ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly gathered to select an interim appointee for Seat E in Assembly District 3 ahead of the special election in August. The special election was brought on in order to more permanently fill the position.
The meeting itself comes following the resignation of Tim Steele, who cited health concerns for his departure from the Assembly and triggered the special election going on now through August 7, in which voters will decide who will fill his position.
Ira Perman, Nick Danger, Jim Kubitz, Will Tremaine and John Schultz were all interviewed by the Assembly Tuesday afternoon, and Dustin Darden also made an appearance, while one of the candidate seats remained empty throughout the duration of the public hearing.
Some of the questions posed by Assembly members included inquiries about work experience; whether candidates could and would commit to attending to all Assembly meetings; what issues are affecting the west side specifically; and what stands out to them as long-term goals for the Assembly to try and tackle. The candidates were also asked if they had any visions or ideas that they might bring to the table during the course of their holding the interim position.
The current Anchorage Assembly roster will decide who will fill Steele’s vacant seat for the duration of seven weeks. An official with the municipality has said previously that no regulation exists that would prevent whomever wins the interim seat from also applying for the seat in the special election.
The announcement of who will fill seat E in the interim is set to be made Tuesday evening, following a two-hour work session dedicated to making the decision.
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