An newly released email thread between Anchorage Assembly members Forest Dunbar and Christopher Constant shows the two men mocking and belittling conservative constituents who opposed the Assembly’s plan last summer to use federal CARES Act funds to buy and convert four commercial buildings into homeless shelters.

The emails were recently released in response to a public records request from Dr. Russell Biggs who is sponsoring the effort to Recall Assemblyman Felix Rivera this April. Biggs said he send in three requests over several months and spent $800 before the city clerk finally handed over the emails on Jan. 29.

Dated Aug. 6, 2020, the email conversation between Dunbar (who is running for mayor in the April election) and Constant focuses on an earlier email interaction Dunbar had with a member of the conservative Save Anchorage Facebook group, a 9,000-member coalition that actively engages local politics. The constituent was concerned about Dunbar’s support of buying the commercial buildings for homeless shelters. Dunbar’s email response to her claims that “Save Anchorage” members support using the Sullivan Arena as a permanent or semi-permanent mass homeless shelter to avoid having the city purchase buildings and erect shelters in various Anchorage neighborhoods.

As a group Save Anchorage does not advocate using the Sullivan Arena in this capacity and has also opposed the city’s plan to buy homeless shelters with CARES Act funds. In general, the group has focused its criticism on the Assembly’s highly controversial response to COVID. This includes using CARES Act funds for myriad projects – such as homeless shelters and trials – which do not directly benefit local businesses struggling under the city’s economically devastating lockdowns and business closures.

The constituent posted Dunbar’s email response to her on the Save Anchorage Facebook page, which generated outrage among members for Dunbar’s mischaracterization of the group.

That is the back story for the ensuing Aug. 6 email exchange between Dunbar and Constant. Here is how the conversation went down according to the email thread released by the city clerk.

Email thread between Anchorage Assembly members Forest Dunbar and Christopher Constant on Aug. 6, 2020.

DUNBAR: I conflated the “Save Anchorage” people with the endless lines of testifiers on AO 2020-66 and somehow they are upset by that? Ha.

DUNBAR: Answered her in good faith because I didn’t know who she was. Whoops!

CONSTANT: I don’t see the link. What’s the connection?

DUNBAR: Oh, maybe they blocked you? Or only I can see because they tagged me in it? It’s a response I sent her, which she then posted in “Save Anchorage.”

DUNBAR: I basically said, we’ve gotten a lot of testimony from the “Save Anchorage” folks and others asking us to turn the Sullivan into a permanent or semi-permanent shelter. The Admin has asked us to purchase these buildings so that we can get closer to closing the Sullivan as a shelter. And I will read your email in that context.

CONSTANT: No good.

DUNBAR: Which part of it? What I said or that she took my response, made it a screen shot, then posted it to “Save Anchorage”?

CONSTANT: Everything about Save Anchorage.

DUNBAR: Oh, yeah, definitely.

DUNBAR: I shouldn’t have referenced them. I should have just said “people who testified against AO 2020-66.” And honestly, I shouldn’t have responded to her at all. Didn’t realize who she was; won’t make that mistake again.


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Anchorage Assemblyman Dunbar mocks constituents in newly released emails

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    Mr. Dundar, “Yes there is an enemy within,” “And that enemy is a poisonous rot of socialist policies and America last sell outs who are pompous hypocrites that believe they are untouchable elites.” This is not only the sentiments of Representatives in DC but also here locally! If for one second if you think Socialism will save Anchorage your living in a dreamland!
    KUMBAYA on your own!

  • Moe Howard says:

    I don’t see anything egregious here. “Ha” or “Haha”… really? No burning the whole group down referring to them by any of the many common condecending terms flying around on both sides these days? He just seems like a very clean cut young man with strong personal convictions concerning the homeless, and a little uncomfortable with the right coming after him personally for it. Honestly, I just don’t get it.

    • Alaska Voter says:

      He is not clean cut, he is a man who violated the oath of Office that all soldiers take to support and Defend the Constitution. He bluntly call the Constitution that we adhere to protect a racist document through and through. I for one being a Veteran take that as offensive and a dereliction of duty all service members take.

  • Big Mike says:

    There goes Joel again, now he’s gaslamping Dunbar and Constant. Yet not a drop of ink spilled over Jamie the Nazi Apologist. Funny how you’re always going after the Jews, Joel. And now Ed Sniffen, Silent Mike’s choice to replace his disgraced former AG, has now disgraced himself again. Sniffen, the man who fired two Jews from the department of law because they wouldn’t sign their loyalty oaths to the Governor. No, Joel Chris and Forrest aren’t the problem here, your like-minded fascists are the problem here.

    • CJ ROOK says:

      Can you supply a link to Allard apologizing for Nazi’s? I haven’t been able to find it. Thanks in advance.

    • Elizabeth says:

      And your primary sources do Allard being a Nazi? Really? I would suggest you put pride aside and look at what is taking over the Democrat party. You think you will be immune? Think again.

      • Elizabeth says:

        And ‘do’ should be ‘for’. My bad for not reviewing before posting. Don’t ever rely on auto-correct (auto-mistake).

    • Alaska Voter says:

      They are the fascist you speak of Dunbar and Constant and ideologues who do not belong in any government. I for one would love for them to confront me face to face, but they are to scared to do anything but try al be a ruler.

  • Alberto Brandolini says:

    Joel you mock the readers when you constantly try to stir shit with this yellow journalism

    This is how you live your life ? Not very Christian

  • Dee Cee says:

    Gotta admit, I do not see any glaring issues here. Constant’s said a lot worse in public.

  • NAV says:

    Recall them all time that the citizens of Anchorage pull together and recall them all including the wannabe mayor.
    Dunbar and Constant both need to be next on the chopping board!!!

  • Charlie says:

    More recalls needed!

  • Flore Lekanof says:

    Time for some people to resign and save us the time and money to remove you.