KTVA invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage municipal election to an on-camera interview at our studios to discuss the following topics:



  1. Balancing the budget

  2. Public safety

  3. Introducing new taxes

  4. Addressing homelessness in Anchorage

  5. Plans for the future


We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, each of which has been left unaltered. The candidates’ full interviews and responses are listed below, ordered alphabetically.


Ron Alleva




Biography


Not provided. 


Felix Rivera




Biography


Felix has been a Midtown resident since moving to Alaska to study at Alaska Pacific University. At APU, Felix was elected the student body president, where he started taking a keen interest in politics as an avenue to do the people’s work.


With his bachelor’s in hand, Felix ending up working as a consultant on a variety of issues affecting Anchorage residents as well as candidate campaigns. Most recently, Felix worked in the Berkowitz Administration (July 2015 to June 2016) as the Mayor’s Constituent Liaison and Special Assistant, working in several issue areas, like chronic homelessness, community policing, customer service, and with the Federation of Community Councils.


While studying journalism at APU, Felix interned with the Anchorage Daily News, covering a variety of events around town. He also worked with Catholic News Service in DC, an international wire service, and his stories were published around the world.


In his spare time, Felix enjoys working with nonprofits — sitting on the board of directors of three nonprofits that serve the immigrant and refugee (Alaska Institute for Justice), public transit (Public Transit Advisory Board), and Anchorage youth (Anchorage Youth Court) communities — and reading, writing, and playing the viola.


Marcus Sanders




Biography


Marcus Sanders is a lifelong Alaskan; born in Anchorage. Marcus is an alumni and graduate of East High School. He is an associate pastor of the Greater Friendship Baptist Church and an employee of the Anchorage School District at Wendler Middle School.


He formally served on the Fairview Community Council Executive Board, currently serves on the Shiloh Community Housing Executive Board, and is a member of the Rogers Park Community Council. He also serves as the new appointed ARP secretary for the UMED District 17 and now act as the Precinct Chairman for the Rogers Park Elementary school precinct executive board Committee.


He was appointed by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to the John S Parks naming panel, which was successful in getting the Anchorage Transit Center named after that outstanding citizen.


Marcus is also a former executive board member of the Anchorage Community Police Relations Taskforce and was recently appointed to the Bridge Builders of Anchorage Executive Board. He also served as a former first responder as a Chaplain for the Anchorage Police and Anchorage Fire Department.


Currently, Marcus is a student at Wayland Baptist University and a Chaplain for the Department of Corrections Chaplain Ministry. He also serves as a mentor for the Alaska Military Youth Academy and the Shiloh Young Lions (My Brother’s Keeper Mentorship).

Marcus is a family man and community oriented leader who is focused on making the lives of all Alaskans better by Working Together.


Don Smith




Biography


I have been in business and on my own since 1968. My first business was Karen’s Secretarial Service and the office was located at the corner of 4th & H Streets – currently the new Nesbitt Court House.


A few years later, I changed the name to the Printin’ Place. I have basically been in the printing, mailing list and publications business all these years.


In 1984 I started the Old Anchorage Salmon Bake. The “Bake” operated for 10 years at 3rd & K Street.


I also published the Alaska Native Directory, the Alaska State Elected Officials Fact Book and the Alaska “Digest”. I also maintain data bases and email lists on Alaskan businesses, Native leaders, tourism companies and governmental agencies.