Some members of the Anchorage Assembly are proposing the city subsidize childcare for those who serve in municipal office.

Vice-Chair Forrest Dunbar and Assembly member Suzanne LaFrance have introduced an ordinance that would offer a child care benefit to Assembly members and some other municipal employees with children under the age of six.

According to the sponsors, the goal is to encourage more parents with small children to run for office and add diversity to city representation.

If the measure is approved, eligible employees may be reimbursed up to $5,000 a year to help cover the cost of childcare.

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