In a room again filled with those opposed to their actions, the leftist majority on the Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 to override Mayor Bronson’s veto of the mask mandate, which Assembly members passed on Oct. 12. Assemblywomen Jamie Allard and Crystal Kennedy were the only “no” votes.

Assembly Chair Suzanne LaFrance opens the Oct. 14 meeting to override Mayor Dave Bronson’s veto of the mask mandate.

Each member voted via roll call. The nine “yes” votes were roundly booed while the two “no” votes drew cheers and applause.

Unlike past meetings, assembly Chair Suzanne LaFrance made little effort to silence or threaten the crowd for making noise.

When Assemblywoman Meg Zaletel voted to override the veto, one person shouted, “recall” in reference to the fact that she is facing a recall election on Oct. 26. The ballots to remove her from office have already arrived for residents who live in Assembly District 4.

Before the vote, Assemblywoman Crystal Kennedy urged her colleagues to abandon the veto override. She expressed concern that the mandate has deeply divided Anchorage and suggested that many on the Assembly simply wanted to send a message to the mayor.

“Overriding a veto by the mayor of something of this magnitude is not a good idea,” she said.

Assemblymembers Pete Peterson and Christopher Constant briefly defended their actions, claiming they were overriding the mayor because they believe it was the right thing to do.

The fix was in from the beginning, as the overwhelmingly left-leaning Assembly was determined to override the conservative mayor. In the end, it may not matter, as Bronson has stated that there will be no fines, fees or other penalties for ignoring the mandate. Since he has control over enforcement the mandate is essentially a recommendation.

A line forms to testify against the Anchorage Assembly’s vote to override Mayor Dave Bronson’s veto of the mask mandate.

After the vote, LaFrance announced that public comment would end at 5:30 p.m. sharp, leaving the crowd with a mere 15 minutes to address their elected representatives on what is arguably the most divisive issue in the city’s history.

Allard introduced a motion to extend the meeting to 7:30 p.m. to let everyone address their representatives. This failed 4 to 7 with Allard, Kennedy, Weddleton and LaFrance voting to extend the meeting. All others were opposed.

This meant only four people could testify, with a long line waiting behind them.

The first speaker proposed that children be taught a “mask curriculum” so they could understand the barrage of media and governmental lies about the necessity to mask. She said children need to see faces and interact with a world without masks. She emphasized that people “own their own body,” and the government does not have “super powers” to control people.

A large crowd turns out to voice opposition to the Anchorage Assembly’s Oct. 14 vote to override Mayor Dave Bronson’s veto of a mask mandate.

The second speaker stated, “We will live in strength .. we simply won’t play your game.”

Up next, a woman from Zaletel’s District 4 used her three minutes to post recall Zaletel flyers on the plastic barrier in front of the podium. She then proceeded to open her ballot, and vote to recall Zaletel. She urged others in District 4 to do the same.

Speaking last, a woman said she was “concerned that the Assembly has lost trust with the public,” and reminded them that they represent people who disagree with their overreach.

The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m. with no further testimony permitted.

Following the meeting, Mayor Bronson immediately issued a statement condemning the mandate, which was passed as an emergency ordinance on Oct. 13 in order to shut down the ongoing public hearing which lasted through seven meetings.

“The nine members who voted for this mask mandate ignored the public process, shut down public testimony, shut out the people, and decided that they (not you or your healthcare provider) will make decisions about your personal health,” Bronson said via Facebook.

“Also, 7 members (Dunbar, Constant, Petersen, Zaletel, Quinn-Davidson, Rivera, Perez-Verdia) also voted to shut down public testimony/participation to not allow you to speak again after the veto override,” he added. “It’s clear they don’t want to hear from you.”

He said the Assembly’s actions amount to yet another effort to “force the citizens of Anchorage to do their will” without being able to petition their government.

The mayor then listed every exemption to the mandate. This includes children under five, prisoners, musicians, presenters, those eating, drinking or itching, employees working alone, vaccinated employees who don’t interact with the public or work with the unvaxxed, those who can’t wear mask due to work safety concerns, those who can’t tolerate a mask due to physical or mental disability, athletes engaged in a sport, people working out and religious gatherings. The mayor and his executive team area also exempted from having to wear masks.

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Anchorage Assembly booed after overriding mayor’s mask mandate veto

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.


  • Neil+A+DeWitt says:

    How did they get a 9-2 vote with only 6 people their? I watched it on channel 2 news at 5pm Thursday.

