The latest round of campaign finance disclosures are out, and they matter. A lot. Candidates, parties, and flacks are all full oâ€™ bluster and spin about their campaigns and their performance, but pesky statutorily-required campaign finance reports give citizens an unspun window into exactly where things stand. No one can hide from the numbers. They are cold, precise, and ultimately unflinching. To paraphrase the great football coach Bill Parcells, you are what your fundraising numbers say you are.
It appears Amy Demboski was not expecting a challenger in her run for re-election to the Anchorage Assembly.
Former mayoral candidate Dustin Darden has filed to run for the West Anchorage Assembly seat. He joins a crowded field that currently includes former Assemblyman Adam Trombley, Ira! Perman, and former state legislator Eric Croft.
If the race dynamics remain as they are today, and I wouldnâ€™t bet the house on it, Weddleton receives all left of center support, Schimscheimer plays for the pro-business crowd, Taylor is the social conservative candidate, and Bunde casts herself as the fiscal conservative.
Don Hadley will be ending his run for East Anchorage Assembly and instead will focus on a bid for the state house seat currently held by Rep. Max Gruenberg.
Speaking on the Rick Rydell radio program Friday morning, Johnstonâ€™s fellow Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski bemoaned the â€œhigh school dramaâ€ she thinks some would like to cause on the Assembly and then immediately attacks fellow Assembly member Johnston for being â€œnot that conservativeâ€ and says because of it she will â€œhave issues with South Anchorageâ€ in her run for state legislature.
Multiple sources familiar with the situation say these attacks on the integrity of the Municipal Clerk and Municipal Attorney over the LGBT ordinance lead to the mass resignation from Demboskiâ€™s committee.
Yesterday, former Republican state house candidate Don Hadley filed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Alaska Public Offices Commission(APOC) to run for the same seat. No candidate can file with the Municipality of Anchorage to officially run until late January, but filing of the LOI with APOC allows Hadley to begin soliciting and raising campaign money.
Online comments following an Alaska Dispatch News story about the Muni’s handling of Anchorage’s Centennial prompted both former Mayor Sullivan and former Mayor/US Senator Mark Begich to respond with defenses of their administrations.
Sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed that 2014 Democratic congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar will file a letter of intent to run for the East Anchorage Assembly seat within 48-hours.