Sullivan, Not on Ballot, Still Factors in West Anchorage Assembly Race
ANCHORAGE - In the West Anchorage race for an assembly seat, the outcome could hinge on support for -- or opposition to -- Mayor Dan Sullivan.
Appointed Assemblywoman Cheryl Frasca used to work for Sullivan as his budget director. One of her opponents for the assembly says that is a key consideration for voters.
Frasca said she does align with the mayor on fiscal stability, public safety and economic development.
The third candidate in the race, Phil Isley, a former candidate for mayor and the Legislature, said he's the independent.
"The other two candidates, they both have a side. And I don't have a side. I'm non-affiliated. So I believe I'm a choice the people will be looking for since the district has a lot of independent voters."
Isley is lukewarm on the mayor's proposal to change union bargaining rules, while Frasca is supportive of the revised version and Steele is adamantly opposed.
"It was poorly drafted,” Steele said, “it was poorly thought out; it was not done with any input from the managers of the various departments, from the employees, even from board members except two board members knew about it and i'm not even sure when they knew about it."
Isley said, "I think we need something of that variety. I'm not sure if that's the best one, but you can bet that if it doesn't work out well, it will be changed in the future."
Frasca said her position has evolved, partly because the latest version does not call for the assembly to make a choice between final offers, something she considers problematic because of labor union involvement in assembly races. "When originally introduced, as it stood, I probably wouldn't have voted for it, but I think we've heard from the testimony, the emails that we've gotten, I’ve gotten, and the amendments that are being made, I think it will end up being a good balance of interests."
He’s not on the ballot, but Dan Sullivan is in the thick of the contest for Assembly Seat E.
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