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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.

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Assembly Member Contact Information

District 1 - Downtown Anchorage

Christopher Constant

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

  • AMATS Policy Committee

  • Committee on Homelessness

  • Ex Officio Member - Anchorage Community Development Authority

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

  • Community & Economic Development Committee

  • Enterprise & Utility Oversight Committee

  • Legislative Committee

  • Chair - Municipal Audit Committee

  • Liaison - Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

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.

Amy Demboski

Phone: (907) 301-9179
Voicemail: (907) 343-4113
E-mail: DemboskiA@muni.org

  • Community & Economic Development Committee

  • Enterprise & Utility Oversight Committee

  • Municipal Audit Committee

  • Liaison - Public Safety Advisory Commission

  • Liaison - Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Alternate Laison - Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce 

  • Alternate Liaison - Federation of Community Councils

  • Alternate Liaison - National League of Cities

Amy Demboski graduated from Chugiak High School in 1994 and went on to earn Bachelor's degrees in Justice and History from UAA, as well as, an MBA with an emphasis in Finance, from Columbia Southern University.  Amy and her husband, Ben, have two children.  Their daughter, Kennedy, is a 2014 graduate of Chugiak High School and their son, Riley, is a freshman at Chugiak High.  Amy has worked for many years in the healthcare industry with a focus on business development and management.  Amy was formerly the President of the Chugiak Community Council, the Chair of the Municipal Budget Advisory Commission, and the Mayor's appointment to the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks & Recreation Board of Supervisors, and she currently serves as an active member of the Sleeping Lady Lions Club.

Term expires in 2019.

District 3 - West Anchorage

Eric Croft

Phone: (907) 227-7526 - Cell
Phone: (907) 272-3508 - Work
Voicemail: (907) 343-4115
E-mail: CroftE@muni.org

  • Enterprise & Utility Oversight Committee
  • Ethics & Elections Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Chair - Public Safety Committee
  • Ex Officio Member - Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

Eric Croft was born in Spenard in 1964 during the difficult days before Anchorage had local tater tots, gourmet pizza, or fresh beer.  He attended Chugach Elementary School and West Anchorage High School.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1987 and a Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law in 1992.  He had the honor of clerking for both Judge James Fitzgerald and Justice Allen Compton.  Eric represented West Anchorage in the Alaska Legislature from 1996-2006, primarily as a member of the House Finance Committee.  He wrote and sponsored a number of laws with a particular emphasis on improving public safety.  He also wrote and gathered the signatures for citizen initiatives to fill U.S. Senate vacancies by public vote and to restore campaign finance contribution limits, both passing by large margins.  Eric founded and runs a small business and also served as a Municipal Prosecutor.  From 2013-2016, he served on the Anchorage School Board with one term as the President.  He also served on the Board of Directors of STAR and the Alaska Blood Bank.  Eric has been married to the wise and wonderful Joanna since 1993.  They have two children: Shannon, a sophomore at Vassar and a big Hamilton fan and Burke, a junior at West High School and a rare, combined viola/hockey expert.  In his spare time, Eric enjoys swearing at his outboard engines, reading history, and trying to get deer within his (very limited) bow range.

Term expires 2019.

Tim Steele

Phone: (907) 277-7763
Voicemail: (907) 343-4116 
E-mail: SteeleT@muni.org

  • Committee on Homelessness
  • Chair - Enterprise & Utility Oversight Committee
  • Municipal Audit Committee
  • Alternate Liaison - Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

Tim Steele has lived in West Anchorage since 1986 with his wife Diedra (now deceased) and his daughters Katelyn and Andie, both West High School graduates.  As a Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, Tim served two tours in Vietnam.  After earning a Bachelor's degree in Business and a Master's degree in Environmental Management, Tim went on to work as a Senior Urban/Regional Planner, a General Building Contractor, and a Real Estate Broker.  Tim returned to Uniformed Service in 1980 and moved to Alaska in 1986.  Tim retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps as a Lieutenant Commander in 1998.  Tim's public service in Alaska includes the Anchorage Board of Equalization, Elmendorf's Environmental Restoration Advisory Board, and nine years on the Anchorage School Board.  While on the School Board, Tim held the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Chair of the Policy, Legislative, and Audit Committees.  Statewide School Board members also elected Tim to three terms (six years) on the Executive Board of the Association of Alaska School Boards.  Tim was elected to represent West Anchorage on the Assembly for a partial term in 2013 and again to a full three-year term in 2014.  Tim believes Assembly members should work together cooperatively, effectively, and wisely to do the peoples’ business.

Term expires 2020.

District 4 - Midtown

Dick Traini

Phone: (907) 250-6832
E-Mail: TrainiD@muni.org

  • Chair - Assembly

  • Chair - Budget/Finance Committee

  • Committee on Homelessness

  • Community & Economic Development Committee

  • Ethics & Elections Committee

  • Chair - Personnel Committee

  • Chair - Rules Committee

  • Liaison - Federation of Community Councils

  • Liaison - Let's Move! Task Force

  • Liaison - Military & Veterans Affairs

  • Liaison - National League of Cities (NLC)

Dick Traini and wife, Sandy, moved to Alaska 43 years ago.  He continued his active service duty in Anchorage for the U.S. Air Force until 1992.  They found a great place to live in the Campbell Park area and became very involved in the community.  Dick served as Campbell Park Community Council President for eight years.  After becoming a father, Dick knew that he was going to be responsible for making Anchorage a better place to live for his children.  He decided to run for election to the Assembly representing the Midtown district and was elected, for the first time, in 1991.  That same year, he received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Dick was chosen to serve as Chair of the Assembly several times beginning in December 1993 through May 1995.  He filled this leadership role more than any other Assembly member, serving again from April 2001 to April 2005 and April 2010 to April 2011; working with six mayors and nearly 35 Assembly members.  During his tenure as an elected official, he also earned a Master's degree in Public Administration and a Professional Planner Certification in Urban Planning.  In 2006, he became the first representative from Alaska to serve on the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors, the oldest resource and advocacy organization for cities within the United States.  He currently serves on NLC's Advisory Council.  Often he is referred to as the "Assembly Grampa" because he is always glad to "share his recommendations" based on his years of Assembly experience.  Whenever he has a break from his job as an Assembly Member working for and with his constituents, Dick enjoys spending time with his family, especially "spoiling" his 18 grandchildren!

Term expires in 2019.

Felix Rivera

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

  •  Chair - Committee on Homelessness

  • Municipal Audit Committee

  • Liaison - Let's Move! Task Force

  • Liaison - UAA/APU

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.

District 5 - East Anchorage

Forrest Dunbar

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

  • Vice Chair - Assembly
  • Committee on Homelessness
  • Enterprise & Utility Oversight Committee
  • Ethics & Elections Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Chair - Transportation Committee 
  • Liaison - Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
  • Alternate Liaison – Military & 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 2019.

Pete Petersen

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

  • Alternate - AMATS Policy Committee

  • Community & Economic Development Committee

  • Chair - Ethics & Elections Committee

  • Chair - Legislative Committee

  • Transportation Committee

  • Alternate Liaison - Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Director - Alaska Municipal League

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  

  • Committee on Homelessness

  • Transportation Committee

  • Alternate Liaison - Alaska Municipal League

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
  • Chair - Community & Economic Development Committee 
  • Personnel Committee
  • Transportation Committee
  • Alternate Liaison - Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

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 2019.