In her final hours as acting mayor of Anchorage, Austin Quinn-Davidson spent money, time and city resources to produce a gushing video that depicts her as a heroine who guided the city through its darkest hour.

The 13-minute video was posted on the city website on June 30, just hours before she was forced to vacate the mayor’s office for the duly elected Mayor Dave Bronson. Quinn-Davidson had been serving as acting mayor since last October, after Ethan Berkowitz abruptly resigned. She now returns to her post on the Assembly.

The video features mood-setting piano music as Quinn-Davidson and her “wife,” Stephanie, recount the courage and strength required of Quinn-Davidson to embrace her unexpected leadership role.

Stephanie, who shares Quinn-Davidson’s last name, said she was anxious when her “wife” took on the acting mayor post.

“You know I often read things in the paper about me – or you know blogs or something,” Quinn-Davidson said. “It’s not at all true and it’s not who I am.”

“I knew how much she works already and puts herself into that work, but I was also really proud of her, because I watched her just step into that role pretty seamlessly and just hit the ground running,” Stephanie said.

Throughout the mini-documentary, scenes of the lesbian couple playing, laughing with their dogs and hugging each other are shown. At one point, triumphant photos of Quinn-Davidson speaking at rallies pans across the screen.

“I was there to meet that moment,” Quinn-Davidson said of her leadership over the past eight months. She said her goal was to “do the best possible job – to give it all that I could give.”

Her lesbian partner then spoke about how hard political life can be on “spouses.” As she speaks, photos of her marching in LGBTQ parades and other events pan across the screen.

At one point Quinn-Davidson takes a moment to condemn unfavorable media coverage and criticism she has received from many Anchorage residents who are not impressed with her political decisions.

“You know I often read things in the paper about me – or you know blogs or something. It’s not at all true and it’s not who I am,” she claimed. “And it’s sort of funny but also makes me realize that people forget that we’re all human, and that we’re all trying to do our best and we’re all trying to help each other.”

She condemned those who put “anyone in a box,” saying it is “really unfair and it’s just not accurate.”

The music then turns a bit more ominous as Quinn-Davidson recounts the day she tested positive for COVID.

From there the video transitions to her life growing up in rural Northern California. It shows photos of her parents and her sister, recounting how her mom and dad showed taught her that there wasn’t “just one way to live your life.” That’s the line at which the video transitions to a segment recounting how Quinn-Davidson met her future “wife.” This section also attempts to dispel notions that Quinn-Davidson is just a “big city” lawyer.

“I mean, it’s like no way,” Stephanie said of this characterization. “We both grew up quite poor in very rural settings and that has shaped who we are and our life goals and giving back to our community.”

Quinn-Davidson said growing up in need made her into the type of person who is “able to do things like this job,” adding that being the acting mayor entailed “really heavy-duty responsibilities, as you can imagine.”

The music then turns a bit more ominous as Quinn-Davidson recalls the day she tested positive for COVID. She said she had a cold and felt “really tired.”

Stephanie chimed in to paint a picture of how hard it was on the acting mayor to be sick and still carry out her mayoral duties.

Towards the end of the video, Quinn-Davidson brags about her greatest accomplishments.

“It was hard to watch her go through that and feel – you know I felt helpless,” Stephanie said.

“But I was also working 14 to 16 hours a day,” Quinn-Davidson boasts. “I just had to get through it.”

While Quinn-Davidson recovered, Stephanie said she had to take care of her, while also cook meals and walk their dogs. The couple then gaze at each other and smiled lovingly.

Towards the end of the video, Quinn-Davidson brags about her greatest accomplishments, which includes handing out federal COVID relief funds, and getting restaurants to make food for those in need. She also claims she did a really good job of making people trust her and become comfortable with the decisions she was making. That was made possible through impressive press conferences she set up that included medical experts, she said.

With regard to COVID, Quinn-Davidson is enormously proud of how she was able to help facilitate and encourage so many vaccinations.

Throughout the video, she avoids addressing the heated controversy which her decisions created, especially with regard to shutting local businesses, many of which closed permanently due to lack of revenue.

“This was a time when we all needed to be together, rowing in the same direction, even if we’re doing it slightly differently,” Quinn-Davidson said.

She ends with an emotional statement in which her voice breaks as she praises her administration at the municipality.

“That’s one’s probably going to make me cry,” she said when asked to talk about them. The interviewer then asks if she wants to come back to that question later.

“No, I’m okay,” she says choking back tears. “It’s been such an honor to serve in this role, but truly it is the staff and my team that deserve as much – any credit – for what we did right.”

The video ends with Stephanie lavishing more praise on Quinn-Davidson

“I hope Anchorage realizes that there wasn’t more that she could give,” she said. “She gave it her all.”

The video closes with photos of people getting vaccinated and wearing masks.

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Quinn-Davidson makes gushing tribute video about herself in final hours as acting mayor of Anchorage

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.


