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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

Contact Info: (907) 947-9483
E-Mail: Christopher.Constant@AnchorageAK.gov
Term Expires: 2020

  • 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 (NLC)

Since 1998, Christopher Constant has resided in the downtown Anchorage district. Professionally, Christopher is a licensed real estate agent as well as a Grants and Contracts Director for a statewide nonprofit substance abuse and behavioral health treatment provider. During his past involvement with the Fairview Community Council, to include serving twice as President, Christopher led an effort to improve public safety in his neighborhood. He achieved great success which was the catalyst that led him to consider serving as an Assembly Member. Christopher is a strong supporter for improving key infrastructure, strong schools and advocating for intensive services needed by Anchorage's homeless population. Perseverance is a quality that he admires most as can be seen by his favorite quote from The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.".

District 2 - Eagle River/Chugiak

Fred Dyson 

Contact Info: (907) 952-8200
E-Mail: Fred.Dyson@AnchorageAK.gov
Term Expires: 2020
Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle

 

 

  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Committee on Homelessness 
  • Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee
  • Health Policy Committee 
  • Legislative Committee
  • Chair - Municipal Audit Committee
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Liaison - Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

 

Fred Dyson moved to Alaska in 1964 and has resided in Eagle River since the mid 1970's. Fred was first elected to the Assembly 35 years ago, and has seen many changes through the years. He and his wife, Jane, have three children, 7 grandchildren and have fostered many children over the years. Fred is no stranger to hard work. While earning his degree in Mechanical Engineering, he held physically demanding jobs, as a truck driver, equipment operator, and powerline construction ground man. In addition to working for the oil industry for over a decade, he has spent many professional years in the waste water and heating sector world as well as commercial fishing. Serving his community is very important to Fred, as can be seen by the many councils and boards he has served and been involved with. In his spare time, Fred may be found snow machining, boating, fishing or hunting - to name a few.

Crystal Kennedy 

Contact Info: (907) 343-4113
E-Mail: Crystal.Kennedy@AnchorageAK.gov
Term Expires: 2022
Education: BA in Anthropology, Wright State University; BS in Legal Administration from University of West Florida

  • 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
  • Liaison Alternate - Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce
​Crystal considers herself an “Air Force brat" which she embraces as a term of endearment. Being raised in a military family and attending more than a dozen schools before graduating from high school, Crystal had many life experiences that helped shape her desire to make a difference wherever she was living. Her varied professional experiences include working in the credit and loan management department of a bank, being an office management assistant with a statewide insurance firm, and working as a legal assistant. Her involvement in the Eagle River/Chugiak community is wide-ranging and includes serving on the Eagle River Community Council Board, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, ASD Board for almost a decade, and serving as the Ravenwood PTA President. Crystal's proudest accomplishment is “…working every day at being a wife, a mom, a grandmother, and a friend."

District 3 - West Anchorage

Austin Quinn-Davidson

 

Contact Info: (907) 343-4116
E-Mail: Austin.Quinn-Davidson@AnchorageAK.gov
Term Expires: 2020
Education: BA Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; JD University of California, King Hall School of Law, Davis, California

  • 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
  • Liaison - National League of Cities (NLC) 

 

Austin's love of the outdoors began early in life as a result of hours spent playing in the woods in the small timber town where she was raised. As a kid, Austin would tag along with her parents as they organized community events, fostering her desire to serve. Prior to her position on the Assembly, Austin served on the Municipality's Budget Advisory and Women's Commissions and on YWCA's finance committee. She was also a big sister to a teenager at McLaughlin Youth Center through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Austin currently works as the Legal Affairs & Land Transactions Director for Great Land Trust, where she leads projects that create trails and public access points throughout Southcentral Alaska. She and her wife, Stephanie, have two dogs and one cat and enjoy spending time hiking and gardening. Since she was a teenager, Austin has followed the motto that “the purpose of life is a life of purpose." She strives to always be courageous and act with integrity.

Kameron Perez-Verdia

 

Contact Info: (907) 343-4115
E-Mail: Kameron.Perez-Verdia@AnchorageAK.gov
Term Expires: 2020
Education: BA Communications, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA; MBA Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, Denver, CO

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

Having been born and raised in the 49th State, Kameron views Alaska as his home state. He is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast and enjoys exploring Alaska with his wife and two young daughters. With an extensive history in the local non-profit world, helping to build stronger and healthier communities is an intrinsic part of who Kameron Perez-Verdia is. 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. Currently he serves as the President and CEO of a local non-profit organization founded in 1972 that brings Alaskans together to think critically to ultimately build and strengthen communities.

