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. Bonds and propositions

3. Plans for public safety

4. Commercial marijuana

5. Addressing homelessness in Anchorage

6. Introducing new taxes


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


Forrest Dunbar




Biography


I’m a lifelong Alaskan, originally from Eagle on the Yukon River and Cordova on Prince William Sound. My parents are both graduates of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and still live in Cordova. My mother was a special education aide, and is now a librarian, and my father worked as a fisheries biologist for the Department of Fish and Game. Like most Cordovans, I worked as a commercial fisherman on the deck of a seine boat before leaving for college.


I moved to Anchorage during my law school summers, and remained here after graduating and passing the Alaska bar exam. I worked at private law firms and for the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy, doing policy work. I also commissioned as an officer in the Alaska Army National Guard, and now serve as a captain. East Anchorage thus provided a perfect place to live, as it was so close to JBER.


I am currently the vice president of the Scenic Foothills Community Council, and also helped found the Muldoon Farmers Market, where I serve on the board. I am a member of Congregation Beth Sholom, and along with a group of friends, co-founded Forget-Me-Not, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Alaska. I’m proud to have received the endorsement of Paul Honeman, whose seat I am seeking, and I would be honored for your support on April 5.


 


Terre Gales




Biography


The candidate did not share a biography with KTVA.


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