  • NAV says:

    “I was there to meet that moment,” Quinn-Davidson said of her leadership over the past eight months. That statement is bogus what was done was a clear violation of Alaska citizens civil liberties by you and the assembly and the governor what a hypocrite !!!

  • Annoyed says:

    Now take your friend and dogs and disappear.

  • Jan DeLand says:

    Let’s see, besides ignoring city code which said we should have a special election to replace her and defrauding Westside of representation by saving the seat for later, she blew a $h*t ton of CARE$ Act money on unnecessary things like trails (conflict of interest much?) and old buildings while residents testified of financial needs and the heartbreaking effects of 20 “emergency” orders. She better hope there aren’t trials for officials who violated the Nuremberg Code in pushing experimental biological agents on the public.

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Nothing worse than a Narcissistic Reprobate.

  • G Aleution says:

    Thank goodness we have an elected mayor now. I hope we can put this figment behind us.

  • mo says:

    Like an old light bulb burning out..

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Sounds like narcissistic personality disorder which manifests in the perception of oneself with grandiosity. Really sad. I suspect she has a number of things going on.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    In the words of ICE CUBE. “Bye falicia”

  • Johnny M Furlong says:

    I am waiting for everything she did in those months as an unlawful agent with co-conspirators on the Assembly to be overturned.

    Then I would like her to be arrested and her co-conspirators on the Assembly and they can be cell mates to keep the gang together.

    It seems the more grandiose the law breaking the easier it is to get away with it.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    The Leftie freak show is finally over.
    No more covid theater.
    No more controlling people and the destiny of businesses.
    Now go back to your cats, box wine, and your lovely “wife”.
    Good riddance…

  • Jim says:

    What A PoS!

  • Steve Peterson says:

    Romans 1:24- 27:
    Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
    And there is your Anchorage Assembly in a nutshell (emphasis on nut).

  • Michael S Totten says:

    I said it before. You are all free citizens under the authority of GOD. Why did any of you go along with anything she did. If they would have tried that trash in killeen outside of FT HOOD I guarantee you there would have been a shooting war. You guys in anchorage are WEAK! I remember back when I lived there men were STRONG. now they’re all drinking soy milk

    • Steve Peterson says:

      They were skeered, I guess.
      Lots of new unAlaskans have moved up from other states and countries and they seem to hold authoritarian government in high esteem. But yes, hard to believe that average people in Anchorage didn’t seize government out of the hands of these jokers in the same way that people have seized school boards around the country which are trying to implement CRT. There should have been torches and pitchforks, but instead they have allowed a few women and girly men to control their lives and shut them down. They also depended on a few strong minded conservative women such as Bernadette Wilson and Jamie Allard to be their voice. I hope people in Anchorage have waked up, but I’m not that optimistic anymore.

  • Barb Melland says:

    I’m going to puke.
    This nasty narcissist needs help.
    She should never have been considered electable to the assembly, let alone allowed to commandeer the the mayorship.

  • G Aleution says:

    Holding the seat open for her is I believe unlawful! Sue the city for that!

  • Dane Wyrick says:

    I am not impressed “acting mayor” Butch
    It was all an act as she had no idea what she was doing, that the citizens did not and would never have chosen her if given the chance to in a legal election.
    She brought her sexuality into the picture every chance she got and promoted all things alphabet placing her orientation on a pedestal.
    Her decisions devastated the city’s economy far worse that Covid did and all it the name of Ego disregarding the science, fact and or common sense.
    She defrauded citizens out of the cares act money and took it upon herself to chose designations for the money never intended by those who provided such.. She never missed a paycheck or a meal while so many around her did.
    She promoted facial diapers, commanded zero tolerance for anyone who opposed her insanity.

    Mayor Butch,,, Thank you for NOTHING. You will be remember as the biggest mistake Anchorage has ever known and if Justice is ever served to the residents of this once great city it will be watching you in federal and state handcuffs.
    Maybe you can get a new job as story teller costarring with Ivanna Kisadick , your hero.

    Thank God that Anchorage finally came to its senses and ELECTED a real mayor, Bronson
    Maybe now we can focus on the things that matter, verses your ideology , that really doesn’t .

  • Dinno says:

    Jesus…two gold medalists in the victim olympics. Is this what our country has turned into? I think China and Russia need to bomb us with some Testosterone tipped ICBMs

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Puke Puke and more Puke
    I’m sooooo sick of her crap
    Can I flush the Toilet now

  • T says:

    Sounds like illegal use of municipal money. How was this paid for and why was it posted on the muni website? This is clearly a political campaign and needs to be invested.

  • Jen says:

    She didnt do anything. Anchorage never improved in her 8 months mayor service.

    Berkowitz was a better mayor than her. She was more like an administrative assistant there to just keep city services paid on-time.

  • Mel says:

    I think “Narcissistic personality disorder” sums it up. Trot off back to California! Byeeeee!!

  • Nikki says:

    How disrespectful to put “wife” in quotes. As you may know, same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the state of Alaska since October 12, 2014. I’m sure your “wife” wouldn’t appreciate it either.