Anchorage mayoral candidate Forrest Dunbar joined the narrowest of majorities to pass the eighth extension of Anchorage’s declaration of emergency.

The measure passed along a 6-4 vote, which will be the final time Assemblyman Dunbar votes on the issue before his May 11 mayoral runoff election against Dave Bronson.

Unlike Dunbar, Bronson has promised to end all emergency orders which have been imposed on the city for more than a year now. Instead, he will trust individuals and businesses to make decisions on health protocols. Since neither of the two men gained 45% of the vote in the regular mayoral election, the question of who becomes the next mayor must be decided in a head-to-head runoff.

If Dunbar wins, he will likely keep Anchorage under emergency orders and subsequent mandate post election. Like Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson, Dunbar agrees that mask mandates and other orders are “helpful for the economy.”

He is also a firm supporter of Quinn-Davidson’s latest emergency order which requires 70% of Anchorage residents to get COVID shots before restrictions are eased. Dunbar offered the caveat that he might be willing to ease restrictions if other indicators look positive even if the city can’t convince 70% to submit to a vaccine.

“Anchorage can do great things,” he said of the likelihood of achieving the acting mayor’s vaccine goal. “I actually do believe we’ll get to 70%.”

In voting to extend the emergency declaration, despite a zero COVID deaths per week average in the city, Dunbar said he didn’t want to “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”

He also took time to undercut the overwhelming opposition to the 70% goal by those who turned out for the April 13 Assembly meeting. He claimed that they were not representative of the city as a whole.

Dunbar asserted that there are a “huge number of people who are not in this room who do support vaccinations.”

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Dunbar backs 8th extension of emergency declaration in Anchorage – supports 70% vax goal

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.


  • Michael S Totten says:

    What a dunbass

  • NAV says:

    Class Action law suit in the making worth MILLIONS how about it Anchorage business’s ? Michigan case will set state Precedence here also Michigan Supreme Court ruled 7-0 ALL Whitmer mandates UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!

  • Joseph Fernandez says:

    Dunbar is another Biden train wreck vehemently wanting to turn Anchorage into a Chinese state colony! Why would anyone support or even suggest continuing outlawing freedom of movement, free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of assembly in the name of a virus while authoritian nations like Russia, China,, Belarus are enjoying more freedoms than your average citizen in the west?Belarus never implemented lockdowns, Russians have been very lax and China has been open for well over a year!

    • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

      To quote a song, “They’re all like sheep” (or something like that) and, unfortunately, sheep only follow where they are lead; in this case by false narratives perpetrated by legacy media.

  • James Wojciehowski says:

    A few stats for you I presented to the Assembly before Assemblyman Dunbar voted to extend the emergency proclamation for the 8th time.
    Deaths per 100,000…….
    Alaska ……..41/100K
    MatSu ……..34/100K
    People died in Anchorage with mandates at a 65% higher rate than in the MatSu without actual restrictions only recommendations.
    Please vote Bronson for Mayor and end this madness.

  • Dean says:

    If Bronson doesn’t get in we are outta this city. If a full year of leftist indoctrination, authoritarianism and clown government doesn’t inspire people even to vote to save themselves then me and my family aren’t safe here. C’mon Anchorage get your schitt together!

    • EscapedAnchorage says:

      Why haven’t you left already? High property taxes(it affects rent too), woke schools and insane government. I had enough after COVID. I lived in midtown to fifteen years, I fought the good fight (even with the Recall Rivera effort before I left) but eventually the fight isn’t worth it anymore because you’re miserable. Move on, brother, join the freedom boroughs of sanity. Mail-in-balloting killed Anchorage when Berky took power.

      By the by, I am praying for Bronson to win. I don’t want my hometown to die; no one wants their hometown to die.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Anchorage is Afraid, there a bunch of sheep baaaaaaa
    Yes vote for Bronson

  • Logical thinking Alaskan says:

    Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA
    The American Journal of Medicine
    Volume 134, Issue 1, January 2021, Pages 16-22
    Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection
    The American Journal of Medicine Now Recommends HCQ for COVID19 –

    VAERS Database – COVID19 and Patient Died –
    Four COVID Vaccines Compared
    For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.
    The idea these kits can isolate a specific virus like COVID-19 is nonsense.”
    See new CDC mortality category: PIC, which groups pneumonia, influenza & COVID19 together/reports them all as COVID deaths –
    The deaths from Covid came at the expense of normal heart disease and other deaths, which declined for no apparent reason. As one declined the other went up by the same amount.
    Virus are 0.004 to 0.1 microns in size.  Masks being utilized don’t seal to your face, eyes exposed. No way to have a fit test with masks being utilized.  Required, particulate filter efficient against a 0.3 mm MMAD. mask – – filter
    If your reading glasses fog up when you wear a mask, how is a mask going to stop a virus? Masks don’t stop a ! 
    Ages 0-19:     99.997%
    Ages 20-49:  99.98%
    Ages 50-69:  99.5%
    Ages 70+:       94.6% -
    FDA Safety Surveillance of COVID-19 Vaccines : DRAFT Working list of possible adverse event outcomes ***Subject to change*** 
    Encephalitis/myelitis/encephalomyelitis/ meningoencephalitis/meningitis/ encepholapathy
    MultisystemInflammatorySyndrome in Children
    Vaccineenhanceddisease –


    Wow, great info. Thank you for all the work!