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Editor’s note: On Oct. 13, Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson issued the following statement in response to the Anchorage Assembly’s Oct. 12 vote to pass an emergency mask mandate without public notice or open testimony.


We live in the United States of America, a country founded on the premise that “We the People” are sovereign, which means the individual has rights. Our republican form of government was instituted to preserve and protect those rights, not to violate them.

Those of us who work in municipal government are public servants; the people of Anchorage are our employers, not our subjects.

Alaska is The Last Frontier of America’s natural beauty and limitless potential; it is also the Last Frontier of individual liberty. We pride ourselves in our commitment to protecting fundamental rights, to making our great state a place where freedom can flourish. At least, we did until yesterday.

Please know, there are no fines, no fees and no punishments for violating this ordinance.

The late-night actions of the Anchorage Assembly were deceitful and wrong. The Assembly didn’t even have the conviction, courtesy or courage to take those actions in front of the people. They openly displayed their scorn for the public process, which is fundamental to self-government and self-governance.

The people were told there would be public testimony this week. Instead, the Anchorage Assembly shut down public testimony, did a bait and switch, and snuck in their personal desires. They have made their agenda clear: shut down the people, shut down the public process, and shove the heavy hand of government mandates into your personal health decisions.

Make no mistake, the Anchorage Assembly is not done with such intrusions. At the core of liberty is the ability to live freely and peacefully in the midst of disagreement, and the humility to admit that you don’t have all the answers. The Assembly’s decision to pass an ordinance in the dark of night is a unilateral declaration that they know what’s best for the city of Anchorage, that they know what’s right, and that the people will comply. I reject the idea that only the government can save the people. You have the right to make your own decisions to address your personal health needs.

As your Mayor, I have said repeatedly, I am against mandates for masks or vaccines. I am against forcing individuals to make medical health decisions, based on the personal desires or views of nine elected representatives, especially when the public’s participation in the process has been prematurely and deliberately curtailed.

Please know, there are no fines, no fees and no punishments for violating this ordinance. It’s just one more effort by our Assembly to force the citizens of Anchorage to do their will without hearing from everyone who wanted to testify or participate in the public process. The Anchorage Assembly has continued to break the public’s trust. I have issued my veto.

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Mayor Bronson: Anchorage Assembly continues to break the public’s trust

Dave Bronson
Dave Bronson serves as Mayor of Anchorage.


  • Joel Reeves says:

    Thank you Mayor Bronson

  • Richard+Eide says:

    Fairbanks could use a strong, conservative mayor. If only….

  • Robert+Weel says:

    Thank you Mayor Bronson for using your brains and common sense for our fabulous city! It is a sad, pathetic shame that the Anchorage Ass(embly) refuses to do the same thing!

  • G Aleutian says:

    I believe the Mayor needs an Constitutional expert not generalist legal resource immediately to evaluate recent events and the abandonment of OUR INTERESTS BY the strangers on the assembly. These strangers on the assembly have given evidence of gigantic disregard for our financial safety and our Constitutional rights are beyond them. I hope the State of Alaska sends a copy of Mason’s Manual. I believe you and the residents are undersupported by the club rules of Robert’s Rules which doesn’t emphasize Constitutional implications. I am concerned the public is not allowed free-form interacting at the meetings. THIS Constitutional Assembly is for us not the assembly strangers and really we don’t know them and we don’t like them. This is not assemblage for them to express impatience and dislike for us. It is for us to fellowship re our city concerns. I WOULD LIKE THE CITY TO STOP PAYING FOR CATERING SERVICES FOR THESE SURPRISING STRANGERS FOR A BIT. THANK YOU.

  • Greg says:

    The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself… Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.

    — H. L. Mencken

  • Mark+Clemons says:

    Recall them all except the 2 assembly members who voted against the will of the communist pack of wanna be dictators. They no longer hide their socialist urges to dictate every little thing in our lives, in my opinion they are traders to Alaska and America, we need a tribunal and if found guilty of for treason, well you know what that penalty is, like I said it’s my opinion.

