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A CHANGE OF COURSE FOR ANCHORAGE, ALASKA:
THE APRIL 5, 2005 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS


By FREEDOM WRITER
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Voters in Anchorage, Alaska will have an opportunity to take back control of their “out of control” liberal local government with the Assembly elections on April 5, 2005.

Two key seats are up for re-election. Both are held by liberal incumbents – Dick Tremaine in South Anchorage & Brian Whittle in East Anchorage. Both liberal incumbents have been staunch supporters of liberal mayor Mark Begich. Both liberal incumbents have been on the tax raising side of many issues these past 3 plus years. Both liberal incumbents have been on the side of more government programs (like “dog parks”, the mayor’s new Department of Efficiency, etc.). Both liberal incumbents have been on the side of more governmental control & regulation (like the new business sign ordnance, more restrictive land use ordnances on small property owners, etc.). Both liberal incumbents have been on the side of the liberal mayor (like support of the $30 million Tony Knowles Coastal Trail extension, when scarce funds can’t be found for schools or road Maintenance, & like support of the mayor’s plan to widen Lake Otis & Tudor intersection instead of pushing for the Bragaw & Dowling road extensions to alleviate traffic problems, etc.). Those 2 seats are 3 year Assembly seats & both face stiff conservative challengers.
( http://www.muni.org/assembly2/election.cfm )

In South Anchorage, running against liberal Dick Tremaine is Chris Birch, a self-avowed fiscal conservative, engineer, & board member of Chugach Electric Association. In East Anchorage, running against liberal Brian Whittle is Paul Bauer, a US Army veteran & former commandant of the Alaska Youth Challenge, a program for at-risk youth. Both conservative candidates are opposed to the arrogance displayed by many on the Anchorage Assembly towards those citizens who have testified at public hearings & held different points of view than the elected officials. Both conservative candidates are opposed to closed meetings when discussing public policy & financial matters.

Both conservative candidates want responsible development, safe & well-balanced roads, & quality education. Both conservative candidates are against the increasing city budgets, against the increasing city property taxes being levied, & against the increasing unwarranted governmental regulation on people, property owners, & small businesses. Of all the 6 Assembly seats up for re-election, these 2 seats offer the best chance to unseat the liberal control of local government.

When Birch & Bauer get elected, the balance of power will shift on the Anchorage Assembly. Conservative Dan Sullivan will probably get re-elected from West Anchorage. Moderate Anna Fairclough will probably get re-elected from Eagle River-Chugiak-Peters Creek. Liberal-Moderate & current Assembly Chairperson Dick Traini will probably get re-elected from Mid-town. Liberal Allan Tesche from Downtown- Government Hill will probably get re-elected. Liberal Pamela Jennings from West Anchorage is not up for re-election. Liberal Janice Shamberg is not up for re-election. Moderate Debbie Ossiander from Eagle River-Chugiak-Peters Creek is not up for re-election. Moderate-Conservative Ken Stout from East Anchorage is not up for re-election. Moderate Dan Coffey from Mid-town is not up for re-election. When Birch & Bauer get elected, the new philosophical scoreboard will look like this:

Conservatives = 3 (Sullivan, Birch, Bauer)
Moderate-Conservative = 1 (Stout)
Moderates = 3 (Fairclough, Ossiander, Coffey)
Liberal-Moderate = 1 (Traini)
Liberals = 3 (Tesche, Shamberg, Jennings).

That means on many votes, there could be a 7-4 split. The Anchorage Assembly, for the first time in 6 years or more, will be more balanced, more conservative, more independent, & more responsive to the people & businesses in Anchorage, not special interests & the rubber-stamping of government programs from the liberal Mayor Mark Begich & extreme environmentalists.

Freedom Writer urges the Anchorage voters to GET OUT & VOTE ON APRIL 5, 2005 & make Anchorage return to the RIGHT direction by defeating the 2 liberal incumbents & electing the 2 conservative challengers –- Chris Birch & Paul Bauer.

Freedom Writer

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