Signature gathering underway to recall Anchorage Assembly Chair Felix Rivera

    A group looking to recall Anchorage Assembly Chair Felix Rivera is now gathering signatures to remove him from office.

    Members of Reclaim Midtown will be at the Anchorage Carrs store on Abbot each day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Nov. 24. They will also be stationed at Duanne’s Antique Shop (1233 E 76th Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and will be outside the Anchorage REI store on Nov. 14. Additionally, the group will gather signatures during Anchorage Assembly meetings outside the Loussac Library.

    Rivera has been at the center of numerous controversies over the past year.

    The recall petitioners claim Rivera violated former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s emergency order prohibiting gatherings of 15 people or more by attending Anchorage Assembly meetings. The petition also cites Rivera for failing to “perform prescribed duties as chair of the Assembly” by allowing Assembly meetings to continue in violation of the law.

    “Of all citizens in Anchorage the chair of the Anchorage Assembly should have been scrupulous in obeying the gathering limitations…” the petition states. “His failure to do so needlessly endangered the lives of Anchorage citizens, encouraged the spread of COVID 19 throughout the community, and merits recall from office.”

    Rivera has been at the center of numerous controversies over the past year including agreeing to ban the public from participating at Anchorage Assembly meetings and voting to use federal coronavirus relief funds to buy city properties for homeless projects.

    Under his term as chair, Assembly meetings have been marked by large peaceful protests, hundreds of public testimonies against Assembly actions and derogatory comments about the public from Assembly members during meetings. Rivera also sponsored a ban which now prohibits Anchorage counselors from assisting youth with unwanted same-sex attraction.

    If the petition gatherers compile the necessary names, the petition will go back to the Anchorage clerk for certification, and then onto the ballot for voters to decide Rivera’s fate.

    Businesses interested in hosting signature gathering events can email for more information.

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    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    1. Oh so he refuses to acknowledge unconstitutional mandates made by a tyrant and now the pro mask sheep want him gone. Got it! Great play anchorage. I hope EVERY large contributing business leaves your shithole and then you can govern over a pile of shit!

    2. The Eddie Burke Radio show was my primary conduit to coverage of the corrupt antics of the Muni Mayor and assembly, but the radio station (Hot Talk KOAN 1080AM) he was on with Brian Kilmead, Dennis Prager and Forest Nabors now only plays mexican music, does anyone know what happened? It seems that the change happened the week of the election which seems suspicious.

    3. LOL but they aren’t asking to just recall the whole assembly who ALSO attended those meetings. Just him. Makes sense. What idiots. Doubt this will move past anything. Also this website might as well just be a blog, it is incredibly biased and is a laughing stock of many conversations.

    4. I lived in anchorage in 2004 thru 2007. It was a thriving city. Alive all night with many retail stores to shop at. The people on the streets were relatively polite and welcoming. Minus the criminal element which every city has. But anchorage was a fun place. Until people started migrating en masse from San Diego and Seattle and Portland. Well do I need to say anymore. I went up there from kenai in 2019 and the town looked empty. All of the old hang outs were gone and it looked like a scene from a poverty film. Yup great job people of anchorage. The liberals from the lower 48 stole your city and you laid back and let it happen. I don’t feel sorry for you at all.

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