After assuring Anchorage residents they would have another opportunity to continue testifying on a controversial plan to force residents to wear face masks, the Anchorage Assembly quickly introduced and passed an emergency ordinance at 10:35 p.m. on Oct. 12 with no public notice.

Introduced by Assembly members Meg Zaletel and Pete Peterson, it passed 9-1 with Assemblywoman Crystal Kennedy opposed and Assemblywoman Jamie Allard refusing to take part in the vote.

Unlike past meetings, the large crowd was missing, as most residents were under the impression that the mask ordinance would be discussed at a scheduled meeting on Oct. 13. That has now been cancelled with passage of the emergency mandate.

Just before the vote, the meeting turned ugly when Assemblyman Christopher Constant pointed out that one of the mask mandate opponents was “on a ventilator and may or may not make it.”

It later became clear Constant was referring to Anchorage resident William Topel who died a few hours later after Providence Hospital rejected his repeated requests for Ivermectin to treat his COVID illness. Allard worked with Topel and his family, desperately attempting to help him get Ivermectin in the days and hours before he died.

Constant noted that he was “not somebody who spent the last year supporting my positions on matters, but has in fact been somebody who spoke consistently against the issues that I support and believe in.”

Constant claimed that his “heart breaks when I think about the fact that someone who was in this room two weeks ago is probably going to die from this virus.”

Jaime Allard
Anchorage Assemblywoman Jaime Allard

Allard, who had power of attorney for Topel, broke in and asked for a point of order.

Constant denied her request saying, “No, this is my time.”

“Well, if you’re talking about my friend, we have a problem,” Allard broke in again.

“You are out of order,” Constant quipped.

“And so are you,” Allard said, adding that Topel was not on an intubator.

“You have no idea what you’re talking about,” she said. “You’re a disgrace as a public official.”

“You are out of order Constant,” repeated. “And I hope he recovers.”

During the initial vote on whether to pass the ordinance, Allard voted no before again calling out Constant for deciding to “use somebody’s situation against them.”

“How irresponsible,” she said. “You’re absolutely disgusting.”

The initial vote had to be redone due to a technical issue. On the second vote, Allard refused to participate.

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Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson

Mayor Dave Bronson adamantly opposes forcing residents to mask, and he condemned the Assembly’s action.

“Under the cloak of darkness and while misleading the public that they would be allowed to testify on the mask mandate before a vote, at 10:35pm the Anchorage Assembly snuck in an Emergency Mask Mandate that didn’t take public testimony,” he said via his Facebook page. “They have broken the public trust, and this Emergency Order Mask Mandate will be vetoed.”

It takes eight Assembly members to override the mayor, which they appear to have.

The Assembly chastised residents for abusing the public process by testifying in such great numbers that they were unable to actually vote on the measure.

Enforcement of the mandate, however, is under Bronson’s authority and he has repeatedly stated that he would not require residents to mask against their will.

As written, the mandate requires residents to wear masks over their noses and mouths when they are indoors in areas open to the public or communal spaces shared with other individuals not from one’s household.

Enforcement falls on the backs of local businesses owners who must deny admittance to anyone who refuses to mask. It exempts religious assemblies, Mayor Bronson and his executive team, athletic events and those working out in gyms.

Effective immediately, the mandate will expire after two months or when Anchorage has either “reached a point of sufficient medical capacity” or “there is no longer substantial or high community transmission of the virus.”

After effectively bypassing additional public comments on the highly controversial mandate, Assembly leadership issued a statement claiming that it “truly appreciates the engagement from so many members of our community on this issue. It is important that we engage in vigorous and healthy debates on issues before passing measures that will deeply impact our community. It is also important that the Assembly protects our community’s right to due process and to be heard and moves forward with the critical business of making hard and important decisions for our city.”

Over the past two weeks, hundreds of residents packed the Assembly Chambers, most adamantly opposing the mandate.

The Assembly statement also chastises Anchorage residents for what they referred to as abuse of the public process by turning out in such great numbers that the Assembly was unable to actually vote on the measure.

Repeatedly noted during the meeting was the fact that Anchorage case counts, while high, are in steady decline, and Alaska’s COVID mortality rates are the third lowest in the nation.

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Anchorage Assembly misleads public, imposes mask mandate under ‘cloak of darkness’

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.


