Docs show mayoral candidate's arrest, wage garnishments, lawsuits
Rebecca Logan is Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s best-financed opponent in the Municipality of Anchorage’s mayoral race. Logan received the Republican Party’s endorsement in December.
The general manager for the Alaska Support Industry Alliance is running on a conservative budget and anti-crime platform. A search through court records reveals legal issues in both areas for Logan.
In 2010, Logan was arrested for driving under the influence and was ordered to spend five days in jail, which she served with a Dept. of Corrections-issued ankle monitoring device.
"[It was] the worst thing that ever happened to me and the best thing that ever happened to me,” Logan said of the arrest.
According to a police report, Logan was stopped on the night of May 22, 2010, in south Anchorage, after bystanders and a police officer reported her vehicle weaving and straddling lanes. Logan registered .13 on a breathalyzer test, more than 1.5-times the legal limit.
A judge revoked her license for 90 days, impounded her vehicle and ordered the use of an ignition interlock device for six months after the offense.
“It's tough on you emotionally because you're embarrassed about it and you have to tell people about it,” Logan said. “You know, you're just thankful you didn't hurt anybody.”
Before joining the Alliance, the 54-year-old was president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Alaska. Prior to that post, Logan was a small business owner.
Logan’s business experience began in 1997 when she and her former husband formed Logan Enterprises, which owned three Anchorage restaurants: O’Brady’s Burgers and Brew, Harry’s Restaurant and The Perfect Cup.
Logan often cites her small business experience as evidence of her abilities to manage money.
But in searching court records, KTVA's Liz Raines found that Logan was sued by two banks and a cash advance company for failing to make payments on personal accounts.
Cash America, Wells Fargo and Key Bank requested levies or garnished wages from Logan between 2006 and 2008.
In 2007, Key Bank sued Logan for $11,469.24 for nonpayment on a “personal line of credit.” As a result of nonpayment on this judgment, it was ordered that Logan’s wages would be garnished.
At the time the order was served in July of 2007, Logan was the payroll officer for her employer, Associated Builders and Contractors of Alaska-- which means Logan was responsible for garnishing her own wages.
Incomplete garnishment payments started in April of 2008 and continued for seven months-- then stopped in October of 2008, according to court records. The court then ordered “someone besides Ms. Logan is to appear for Associated Builders and Contractors of Alaska.”
Anne Northcutt, Associated Builders’ director of operations, was designated to represent the company in court.
In 2009, after a year of nonpayment of the court-ordered garnishments, Northcutt was scheduled to appear before a judge. But, according to a transcript of the hearing, Logan told the court she had instructed Northcutt not to attend. In the transcript, it’s noted that a payment had been made the day before the hearing.
A judge rescheduled the hearing, ordering Northcutt to appear or face arrest.
The Key Bank suit was eventually settled and paid in April of 2010.
In 2007, Wells Fargo asked for a $2,880.51 judgment against Logan for nonpayment on a furniture purchase that the bank financed through Sadler’s Home Furnishings.
Records show the debt was satisfied in April of 2016.
In 2008, a judge ordered Logan to pay $1,275 to Cash America, the resolution to a 2006 claim filed by the company, after one of Logan’s checks bounced.
When asked about the suits, Logan categorized it as being business-related and part of a messy divorce.
“Those were all turning over assets in a sale, and there was also a divorce involved, and so there were several things that ended up going that route,” Logan said Tuesday.
However, State of Alaska records indicate that two of Logan's businesses were dissolved by 2003, and the last in 2007, around the time her financial troubles began.
It was after court-ordered garnishments were issued that Logan stopped filing for an annual Permanent Fund Dividend check. Records show she last filed for one in 2007.
“I just didn't feel good about taking money that I didn't earn,” Logan said when asked why.
Tuckerman Babcock, chair of the Alaska GOP, said in a message Wednesday that party officials “were aware of the DUI."
"The other matters are neither surprising nor unusual," Babcock wrote. "Rebecca Logan will make a great Mayor! “
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