expires in 2020.

 

District 2 - Eagle River/Chugiak

Fred Dyson 

 

Phone: (907) 952-8200 
E-mail:  DysonF@muni.org

 

 

  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Committee on Homelessness 
  • Health Policy Committee 
  • Legislative Committee
  • Chair - Municipal Audit Committee
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Liaison - Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce
  • Liaison - Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association

 

Fred Dyson has resided in Alaska since 1964 and has lived in Eagle River since the mid-1970s. He is married to Jane and has three children, 7 grandchildren, and many foster children. Fred's education includes a Mechanical Engineer degree at the University of Washington and post graduate courses include Project Management, Budgeting, Micro Economics, Supervision, Arctic Engineering, and has his 100 ton Coast Guard License (for 12 years).

During college he has worked as a Pile Buck, Powerline Construction Ground Man (Grunt), Truck Driver, and an Equipment Operator. He has 13 years of experience working for the oil industry in the Arctic as BP's Sr. Maintenance Engineer. He has also done Waste Water engineering, waste heat recover analysis, commercial fishing, was a Vessel Operator for 6 marine science projects, a technical writer of O & M manuals, science papers, bid proposals, and patent applications.

Fred has served on many councils in his life such as the Eagle River Community Council, Road Board, Boy Scout Council, Alaska Family Council, NRA Life Member, Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, Anchorage Assembly for 6 years, and the Alaska Legislature from 1996-2014. Fred enjoys cross country running and skiing, competitive rowing, fishing and hunting, boats, Mechanical Antique restoration, Martial Arts, snow machining, ATVs, car collecting, gun collecting and reading his favorite subjects: history, Christian Faith, naval history, philosophy, paleontology, anthropology, archeology, and trash novels.

Term expires in 2020.

Crystal Kennedy 

 

Phone:  (907) 343-4113
E-mail:  Crystal.Kennedy@anchorageak.gov

  • Committee on Homelessness
  • Co-Chair - Community and Economic Development Committee
  • Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee
  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Ethics and Elections Committee
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee

District 3 - West Anchorage

Austin Quinn-Davidson

Voicemail: (907) 343-4116 
Email: Austin.Quinn-Davidson@AnchorageAK.gov  

  • Co-Chair - Budget and Finance Committee
  • Committee on Homelessness
  • Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee
  • Ethics and Elections Committee
  • Co-Chair - Health Policy Committee 
  • Legislative Committee
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee 
  • Ex Officio Member - Anchorage Community Development Authority
  • Alternate Liaison - National League of Cities 

 

Austin was raised in a remote timber town in Northern California before making her way to Alaska. Austin's dad, who passed away when she was 16, was a carpenter and her mom is a cook. Austin grew up playing for hours on end in the woods and tagged along with her parents as they organized community events.

More so than her educational background or career accomplishments, Austin considers her family and their values - generosity, integrity, compassion, and humor - to be what has shaped her into who she is today. Austin has a background in Environmental Studies (B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara) and a law degree (University of California, Davis), and currently serves as the Legal Affairs & Land Transactions Director for Great Land Trust. Her resume includes a stint at a private law firm in San Francisco working on housing developments and wind farms, serving as in house counsel to a government agency, and two years as a law clerk in federal court. She also interned for the White House's Task Force for Livable Communities, where she studied urban sprawl and prepared material for the Vice President's speeches.

Austin has served on the Municipality's Budget Advisory and Women's Commissions, on YWCA's finance committee, and was a big sister to a teenager at McLaughlin Youth Center through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She was also a founding member of Our Alaska, a nonpartisan group committed to pursuing a statewide fiscal plan. Austin loves exploring new places and has road tripped all over the United States and lived in several countries. She likes to garden and hike in the summer and take advantage of Alaska's public use cabins in the winter. She is happily married to Stephanie Quinn-Davidson; they live in Turnagain and have two dogs and one overconfident cat.

Term expires 2020.   

