The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday needed four votes, but the panel approved an interim replacement for Tim Steele, who vacated his west Anchorage seat last month.

Ira Perman was sworn in Tuesday evening, having received the Assembly’s 9-1 support. He will serve through Aug. 28.

The assembly spent the afternoon first reviewing credentials for seven candidates seeking to fill Steele’s seat. The 10-person panel then moved onto a vote that ended in a 5-5 deadlock three times between Perman and Jim Kubitz.

Before the Assembly could take a fourth vote, Kubitz threw his support behind Perman and the assembly obliged.

"I’ve known Ira a long time; he’s a great guy, and he’ll represent the district well,” Kubitz told the Assembly. “I don’t want to put you guys in a position to continually have to do this.”

Afterward, Kubitz sat down and shook Perman’s hand.

“I totally humbled by Jim Kubitz, who I have known for many, many years,” Perman said afterward. “For him to have stepped aside like that to make it possible for the assembly’s tie to be broken after three votes is very humbling.”

Perman is the executive director of the Atwood Foundation. He worked as an aide to former Ernie Hall, and he's a good friend to Kubitz, an Alaska railroad executive

Perman will serve long enough to sit on three assembly meetings.

“Obviously, you can’t change the whole world in July and August,” Perman said, “but what I can do is continue to bring to the assembly the concerns of the community because I’m very well key into the community councils, the leaders of the community councils. I just pay attention.”

Other candidates included: Nick Danger; David Darden; Dustin Darden; John Schultz and Will Tremaine

Dustin Darden has also filed to be on the ballot for next month’s special election for a permanent successor.

Last month, Steele stepped down for health reasons; the municipality first announced there would be an interim appointment while it held a special election on Aug. 7.

Ballots in the special vote-by-mail election will be mailed to District 3 residents on July 17. Voters will have until Aug. 7 to fill out ballots and return them in one of three ways.

They may be returned by mail, placed in one of several secure drop boxes throughout the district, or returned to a vote center located inside the Municipality of Anchorage Election Center at 619 E. Ship Creek Ave. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before Aug. 7.

Editor's Note: The original headline on this story incorrectly spelled Perman's last name. 

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