Senate Circle, a well-heeled national organization that works to elect far leftist candidates across the nation, is operating behind the scenes to help Forrest Dunbar become mayor of Anchorage.
While typically focused on electing Democrats to the U.S. Senate, the group has taken a keen interest in Anchorage’s current mayoral race between Dunbar and strong conservative candidate Dave Bronson.
The group was also a staunch supporter of Al Gross in his failed attempt to oust U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan in the most recent general election.
Last week, Senate Circle rallied wealthy supporters for a Dunbar fundraiser via Zoom.
Mayoral races are supposed to be nonpartisan, but Senate Circle called on its donor base to help Dunbar – a man they described a “progressive Democratic challenger for mayor.”
The April 26 event aimed to raise money to put “teams of canvassers onto the streets of Anchorage,” Senate Circle reported, adding that the same tactic was employed during the Georgia runoffs earlier this year which saw Democratic candidates narrowly defeat Republicans for two U.S. Senate seats.
“As we saw in Georgia, this kind of sustained effort is the key to winning close elections and particularly special elections,” the Senate Circle notice stated.
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The bigger picture, however, goes well beyond the mayor’s seat. Senate Circle sees the mayoral race as an important step in ultimately electing leftist Democrats from Alaska to the U.S. Senate.
Senate Circle notes that “organizations like Building a Stronger Anchorage are laying the groundwork for future U.S. Senate wins in Alaska.”
“Winning Anchorage’s mayoral race will pave the way for a purple future for Alaska, including in national elections such as the U.S. Senate, much the way that the progressive strength of metro-Atlanta has muscled Georgia into the purple column,” the fundraiser notice stated.
Senate Circle observed that neither Dunbar nor Bronson were able to earn the necessary 45% of the vote in the April 6 election. This, in turn, has triggered the May 11 runoff which the group says will determine “the political future of Anchorage, and even Alaska.”
Speakers at the April 26 fundraiser for Dunbar included Bill Vanderburg, the executive director of The Empurpling Project, which Senate Circle described as a “new national startup supporting work to turn Alaska and other small-population red states into purple and blue states.” Vanderburg is a known progressive activist who used similar tactics in Colorado in the 2000s.