Kameron Perez-Verdia

 

Phone: (907) 343-4115
Email: Kameron.Perez-Verdia@anchorageak.gov

  • ​Budget and Finance Committee
  • Co-Chair - Committee on Homelessness
  • Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee 
  • Health Policy Committee
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee

​Kameron Perez-Verdia has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, facilitating and leading efforts to advance intractable social, economic, and political challenges. Through a range of senior and executive level leadership positions, Kameron has served as a catalyst for building collective transformation that leads to stronger, healthier communities. 

Kameron is from the Iñupiaq village of Utqiaġvik, Alaska.  He currently lives in Anchorage where he is the President and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum, a non-profit organization founded in 1972 that brings Alaskans together to think critically and to talk —across perspectives, values, and backgrounds— about things that matter. The Forum works with youth, educators, leaders, and the general public to create space for connection, learning and discovery; and, ultimately, to build and strengthen communities.

In 2013, Kameron was appointed to the Anchorage School Board, and then elected to a four-year term, serving year-long terms as Vice President and then President.  He holds a BA in Communications from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.  Kameron is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, exploring Alaska with his wife and two young daughters.

Term expires 2020.

District 4 - Midtown

Felix Rivera

 

Phone: (907) 764-0841 
E-mail:  RiveraF@muni.org  

  • Chair - Assembly
  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Committee on Homelessness
  • Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee
  • Health Policy Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Municipal Audit Committee
  • Chair - Personnel Committee
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Chair - Rules Committee
  • Liaison - University of Alaska Anchorage / Alaska Pacific University
  • Liaison - Youth Advisory Commission

 

 

Felix Rivera has been a Midtown resident since moving to Alaska to study at Alaska Pacific University. At APU, Felix was elected the student body President, where he started taking a keen interest in politics as an avenue to do the people's work. With his bachelor's in hand, Felix ending up working as a consultant on a variety of issues affecting Anchorage residents as well as candidate campaigns.

Most recently, Felix worked in the Berkowitz Administration (July 2015 to June 2016) as the Mayor's Constituent Liaison and Special Assistant, working in several issue areas, like chronic homelessness, community policing, customer service, and with the Federation of Community Councils. While studying journalism at APU, Felix interned with the Anchorage Daily News, covering a variety of events around town. He also worked with Catholic News Service in DC, an international wire service, and his stories were published around the world.

In his spare time, Felix enjoys working with nonprofits. He sits on the board of directors of three nonprofits that serve the immigrant and refugee (Alaska Institute for Justice), public transit (Public Transit Advisory Board), and the Anchorage youth (Anchorage Youth Court) communities. Felix enjoys reading, writing, and playing the viola.

Term expires in 2020.

Meg Zaletel 

 

Phone:(907) 306-5052
Voicemail:(907) 343-4117
 E-mail: Meg.Zaletel@anchorageak.gov

  • ​Budget and Finance Committee
  • Co-Chair - Committee on Homelessness
  • Community and Economic Development Committee
  • Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee
  • Health Policy Committee
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee

District 5 - East Anchorage

Forrest Dunbar

 

Voicemail: (907) 343-4119
E-mail: DunbarForrest@muni.org

  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Community and Economic Development Committee
  • Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee
  • Ethics and Elections Committee
  • Health Policy Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Co-Chair - Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee 
  • Liaison - Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
  • Alternate Liaison – Military and Veterans Affairs

Forrest Dunbar grew up in rural Alaska in the towns of Eagle and Cordova. His parents, Miriam and Roger, continue to live in Cordova, while his sister lives in Portland with her wife.  After attending American University on scholarship, Forrest earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. He moved back to Anchorage during the summers while in law school and passed the Alaska Bar Exam in 2012.

Forrest currently serves as a judge advocate and Captain in the Alaska Army National Guard, where he played a significant role in drafting the Alaska Code of Military Justice. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Forrest served as the Vice President of Scenic Foothills Community Council and helped found the Muldoon Farmers Market. He is a member of Congregation Beth Sholom, but does not have the self-discipline to keep kosher.

