Battle royale?

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, snared in a nasty scandal, is calling it quits as of Oct. 23, and the jockeying begins to replace him until a special election can be scheduled.

Under the city’s charter, whoever is Assembly chairman or chairwoman on Oct. 23 will take the city’s reins and that could set the stage in coming days for some knock-down, drag-out politics as mayoral wannabes try to stake their claims.

A vacancy more than 90 days before a regularly scheduled election calls for a special election. There are 165 days between Oct. 23 and April 6.

The ink was barely dry on Berkowitz’s resignation announcement when Assemblywoman Jamie Allard made a motion to reorganize the Assembly, putting Assemblyman John Weddleton in the chair now held by Felix Rivera. That failed 8-3, with only Allard, Weddleton and Assemblywoman Crystal Kennedy voting yes and the rest of Left-leaning Assembly nixing the idea.

Voting to place Rivera in as mayor rather than Weddleton were: Suzanne LaFrance, Kameron Perez-Verdia, Chris Constant, Forrest Dunbar, and Pete Peterson, and Austin Quinn-Davidson, Meg Zalatel, and Rivera.

Dunbar and Municipal Manager Bill Falsey are among a sizable herd believed running for the job in the upcoming election. River is a possibility, too.

There a lot of egos involved in this circus and only a short time to sort out the whozits and whatzits.

Watch for fireworks.

2 Responses to Battle royale?

  1. Jack October 15, 2020 at 7:04 am

    I do not think Anchorage citizens are capable of righting the ship and doing the right thing by restoring our town as the glorious jewel of the north that it should be.
    Please prove me wrong!!

  2. Marlin Savage October 15, 2020 at 6:38 am

    My heart goes out to his wife and children. I’m sure it will negatively affect his childrens’ entire lives if not dealt with honestly and immediately. The sooner a child knows everything, the less the long term impact. I experienced a tragedy(death of a brother) at a young age and it definitely changed everything forever. That said, if Berkowitz hadn’t been such a dictator, I would feel more sympathy for him. I hope he acknowledges his family’s pain supersedes any loss of stature or political ambitions.


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