    • Sharon Alice Turner says:

      Like Pelosi in DC either proxy or “allowed’ by the gansta’ regime’ can vote from a very safe distance from WE the People!.. So the Question to Anchorage voters is a loud what are you prepared to do next? Will once again allow the DC Big $$ pacs whose goals are to chip away until all levels of “government” have become totalitarian regimes. Note in April Eastside Dist. 5 have a golden opportunity to finally oust rabid Leftist, Forrest Dunbar Please check out Stephanie Taylor.. You will be pleasantly surprised! Grandma

      • Anchorage Voter says:

        Roberts Rules of Order #64 must have a quorum present which is defined as a majority of the members. Since there was only 4 present in the Assembly Chambers the vote is null and void.

      • Michael+Hughes says:

        It is obvious they could care less a about any rules or items in the city charter. They’re dicators thru and thru. Since they have chosen not to follow the law, much less we the people who they work for, we don’t have to follow their dictates.

  • Timothy+Colbath says:

    Want-a-be Communists are running Anchorage. “We think it is the right thing to do” – “It is for the greater good” is Straight from late 1930’s & early 1940’s Germany under Hitler aimed towards the Jews.

    • Sharon Alice Turner says:

      Thank You. Lately even historical reference to the evils perpetrated by the Third Reich, or the yellow star come under criticism. It should not, and wearing yellow star is NOT in any way a misappropriation of that horror. I grew up with survivors as neighbors, and have been a Daughter of Zion. My generation was seriously taught and shown the ‘real’ photos and accounts.. we DO understand Never again, and use this as a reminder to the Assembly why the Nuremberg Code is so profoundly important Oct. 2021 . grandma

  • Robert+Weel says:

    The nine Liberal Left-Wing Ass(embly) members should all be fired or recalled due to their pathetic attitude toward Anchorage and it’s citizens! All nine are assho*es!

  • Michael S Totten says:

    The assembly doesn’t pay my bills and they don’t share my bed,, so i won’t be wearing your mask.

  • Greg says:

    “Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.”
    ― Ron Paul

  • dalton stokes says:

    The word “harmless” in Matthew 10:16 does not mean harmless. It means be wise as serpents and stay unmixed with people of a different mind. Here’s the definition: G185

    Original: ἀκέραιος

    Transliteration: akeraios

    Phonetic: ak-er’-ah-yos

    Thayer Definition:

    unmixed, pure as in wines or metalsof the mind, without a mixture of evil, free from guile, innocent, simple

    Origin: from G1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of G2767

    TDNT entry: 04:29,3

    Part(s) of speech: Adjective

    Strong’s Definition: From G1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of G2767; unmixed, that is, (figuratively) innocent: –

    Preachers love to tell you that Jesus was weak and girly so you can be the same way. If the American Church wasn’t already dead, it would be stupid

    • kris spencer says:

      That would make sense as all throughout OT & NT God’s people are called to be separate. But I also find the contrast between a serpent and a dove relevant. The first part of vs 16 say “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.” another contrast. My version uses the word “innocent” as doves. In the world, but not OF it. That’s what I think is being conveyed.

  • Wisdom Cries in the Streets says:

    Drive to the Valley to spend your money. I’m not joking. Boycott the Municipality. Make them feel it. I will not comply. I have made it 18 months through this godforsaken “pandemic” and I will not abide a day longer. I have been denied unmasked speech therapy for my 5-year old child (SPEECH therapy with a mask, for the love of God!) with a fully vaccinated therapist. I have endured the stress of a vaccine mandate for my husbands oil&gas employment, our only source of income. I simply cannot abide this tyranny a moment longer. We are constantly bombarded with threats of mandates to travel out of state and the supply chain issues and inflation are putting a strangle hold on our ability to provide for our families through the winter. Not to mention the politicization of medical care! I’m a devout Christian woman – I do not say this lightly…but Let’s go, Brandon! I can’t wait to get out of this state. I didn’t leave Alaska; Alaska left me.

    • kris spencer says:

      The mask thing WILL NOT be enforced…so go about your life as usual. It’s essentially a “recommendation” as mentioned in the article. Many local businesses need your support who have nothing to do with any of these shenanigans. Other places are not necessarily better than Alaska. You should have watched the Assembly meetings as I did. Be proud of your community who gave a lot of time and energy to speaking up. And these are the same community members who elected Bronson. Don’t give up, just hold the line.

