Fed up with what they view as the “detrimental impacts” of oppressive COVID-19 mandates, Anchorage residents have launched an online petition urging the Assembly to end its perpetual emergency declaration.

Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson

Having amassed more than 1,200 signatures in five days, the plan is to bring the petition to the Anchorage Assembly for its Nov. 16 special meeting when members will vote on whether to extend the citywide emergency declaration, which empowers acting mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson to impose COVID mandates across the city.

Quinn-Davidson enacted some of the most sever measures with her Nov. 9 mandate that requires all residents to wear masks, both indoors and outside. Violators are now subject to individual fines of $50.

The Assembly picks and chooses the scientific data that supports their agenda…

The petition claims that the Assembly’s repeated extensions of its emergency declaration have “restricted the movement, liberty, and freedom of the citizens while the Assembly continues to discuss Municipal business not pertaining to the health emergency and detrimental impacts these restrictions have caused for the citizens they represent.”

The emergency mandates, which are made possible by the emergency declaration, have “significantly affected the quality of life of Anchorage constituents including but not limited to economic instability, financial hardship, children not receiving full education benefits, a rise in mental health issues including suicide among children, a rise in unreported child and spouse abuse, and other life-altering ramifications,” the petition states.

It adds that the Assembly is “locking down their citizens under the guise of protecting the most vulnerable COVID-19 citizens, but there are alternative methods to address protecting the most vulnerable COVID-19 citizens. The vulnerable citizens can choose to stay home, wear a face covering, and physical distance.”

It also notes the CDC data which states that the survivability rate for individuals  0-69 years without underlying conditions is 99.99%.

“The Assembly picks and chooses the scientific data that supports their agenda and is not facilitating the best interest of the majority of their constituents,” the petition notes.

“The Assembly should be limited to only taking action on action items that directly pertain to the Public Health Emergency while the Emergency Orders are currently in effect,” it concludes. “If the Assembly wants to conduct Municipal business as usual the citizens of Anchorage request that the Assembly declares that the emergency no longer exists.”


  • Click here to sign the petition.
  • Click here for information about the Nov. 16 Anchorage Assembly meeting.

Petition launched against Anchorage Assembly’s ‘oppressive’ emergency declaration

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.