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AK Pride founder runs for East Anchorage Assembly seat

By Lauren Maxwell 7:56 PM February 7, 2014

Mao Tosi says he is ready to take the next step

ANCHORAGE - A well-known community activist has thrown his hat into the ring for an East Anchorage Assembly seat. Mao Tosi filed for the race Friday afternoon, just hours before the deadline. He will square off against incumbent Adam Trombley and former state legislator Pete Petersen.

The former NFL player is the manager of the Northway Mall. He also heads a statewide nonprofit called AK Pride that works with Alaska youth. Tosi said he is concerned about a variety of issues in Anchorage, including crime and education.

“Youth and family is where I’ve always been and creating jobs in our community,” Tosi said. “There are so many issues right now that I not only care about, but that I need to learn more about.”

Tosi acknowledged that he doesn’t have political experience, but said that won’t hold him back.

“I think that is one thing that people will bring up is my lack of experience,” he said. “But my work ethic and my passion for it and the things I represent will continue to push me forward and continue to try.”

Click the video box for more on what Tosi, Trombley and Petersen said they’ll bring to the table and click here to see who else is running for Assembly positions.

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