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The Anchorage Assembly is the Municipality of Anchorage's legislative body. The eleven-member body is responsible for setting Municipal policy through enactment of laws (ordinances) and adoption of resolutions. Each Assemblymember is elected by section and serves a three-year term.

The Assembly derives its powers from the 1975 Anchorage Home Rule Charter and the laws and Constitution of the State of Alaska. The Assembly enacts all laws; approves Municipal and School Board budgets; appropriates all money; awards contracts over $100,000 through the competitive bid process; confirms all appointments to Municipal boards and commissions, and other executive level staff as provided in the Anchorage Municipal Code; and certifies Municipal elections.

Member Profiles

Assembly Member History

District 1 - Downtown Anchorage

Patrick Flynn


Phone: (907) 278-8462
FAX: (907) 343-4313
E-mail: flynnpp@muni.org

  • Chair - Assembly

  • Legislative Committee

  • AMATS Committee

Patrick Flynn, a lifelong Alaskan, grew up in the district he represents and resides there with his wife, Tina, and their sons Kian and Kylan. A graduate of West Anchorage High School, he also achieved a Masters of Business Administration from Alaska Pacific University. Patrick’s professional life has afforded him the opportunity to work in many different parts of the state in fields as diverse as environmental consulting, logistics, marketing and public affairs. Patrick is a former president of the South Addition community council and an active United Way of Anchorage volunteer (having chaired the Campaign, Tocqueville and Day of Caring Agency committees).

Term expires in 2017.

District 2 - Eagle River/Chugiak

Bill Starr


Phone: (907) 350-5481
Home: (907) 694-5060
FAX: (907) 343-4313
E-mail: starrwe@muni.org

  • Chair - Municipal Audit Committee

  • Enterprise Oversight Committee

  • Alternate Liaison - Chugiak/EagleRiver Chamber of Commerce

Bill Starr is a local area businessman and resides with his family in the Eagle River Valley. He has served his community as a past three term President of the Eagle River Valley Community Council and two term Commissioner on the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission. Previous management of Alpenglow Ski Area and youth sports coach rounds out his volunteer commitment to his community. Bill and his wife, Jacque, have 3 children. Ryan and Megan have both graduated from ASD and are pursuing degrees at UAA. Jordan is a sophomore at the new Eagle River High School. When not attending to Assembly challenges, you’ll find Bill adventure flying throughout the State enjoying its bounties and splendor.

Term expires in 2017.

Amy Demboski

Phone: (907) 688-2671
Phone: (907) 301-9179
Voicemail: (907) 343-4113
FAX: (907) 343-4313
E-mail: DemboskiA@muni.org

  • Budget & Finance Committee

  • Municipal Audit Committee

  • Community Councils Committee

  • Title 21 Committee

  • Enterprise Oversight Committee

  • Ad Hoc Transportation Network Companies Committee

  • MOA Assembly - MSB Assembly Joint Committee on Transportation

Amy graduated from Chugiak High School in 1994 and went on to earn Bachelor 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 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, the Mayor's appointment to the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks & Recreation Board of Supervisors, and she currently serves on the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct, as well as an active member of the Sleeping Lady Lions Club.

Term expires in 2016.

District 3 - West Anchorage

Ernie Hall

Phone: (907) 562-2088
Voicemail: (907) 343-4115
FAX: (907) 561-6018
E-mail: halle@muni.org

  • Chair - Ethics & Elections Committee
  • Public Safety Committee

  • Budget & Finance Committee

  • Title 21 Committee

  • Liaison - Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB)

  • Liaison - Alaska Municipal League (AML)

  • Liaison - UAA/APU

  • Liaison - Federation of Community Councils

  • Liaison - Anchorage Community Development Authority (ACDA)

  • Liaison - Historical Preservation Commission

  • Alternate Liaison - Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

  • Alternate Liaison - Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)

A graduate of Fairbanks' Lathrop High School and former President of the Sand Lake Community Council, Ernie and Gina his now deceased wife lived for 47 years in the same Sand Lake home the two built.  Together they raised three children Evan and twins Brian and Cathy who with their children, all live in Anchorage.  Ernie has remarried, sharing life with his wondeful Sandy, adding three more children and six more grandkids to the family.  Sandy is a retired Anchorage School District educator. 

A business leader, Ernie has owned Alaska Furniture Manufactures, a successful furniture-manufacturing firm, since 1971.  He has served as Chair of the Boards of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Buy Alaska and Anchorage Rotary.