District 4 - Midtown

Felix Rivera

 

Contact Info:  (907) 764-0841
E-Mail: Felix.Rivera@AnchorageAK.gov
Term Expires: 2020
Education: BA Liberal Studies, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage

  • 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 - Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
  • Liaison - Federation of Community Councils (FCC)

 

 

Felix came to Alaska for college and never left. His work as Constituent Relations and Special Assistant for the Mayor's Office helped to prepare him for his role as Assembly Member and Chair. His passion is making a difference in the lives of people in his community; and he has been able to do this by not only serving on the Assembly, but by sitting on the board of directors for several nonprofits that help those in need. Writing and journalism is another way Felix has been able to make an impact. While studying journalism at APU he covered local events around town as well as wrote for an international wire service. His stories were published around the world. Felix considers his proudest accomplishment to be “helping fight and eventually obtain protections for LGBTQ Anchorage residents in employment, housing, and public accommodations."

Meg Zaletel 

 

Contact Info: (907) 306-5052
E-Mail: Meg.Zaletel@AnchorageAK.gov
Term Expires: 2022
Education: BS Psychology, Drake University, Des Moines, IA; JD Drake Law School, Des Moines, IA; Certificate of Mental Disability Law, New York Law School, New York, NY

  • ​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
  • Alternate Liaison - Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau
​Fresh out of law school, Meg took a job with the Disability Law Center of Alaska in Anchorage, sight unseen. This job not only brought her to Alaska, but gave her valuable experience working on systemic issues. Meg still practices law, but has shifted her focus to community and neighborhood engagement by establishing and running the Anchorage Community House. This low-cost space provides a place for community events such as children's art classes and book club meetings, and has been invaluable in teaching Meg how to help improve various communities. Each year she volunteers at the MLK Day Legal Clinic, and she says that this experience “…always grounds me in the needs of our community as well as the impact volunteers can make." Meg lives in Midtown with her husband Zach, their daughter Zelda, and two dogs.

District 5 - East Anchorage

Forrest Dunbar

 

Contact Info: (907) 343-4119
E-Mail: Forrest.Dunbar@AnchorageAK.gov
Term Expires: 2022
Education: BA in Economics/International Service from American University; MA in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School; JD from Yale Law School

  • Co-Chair - 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

Forrest was raised by his parents in the rural towns of Eagle and Cordova with his sister; and he considers his family to be his greatest role models, in particular his late Grandmother Herta. Working many different jobs such as stocking shelves at Fred Meyer and as a deckhand on a fishing boat helped pay for his education as well as provided him with real life experiences. Currently, Forrest works part-time as a corporate attorney as well as 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. Forrest's work as the Vice-President of Scenic Foothills Community Council and serving on the boards of the Muldoon Farmer's Market and the Anchorage Parks Foundation directly led him to running for Assembly. When asked what he finds motivational, Forrest replied, “There is a Jewish principle known as 'Tikkun Olam', a commitment to improve or repair the world we live in. I try to let it guide my life. That and 'The Simpsons.'"

Pete Petersen

 

Contact Info: (907) 240-1049
E-Mail: Pete.Petersen@anchorageak.gov
Term Expires: 2020
Education: AA from Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls, IA; BA from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA

  • 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 (AML) 
  • Liaison - Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Pete was born and raised by his parents in eastern Iowa.  After serving as a Peace Corps agricultural volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Pete made the trek up the Alcan with the intention of a summer visit to Alaska. Close to 40 years later, he's still here! Originally, gold mining brought Pete to Alaska but he saw opportunity in other areas. He was a restaurateur for many years until he sold his business and decided to get serious about serving his community in a different capacity. Pete was elected to the Alaska State of House of Representatives for two terms. Yet it was his involvement in the Nunaka City Little League and the Northeast Community Council Board of Directors that most encouraged Pete to run for Assembly. Pete shares, “I'm still inspired to continue the family tradition of public service that my grandfather started back in the early 1950s."

District 6 - South Anchorage

Suzanne LaFrance

 

Contact Info: (907) 351-7199
E-Mail: Suzanne.LaFrance@AnchorageAK.gov
Term Expires: 2020
Education: BA, University of Portland; MA, Purdue University

  • Vice Chair - Assembly
  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Committee on Homelessness
  • 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 (AML)
  • Alternate Liaison - Federation of Community Councils (FCC)

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.

Through the years Suzanne has spent much of her time volunteering for local organizations such as Hospice and the Alaskan Literacy Program. She and her husband, Dave, have three children who attend neighborhood schools, and it is important to Suzanne to be actively involved in her PTA and Great Alaska Schools.

John Weddleton

 

Contact Info: (907) 770-0685
E-Mail: John.Weddleton@AnchorageAK.gov
Term Expires: 2022
Education: BA Political Science, Tulane University New Orleans; MS Resource Economics, UAF

  • 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

After travelling the world extensively to include living abroad, John decided to move to and call Anchorage home in 1987. He started his professional life as an economic consultant and after a number of years, ventured into the world of retail and commercial properties. In 1997, John attended his first community council meeting and was hooked. Later, he became Chair of the Mid-Hillside Community Council, Chair of the Hillside's Home and Landowner's Organization and a Board Member of the Abbott Loop Community Council. His extensive 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. Raising two children, Kate and Ry, in Alaska has been “my ultimate adventure"; and he considers his proudest accomplishment to be when his wife Ronni said 'Yes!'