      • Grace Brayton says:

        Thumbs up…”Don’t give up. Just hold the line.”

      • Michael+Hughes says:

        Unfortunately, I think a lot of business will. If so, let their mgmt know that you won’t do business with them. Or just walk in and if they try to kick you out, stand your ground and make them try to do so by force; which would be assault. Then you can call the police and have them charged!

      • Wisdom Cries in the Streets says:

        I don’t wish to harm any free-thinking local business. However, I do not feel particularly inclined to spend the time to tote my children to and from stores that may or may not reject our business based upon whether or not I have a mask on my face. My children have been through quite enough. I’d rather avoid the ugliness all together.

    • Jen says:

      Yeah. But there is nothing hospitable than walking up to a sign saying “masks required” the 21st century version of the 19th century “whites only”.

      I will take that up about heading North put studded tires on the car to start driving up to Wasilla agian.
      I can’t eat anyway when I don’t feel welcomed by a host. The mask required gives me indigestion.

      The local businesses don’t have to put the sign up either. The sign as the “whites only” is a real deterrent to creating a hospitable atmosphere.

      • Proud Alaskan says:

        Your so right! I hate those sign.
        Remember the old signs behind the counter
        We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone
        Wait under federal anti-discrimination laws
        Race or color, national origin, religion, sex, age,
        Shall I go on. (Non-vaccinated or non-mask wearers)

        Why do these Woke businesses need a government mandate.
        It will just show me and others what stores to NOT give my business too.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Yes, please drive to the valley to spend your money…and stay there. There you can infect each other freely with whatever disease you may be carrying. You can also infect each other with your stupidity.

  • G Aleution says:


  • JC says:

    With Halloween approaching, I’m imagining a “costume” style of dress as I enter Costco next time so as to avoid being asked about wearing a mask. They will obviously see I have any one of the exceptions as I dangle my handcuffs while playing my violin. Or holding a Bible in my hands, I will proclaim to be a prisoner of Gods love.

  • Burt says:

    Open Face and Open Carry is the best way to protest BS! Show them you’ve had enough and will not take any more Covidian Cult BS.

  • Andy says:

    The left embrace abortion, same sex relations and queers, perverted dancers telling stories to children, critical race theory, restrooms for perverts, closing businesses, tyranny, marxism, masking, vaccinating, high taxes, health mandates, ..did I miss anything? I’m sure theres tons more. What a unamerican bunch they are. Tell me to my face to wear a mask? Not a good idea.

  • G Aleution says:

    The quality of public and public servant verbal interaction is reduced to mere negative, nearly inaudible monosyllables sprinkled stingily at “meetings”. Way to press your luck dems for future “elections”.

  • Theresa says:

    Another important question: who is live editing the YouTube broadcasts of the Assembly meetings?
    And why are some of them removed or unavailable for public viewing immediately after the meeting ends?
    There are huge problems with these practices that need to be addressed.
    Likely violations of the Open Meetings Act.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Yes, its all a huge conspiracy. Just ask all your Facebook friends where you got your information about COVID. Don’t ask a doctor or someone with an education.

  • G Aleution says:

    Their monosyllable is a whispered, lady-like” “nnnuhhhh”. Our monosyllable is a loud “booooo!!!!” which is squelched and they can’t wait to start arresting the taxpayers again at the next meeting. The assembly members show the taxpayers who is who is boss.

  • G Aleution says:

    I love how Constant said the other night accusatively: “I can HEAR you!” :*(
    Heaven forbid the one world order should have to HEAR Annnncrreeeeeechites at their actual meetings. Yes. I feel rancorous.

  • G Aleution says:

    Not everyone, evidently , is governed by the US Constitution. Therefore, thank Almighty God we still have the guarantees of the Magna Carta for due process. Our form of government is LIMITED!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    I will not comply
    I never complied last year either

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      This isn’t me. Someone hijacked my account. I always wear a mask!! I respect the opinion of real doctors and realize that all those conspiracy theories circulated on Facebook are nonsense. Be smart. Wear a mask and get vaccinated people!!!

  • Michael+Hughes says:

    This is now my red line.
    I am currently in SoCal where they have “mandatory ” mask mandates. Most people are ignoring them and no business I have been to is enforcing them!
    It’s time to stand up and actively resist.
    Also, flying down here last week, every one in the airports wore masks, except those in the first class lounges; I was there to see it first hand.