    • Billy+MegaWood says:

      Don’t pussy foot around. Do I have to say for you? If found guilty shoud be hung until Dead.

  • nicole says:

    The Constitution to the State of Alaska:
    We the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political, civil, and religious liberty within the Union of States, do ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska.
    This constitution is dedicated to the principles that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the enjoyment of the rewards of their own industry; that all persons are equal and entitled to equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law

  • Penny+Johnson says:

    The Cv-19 cases are down 32% this week and have been in steady decline for 3 weeks. The medical community, which refuses to offer Early Home Ambulatory Treatment as advised by the FLCCC, knows exactly why people are having to be vented (93% die). Prov, AK Regional, Mat-Su have been telling patients to “go home, take Advil, some Nyquil and lie in your own rot”. Essentially they’re causing needless suffering, injury and in vent cases, death. EHAT stops viral load early in the replication phase 0 – 7 days. For those hospitals to allow patients to regress to an exaggerated immune response (Cytokine storm) or worse hypoxia and microthrombosis is UNCONSCIONABLE. There will be a day of reckoning, after these administrators are long gone. But they and hospitals will be sued severally and individually. See for a printable guide to home based treatment.

  • G Aleutian says:

    Ten Principles That Govern Procedure in Decision Making
    1. The legislative body must have organized, acquiring the power and authority to make decisions.
    So, do assembly ladies just get up one morning and say: I think I’ll run a few hospitals today and all their possible patients in town. POINT TO THAT DELEGATION OF POWER AND AUTHORITY IN THE CONSTITUTION AND GRUNT. I ‘ll wait.
    See what I mean? “Must have acquired the power and authority to make decisions. Mason’s Manual PG 2.

  • BackcountryBoy says:

    Thank you Mayor Bronson! I would encourage everyone to write him and thank him for standing strong! He needs to be encouraged. He cannot fight alone.

  • Linda says:

    Yes, Thank You, Mayor Bronson for having stood up (once again) for the citizens of Anchorage. 18 months of masking is quite enough, especially when the leading “health” official for the USA said it would only be 2 weeks…he was only off by about 70 weeks. Enough of this insanity…it’s not about health in my opinion but about control/power.

  • Doug glenn says:

    Anchorage you elected thin skinned lunatics to manage your city. Your mayor is your only hope at this point. These communists are set on the destruction of our nation.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    What an AWESOME statement.
    Now thats what a Real mayor, acts and looks like.
    Thank You Mr Bronson you Rock

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    I’m going to print out this statement. So when the little woke sheep want me to wear a mask. I’ll say here you go read this.
    Plus I have not been wearing your diaper mask this whole time.
    Remember it’s my choice not some renegade assembly voting in the cloak of darkness

  • Dorothy Purma Foster says:

    I could not disagree more with the Mayor. Mask mandates help protect me and my fellow citizens. Your practice of non-masking puts my health and my community risk greater. Grow up: think about someone else besides your selfish, self-centered and misconceived sense of “liberty”….if it kills your neighbor that is not liberty for all. I did not vote for Bronson because I knew it would make such crazy comments and put our community at risk.

    • Debra Blouin says:

      Grow up and get a spine. If you are worried about contracting COVID-19, by all means isolate yourself, mask up, get the jab.
      “If it kills your neighbor”??? Puh-lease. AND you do not speak for any community. You are speaking your own fears, and then appropriating some unearned moral high ground. Go back to California!

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  • Wisdom Cries in the Streets says:

    “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to GOD.” -John Knox

  • G Aleutian says:

    So very rude. Not one word to the Mayor. No acknowledgement of the public. Very marginal public servants.

  • Charlotte Lamb says:

    Thank You Sir, Mayor Bronson, for being a man of Principle and a voice of reason.