As Anchorage celebrates its 100th birthday, a new mayor takes the reins — Ethan Berkowitz, whose motto might be, “If first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

After a 10-year stint in the State Legislature, Berkowitz has been a perennial candidate for statewide office.

He’s run for governor, lieutenant governor and Congress, which has made him a familiar face in state politics — always as a Democrat challenging the Republican status quo.

His opponents have painted him as liberal. His supporters, including political researcher Ivan Moore, say he’s more of a moderate.

In this week’s Frontiers, we attempt to get to know the new mayor better by talking with friends and family — as well as one of his opponents in the mayoral race — Andrew Halcro, a Republican, who has since joined the Berkowitz administration.

KTVA’s Rhonda McBride sat down with the new mayor at his home in Turnagain, just after his inauguration, to talk about politics of the past, present and future. 

Also on this week’s program, four former Anchorage mayors — Jack Roderick, Tony Knowles, Rick Mystrom and Mark Begich — weigh in on the job of mayor, one of the most high-profile political positions in the state.

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