His more than 40 years of public service include volunteering with the United Way of Anchorage, Anchorage Park Foundation, Food Bank of Alaska, Anchorage Airport Advisory Committee, State Board of Education, Best Beginnings and Alaska Theatre of Youth.  He is currently the Chair of the Greater Anchorage, Inc. (Fur Rondy) board of directors.

Ernie’s priorities are building sustainable economic opportunities for Anchorage and improving communications between citizens and their government.

Term expires in 2016.

Tim Steele

Phone: (907) 277-7663 Voicemail: (907) 277-7663
FAX: (907) 343-4313
E-mail: SteeleT@muni.org

  • Budget & Finance Committee

  • Community Council Committee

  • AMATS Committee

  • Enterprise Oversight Committee

Tim Steele has lived in West Anchorage since moving to Alaska 27 years ago. After serving two tours in Vietnam Tim started working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 1967. In 1973, he graduated from the University of California with a Master’s in Environmental Management.

In the 1970’s, Tim worked as a Senior Urban Regional Planner, General Building Contractor and Real Estate Broker. In 1980, after training at the U.S. Maritime Academy at Kings Point NY, Tim served two years as a Junior Officer aboard the NOAA Ship Fairweather conducting hydrographic surveys and making nautical charts in southeast and southwest Alaska. Tim returned to Alaska in 1986 and later retired as a Lieutenant Commander from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Corps) in 1998.

When Tim’s daughters Katelyn and Andie lost their mom in 1999, he wanted to stay involved with his daughters’ education. In 2001 he was elected to the Anchorage School Board. During his nine years of service, he served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer as well as Chair of the Policy, Legislative and Audit Committees. During his tenure on the School Board, he served as an Executive Board Member of the Association of Alaska School Board’s (AASB.) He also served on the Anchorage Municipal Board of Equalization and Elmendorf’s Environmental Restoration Advisory Committee.

Tim believes Assemblymembers should work together cooperatively, effectively and wisely to do the peoples’ business.

Term expires 2017.

District 4 - Midtown

Dick Traini


Phone: (907) 250-6832
Voicemail: (907) 343-4117
FAX: (907) 343-4313
E-Mail: trainid@muni.org

  • Vice-Chair - Assembly

  • Chair - Rules Committee

  • Chair - Community Council Committee

  • Legislative Committee

  • Public Safety Committee

  • Ethics/Elections Committee

  • Enterprise Oversight Committee

  • Ad Hoc Transportation Network Companies Committee

  • Liaison - Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

  • Liaison - Military & Veterans Affairs

  • Alternate Liaison - Alaska Municipal League (AML)

  • Alternate Liaison - National League of Cities (NLC)

  • Alternate Liaison - UAA/APU

Dick Traini and wife, Sandy moved to Anchorage 43 years ago and he continued his active service duty here 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 Masters 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.  Dick has a huge list of accomplishments.  He currently serves as Chair of the Rules Committee, a member of the Legislative, Public Saftey, Ethics and Election, Enterprise Oversight, and Community Council committees; an alternate for the Alaska Municipal League and the National League of Cities; and the liason for Military/Veteran Groups and UAA/APU.

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 16 grandchildren!

Term expires in 2016.

Elvi Gray-Jackson


Phone:
Voice Mail: (907) 343-4118
FAX: (907) 343-4313
E-mail: gray-jacksone@muni.org

  • Chair - Budget & Finance Committee

  • Municipal Audit Committee

  • Public Safety Committee

  • Rules Committee 

  • Liaison - National League of Cities (NLC) 

  • Alternate Liaison - Alaska Municipal League (AML)

Elvi Gray-Jackson began her public service career with the Municipality of Anchorage at the Public Transit Department 31 years ago. In 1988, she began working for the Anchorage Assembly; first as an Administrative Assistant, then as Senior Budget Analyst and finally, as Director of the Budget and Legislative Services Office. In 2005, Elvi worked for Municipal Light and Power as Director of the Alaska Railbelt Energy Authority; a joint action agency with three electric utility members.  In 2006, Elvi served as Vice-Chair of the Municipality’s Cooperative Services Authority, as Chair in 2007, and resigned in 2008 after her election to the Anchorage Assembly. She served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club and the Woodside East Homeowners Association.  She serves on the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors, the NLC Finance Committee, and the Investment Advisory Committee. A few of the non-profit organizations she actively supports include the NAACP, AWAIC, Project Access, Indentity, Inc., Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the ARC of Anchorage. Elvi is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage and has one son, Ramon.