  • G Aleution says:

    I believe it was a fraudulent act because there was no notice that it was going to be heard. The nine tricked themselves. Fraud vitiates everything. Therefore it is just declared fraud by the lawyers and it is dead with no resurrection by eight. The Constitution does not allow fraud to stand. So it’s history. Also, they were sitting with two physically present. That is not a quorum and electonic presence is dependent upon varying qualities of computer interactiveness, or not. Prove to me the meeting happened. It has been electronicly removed. Nothing they voted on has any validity. Due to recklessness the show was a mere, upsetting, disasterous pantomime.

  • Andy says:

    Svengali would be proud of the assembly and their tactics.

    • Sharon Alice Turner says:

      Hmm? Not sure Svengali was a Marxist, totalitarian Stain wanna be? This junior bunch of Narcissists.. are Gnats compared to real leaders and Oath keeping representatives of WE the tax paying voters! SO what will we do? Vote them out! And send them packing. Most like Constant came here to make his ‘fortune’, time he is kicked out. He is a reprehensible foul odorous boil on the butt of Anchorage. Grandma

  • Kfinh says:

    Here’s the problem the republicans believe the constitution is the law of the land and bind themselves with that document. The democrats sees the constitution as an old paper that gets in their way. If they can’t make changes to the constitution to effect change they just write new laws. Then if those laws are challenged in court then they’ll just find a judge to interpret the law in their favor. And that is how the democrats uses the system against the republicans. Win at all cost regardless of what the citizenry want.

    • Dean says:

      Spot on

      • Sharon Alice Turner says:

        Absolutely correct Dean. WE the folks still “cling to our beliefs in Constitution, Bill of Rights, Due Process, rule of law. Do we see any of this lately?

    • Steve+Peterson says:

      Yes, you are right on. They only defer to the Constitution when it benefits them, but generally they ignore it and circumvent it with the help of crooked bureaucrats and judges.

  • Burt says:

    Boycott Anchorage, if you have to go there go Open Faced and Open Carry.

  • Michael Thurber says:

    From now on any City Council members should be addressed as “Liar Councilmember”. I never thought I would see ANY elected officials actually out and out lie to the citizens of a city like they did. But then again I am talking about the Democrat Communist Party members of the Anchorage city council. Sad, so very sad.

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  • Mark+Clemons says:

    The city council just committed fraud on the citizens of anchorage, they should be held to account of violations against the constitution and the citizens of anchorage, and as far as I’m concerned they should be run out of town.

    • Sharon Alice Turner says: the ‘olden days’ if would be tarred feathered and run outta town on a rail. But being a (so far) God fearing, law abiding Citizen of the US of A….

  • Steve+Peterson says:

    It is appropriate that the scoundrels wear masks like robbers, because that is what they are.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    No mask ever, open carry.
    This is naked tyranny.
    Evil flourishes when good men do nothing.
    The authoritarian nature of the Left is frightening.
    If anyone tells you to leave their store DO NOT graciously say, “Ok”, like some beta simp. Get in their face and let them have it. Be sure, when they lay down in bed at night – they are still shaking from their encounter with you.
    We either fight now with incivility or…

  • BB says:

    Since politics doesn’t work with the tyrants on the assembly maybe its time we drag then into the streets….

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Love Jamie Allard, this lady rocks. Taking the heat standing up to these bullies.

  • G Aleutian says:

    Would it be civil to deliver tonight’s catered dinner to a shelter please? And, until we get actual civility from the assembly? Arrest them if they won’t work for the people.

  • mhs says:

    And I bet these same assembly pucks would rather see a person get an air compressor shoved into their lungs and turned up full blast than let them have Ivermectin and the malaria drugs which causes no harm. I don’t live in Anchorage but if I did I’d be holding a sign in front of their home and I sure wouldn’t be wearing a slave mask. Lets Go Brandon

    • DoneWithIt says:

      Let’s Go Brandon!
      Let’s Go Anchorage Assembly!
      Let’s Go Dunbar!
      Let’s Go Maskers!
      Let’s Go Vaxxers!

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    What happened to “servants of the people?” What happened to the Rule of Law? The classical liberal have been taken over by the leftists who take their marching orders from somewhere in the lower 48, nothing to do with Anchorage. Just a bunch of godless people who want to be in rebellion against God. Who heads that up? Duh.

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    And Godly principles by which civilized societies are supposed to govern……