The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the effort to recall Anchorage Assemblywoman Meg Zaletel can proceed. The Aug. 19 decision upheld a superior court ruling affirming that the recall attempt is legal.
Both the city and Zaletel had attempted to use the courts to block the effort from moving forward.
On Aug. 16, recall petitioners submitted 4,500 signatures to the Anchorage clerk’s office, more than double of what was legally required. Those signatures must now be reviewed and certified in order for the question to be placed on the upcoming October ballot.
Anchorage resident Russell Biggs is helping spearhead the recall effort.
“Our petitioners have worked diligently to see this effort through, and we feel strongly that the Anchorage Municipality’s obstruction of this effort for over a year was a calculated effort to block a valid citizen initiative via the bureaucratic process and courts,” Biggs said in a statement issued Aug. 16. “Citizens deserve a transparent and fair method to hold their legislators accountable.”
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After hearing that the Alaska Supreme Court quickly upheld the recall’s legality on Aug. 19, Biggs said it’s now time to hold Zaletel accountable for her actions.
“Meg Zaletel and the Muni suffered what is likely the quickest Supreme Court legal loss in Alaska history today with the court rejecting her appeal in record time,” he said. “The petition has been affirmed by the highest court in Alaska to be both legally and factually sufficient, and now, after a year of legal obstruction and bureaucratic obstruction by the Muni and Zaletel, Anchorage citizens will finally get the opportunity to hold her accountable.”
While Zaletel has endured intense criticism for many of her policy positions regarding homelessness, lockdowns and mandates, the actual recall petition claims that she is guilty of committing “misconduct in office” for ignoring a city mandate that limited indoor gatherings to 15 people or less.