Mark Martinson is a full-time chemistry instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage who is running to represent District 1 in the Anchorage Assembly.
The district is composed of downtown and the edge of East Anchorage.
The 62-year-old has three grown children and is running as a nonpartisan. He said he jumped into the race when he realized two-term incumbent Patrick Flynn was running unopposed.
"I can't have him run unopposed," Martinson said. "Let's talk about these issues."
The top issue for Martinson is pushing Anchorage to become a more energy-efficient, environmentally conscious city.
"Before we build any more new public buildings, I think we should insulate the ones we have," he said. "The glass roof of the Loussac Library and the glass walls of the Loussac are good examples."