Term expires in 2022.

Pete Petersen

 

Phone: (907) 240-1049
Email: PetersenP@muni.org

  • AMATS Policy Committee
  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Community and Economic Development Committee
  • Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee
  • Chair - Ethics and Elections Committee
  • Chair - Legislative Committee
  • Co-Chair Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Director - Alaska Municipal League
  • Alternate Liaison - Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Pete Petersen was born and raised on a family farm in Eastern Iowa.  Pete received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1973 and after graduating, he volunteered for the Peace Corps.  While serving in the Peace Corps from 1973-74, Pete worked with small farmers and 4-H clubs in the Dominican Republic. 

He also founded, played, and coached a rugby team that went on to win the Dominican National Championship.  Intending to stay for the summer, Pete drove up the Alcan Highway to Alaska in April of 1981.  He immediately recognized many opportunities here in Anchorage and decided to stay.  In 1986, Pete opened and successfully operated his own restaurant business, Dinner Dispatch, until selling it in 2001.  Pete first volunteered as a Little League coach and team manager for Nunaka Valley Little League during that same year.  He has continued to be involved with Nunaka Valley Little League and just completed baseball season as a coach again this summer.  

From 2009-2013, Pete served two terms in the Alaska State House representing Muldoon and East Anchorage.  He served on the House Transportation, State Affairs, and Energy Committees, as well as, several other budget sub-committees.  Pete's hobbies include playing guitar and singing, golfing, traveling, and playing fantasy baseball and football.

Term expires in 2020.

District 6 - South Anchorage

Suzanne LaFrance

 

Phone: (907) 351-7199
Voicemail: (907) 343-4122 
E-mail:  LaFranceS@muni.org  

  • Vice Chair - Assembly
  • Co-Chair - Budget and Finance Committee
  • Co-Chair - Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee
  • Co-Chair - Health Policy Committee
  • Municipal Audit Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Alternate Liaison - Alaska Municipal League
  • Alternate Liaison - Youth Advisory Commission

Suzanne LaFrance grew up in Palmer, Alaska and has lived in South Anchorage since 1997. She and her husband, Dave Hemstreet, have three children, ages 13, 11 and 9, who attend neighborhood schools.

Suzanne earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Portland and a Master's degree from Purdue University. She has worked in telecommunications for the last 18 years in the areas of marketing, strategic planning, finance and management.

A former college soccer player, she coached and played soccer for many years and also played adult hockey. Through the years she has volunteered with the Alaska Literacy Center, Special Olympics and Hospice. Suzanne is active in PTA and Great Alaska Schools, and she and her family enjoy downhill skiing, skating and hiking.

Term expires in 2020.

John Weddleton

 

Phone: (907) 770-0685
E-mail: WeddletonJ@muni.org

  • AMATS Policy Committee
  • Budget and Finance Committee 
  • Co-Chair - Community and Economic Development Committee
  • Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee 
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Liaison - Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

John Weddleton moved to Anchorage in 1987 after a life of traveling across the country and world including several years in Istanbul, Lugano, and Fairbanks.  John started his professional career as an economic consultant. He now owns a retail business with two locations and a couple of commercial properties.  John went to his first community council meeting in 1997 and later became Chair of the Mid-Hillside Community Council, Chair of the Hillside Home And Land Owner's Organization and on the Board of the Abbott Loop Community Council.  

His community involvement includes numerous citizen advisory groups on matters including School District budgets, transportation studies, trail planning, park plans, utility routing, and the Hillside District Plan.  He was President of the Anchorage Citizens Coalition and served on the Planning and Zoning Commission. He is an inaugural member of the AMATS Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. John co-founded the Spenard Chamber of Commerce and is a long-time member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Municipal Issues Committee and was a board member at Credit Union 1. 

John's two children, Kate and Ry, have patiently allowed him time for these activities.  John has a Masters in Economics from University of Alaska, Fairbanks 1986 and a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University 1980.

Term expires in 2022.