Term expires in 2017.

District 5 - East Anchorage

Paul Honeman

Phone: (907) 947-0500
Voicemail: (907) 343-4119
FAX: (907) 338-0007
E-mail:
honemanps@muni.org 

  • Chair - Public Safety Committee

  • Ethics & Elections Committee

  • MOA Assembly - MSB Assembly Joint Committee on Transportation

  • Alternate Liaison - Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB)

  • Alternate Liaison - Military & Veterans Affiars

Paul Honeman began his Municipal career at the People Mover in June, 1985. Paul was later hired as a Community Service Officer at the APD in 1986, and hired as a police officer in 1989. Paul retired in October, 2008 as a Lieutenant after serving as the Spokesperson for the APD.

Paul Honeman has attended Anchorage Community College, UAA, Wayland Baptist University and is a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University. A graduate of Bartlett High School, Paul served in and is a veteran of the U.S  Army. Paul is a husband and father now married over 30 years with two children and two grandsons.

Paul’s great passions is serving with youth in the community. Cub Scouting, Baseball and hockey. Many of the players of these youth and school teams stay in contact with Paul – including Scott Gomez – a local hockey player who has paved the way in the NHL for many Alaskan players to follow.

Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Citizens Police Academy Association, Fraternal Order of AK State Troopers, and the Disciplinary Hockey Committee for AK State Hockey Association.

Paul is a member of the NRA, NAACP, NARFE, APCAAA, IACP and NCPAA. 

“ If you ever need my help – please call!”

Term expires in 2016.

Pete Petersen

Phone: (907) 240-1049
FAX: (907) 343-4313 Email: petersenp@muni.org

  • Co-Chair - Legislative Committee

  • Budget & Finance Committee

  • Ethics & Elections Committee

  • Title 21 Committee

  • Alternate - AMATS Committee

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 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, playing fantasy baseball and football, and spending time with his black lab, Earl.

Term expires in 2017.

District 6 - South Anchorage

Bill Evans


Phone: (907) 250-5490
Work: (907) 375-7413
FAX: (907) 677-3605
E-mail: evansb@muni.org

  • Chair - Ad Hoc Alcohol & Drug Abuse Committee

  • Chair - Ad Hoc Transportation Network Companies Committee

  • Title 21 Committee

  • Budget & Finance Committee

  • Liaison - Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)

  • Alternate Liaison - Anchorage Community Development Authority (ACDA)

Bill Evans was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  After serving in the military as a paratrooper, Bill worked as a police officer while attending Cleveland State University.  He graduated from CSU in 1988 with a Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science. After graduation, he left the police department and moved to Michigan where he received his Juris Doctorate at the University of Michigan Law School in 1992.

Bill moved to Anchorage with his wife, Melinda and their three children, Carson (21), Dylan (19), and Jackson (17) in 1998.  Bill has a very active law practice representing private sector companies with their employment and labor relations needs.  He has been recognized in "Best Lawyers" and "Super Lawyers" in the area of management-side labor law.  He very much values his membership in what he considers to be the best law firm, whose motto is " We take the law seriously, not ourselves." 

Bill has been a long-time member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and served twice as Chair.  Although he has yet to discover any useful purpose for it,  nevertheless, Bill is proud of his encyclopedic knowledge of Indy 500 winners.

Term expires in 2017.

Jennifer Johnston


Phone:(907) 346-1087
FAX: (907) 343-4313
E-mail: johnstonj@muni.org

  • Chair - Enterprise Oversight Committee

  • Chair - Title 21 Committee

  • Co-Chair - Legislative Committee

  • Rules Committee

  • Liaison - Energy Representative Alaska Municipal League (AML)

  • Alternate Liaison -Alaska Municipal League (AML)

Jennifer Johnston and her husband, Allan have resided in Alaska for over 38 years and in South Anchorage for 25 years.  They have three grown children and three grand children.  Jennifer has engaged young people in active learning through outdoor adventure.  She has coached cross country skiing and reintroduced cross country skiing to the youth of the Arctic Northwest and Interior Region.  She is past chair of Chugach State Park Advisory Board, Hillside East Community Council and Anchorage Center for Families.  Currently she is chair of the Alaska Municipal League.  She is an active member of both the Education Matters Summit and Cook Inlet Tribal Council's Anchorage Realizing Indigenous Student Excellence (ARISE).  She is an accomplished climber, summiting Mount McKinley with her daughter, the youngest girl to reach the peak.  Jennifer was first elected to the Assembly in 2007.

Term expires in 2016.