Put people before politics

A man and his dog walk on the edge of the ice along Knik Arm with downtown Anchorage and the Chugach Mountains in the background on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)
A man and his dog walk on the edge of the ice along Knik Arm with downtown Anchorage and the Chugach Mountains in the background on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)

During the past month, I’ve spent my nights and weekends on a listening tour throughout Midtown neighborhoods. We talk about the issues facing our communities and about my bid for the Anchorage Assembly’s Midtown seat. During these chats, I’m often asked: “What are you?” Meaning: Are you Democrat or Republican?

The question shows how deeply partisan politics have pervaded public service in our state. The Anchorage mayoral and Assembly races are deliberately nonpartisan, so the voting members of these local offices focus on providing essential public services rather than upholding a political platform. These elected officials need to cooperate, and…

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