    • Alaskan says:

      Can you please give more details about flight you were on? What air company was it?
      That’s just pure “back to the 50th of Black history to me. …….
      so “you paid for you to breath as a human” and the rest of you are “just a bunch of loosers”, so you will put muzzles on.

  • ak49 says:

    They need to be voted out . They are not real Alaskans .

  • G Aleution says:

    Peggy Childers, aka “Margaret Ann Windsor” wrote a book entitled “A License to Kill” (the title later appropriated for a James Bond movie. Her book was about her research of American medical abuse in conjunction with political efforts in America in mind-control and her transcripts were stolen from her bank vault after her run for President many years ago to gain publicity regarding her life painful experiences of being a kidnapped royal toddler from a royal palace in England in 1941 and delivered to a poverty stricken family in the US in Alabama near a new military base. The book was never printed or published. According to Peggy she was given a defaced birth certificate of a recently deceased different child to use. No chance she would ever get a US passport and be able to travel to her island and make her claim. There are still royals who accept her today.) Her life in America as a trafficed person has been horrendous and completely documentable. She never waivers in knowlege of who she is, King Edward’s first-born and only child. A portrait of her father accompanied her and was in the attic and has since disappeared. She claims her mother was Claudia Ruth O’keeffe baby sister of the famous artist who Peggy resembles. Peggy believes King Edward and Claudia Ruth (a school teacher)were legally married in England to each other and lived in America. Peggy was baptised in the Church of England. The Wallace Simpson (an incredible look alike of Claudia) story was concocted as alternative propaganda and told and retold ad nauseum. Peggy believes the story concocted was to keep her from ever being able to reclaim her identity. Though kidnapped and traumatized Peggy worked for historical and significant documentable people and her story never waivers. Peggy is a person of great principle and strength of character one would believe congruent with someone with actual divine right to lead her country. She is cognizent even in her old age of recognizing ruse and maladministrations. Her experiences give evidence that medical industries are often useful “tools” of tyrannical government inclinations. While Peggy was a child her finger was cut off and sent to GB. Peggy’s finger grew back miraculously like a child with miraculous kinship would and did. That digit is in royal archives in one of the palaces among other artifacts. It would be the smallest one. Prince Charles on televsion and I saw the episode joked about someone sending a finger to them “for some reason”. A blood test in one of her medical experiences brought the hospital blood doctor to her bed with a question “who are you?”. A review of King Edward’s letters indicate that the charm bracelet King Edward had made (for Claudia Ruth O’Keeffe?) was the charm “OK” and inscribed “and then there were three” during a time when Claudia Ruth was pregnant. OK was a modern American term which the O’keeffes, a large Irish family, liked to say was their family initial’s. Why else would “David” put it on a charm bracelet? Prince Charles has a deep, resonant, memorable voice as does his cousin Peggy Childers. Peggy is the nearly identical image of a forensic likeness of Queen Elizabeth I, forbear of Peggy’s. Peggy recalls her kidnapping at age two from the castle. It is one of her earliest memories. She remembers the pinstriped suits the American men wore. She remembers she was taken out of a hidden room and passageway the royals have brazenly published phtographs of. One of the O’Keefe sisters married a railroad tycoon and had one child a daughter named “Cookie” who died in a plane crash. That Aunt had a large castle built which was one of the most beautiful palatial estates on the east coast now a museum while Peggy is indigent and a frightening state secret. The name “Cookie” in that generation was a disparaging nickname given unfortunately to the plump “Queen Mum” by then detractors. It wouldn’t be a stretch Peggy’s Irish Aunt would have cheerfully named her only daughter “Cookie” as a nose thumb to “the throne” that felt the O’keeffe youngest daughter couldn’t elevate social. Claudia Ruth O’keeffe was a recorded visitor to that palatial estate. The housekkeepers said she was an unhappy woman. Who wouldn’t be under the circumstances. There is much American “History” we have not been allowed to know with Britain in charge of “our” news. With Donald J Trump as the US Commander In Chief I’d like him to kindly check the archives for the real information to restore this woman’s true identity as a remedy to the tragedy. When people sing and pray “God Save the Queen” He may have just done so in the regal bearing of Peggy Childers who has two nice sons with American Indian and British ancestry.

  • G Aleutian says:

    Correction: I believe Peggy Childers ran for Congress not the Presidency.