In an effort to avoid diluting the conservative vote, Anchorage School Board candidate Cliff Murray has suspended his campaign in the current mail-in election and thrown his support behind fellow conservative Mark Anthony Cox.

Cox is attempting to unseat incumbent Margo Bellamy, a radical far leftist who currently holds Seat A on the School Board. She is endorsed by the abortion business Planned Parenthood.

While it’s too late for Murray to remove his name from the April 5 ballot, he released a video announcement explaining that he has suspended his campaign in order to maximize the conservative vote for Cox.

“I’m here today to let you know that I am withdrawing from the race in as much as I can. I want to throw my support behind Mark Anthony Cox for this election,” Murray explained in the March 13 video. “What we don’t want to have happen is for some people to vote for me and some people vote for Mark and have neither of us end up being victorious in the end.”

He urged voters to back Cox in order to defend and articulate conservative ideas on the leftist-controlled Anchorage School Board.

Cox thanked Murray for his support.

“I can assure you that the values that we share are the values that we need to have on our school board,” Cox said. “I thank you Cliff for this opportunity to have this conversation.”

While Murray’s current campaign may be suspended, he said he plans to run again for the school board in 2023 when he will file for seat D.

Both Murray and Cox responded to the Alaska Watchman school board candidate survey. Each man is opposed to teaching critical race theory in the classroom and spoke of empowering and equipping parents in the education of their children. They also strongly opposed the use of school resources to refer students for abortion and/or to distribute contraception. Likewise, they oppose the current school district policy of allowing transgender biological males to compete against females or to let male students who identify as females to use the opposite sex’s bathrooms or locker rooms. Each man also sees the growing homeschool trend in Anchorage as a positive development that should be expanded and encouraged.

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Cliff Murray drops campaign to avoid diluting conservative vote

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.


  • Steven Chappell says:

    Received my Ballot in the Mail yesterday and can proudly say that I did cast my vote for Mark Anthony Cox. I had read that Cliff Murray had backed out and supported Mr. Cox. We need to shift the School Board back to the intent of the education system to teach our children and grandchildren the basics and not these far Left Conspiracy Theory’s. I may not have children in the school system but do have a 7 year old grandson and want him to be prepared when he graduates and CRT and other items do not fit the bill.

  • S says:

    So what happens if we already voted for Murray? Now our vote is trash and will count for nothing?

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Good for you Mr Murray helping out a conservative so we can get a win.
    To fight the woke school board

    • S says:

      Except they should have done this before the ballots were printed and mailed out. Now the democrats are going to have a bunch of gains from everyone who voted for Murray before this announcement was made.

      • SLA says:

        Before I saw this I had already filled out and sealed my ballot with the intent to place in a drop box today. Just contacted the Municipal elections office and understand I can either: 1. somehow open the envelope and cross out the candidate I mistakenly voted for and mark the candidate I want to vote for or, 2. bring the mismarked ballot to the Loussac library and exchange it for another new ballot. Not sure if this helps anybody, but plan to correct my ballot.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Another strike against the grievous mail in voting.