Amid a contentious six-hour meeting, the leftist supermajority of the Anchorage Assembly voted 9-3 to give itself the power to remove any current or future mayor and replace them with a person of their choosing. The July 12 vote to approve the new measure included the backing of newly sworn in Assemblyman Daniel Volland. Below, is a statement released by Bronson following the vote.


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Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson

The Anchorage Assembly’s action tonight to pass ordinance AO 2022-60 is intended to remove a duly elected Mayor from office.

This ordinance will create discord and distrust amongst the public.

The actions in this ordinance will set a precedent that will forever change how municipal government is administered. This ordinance is clearly a partisan effort to attack the executive branch because this Assembly doesn’t agree with my administration’s policies.

If there was a mayor who identified as being Democrat, would you be pushing this same initiative? Or if there was a Democrat mayor in a Republican majority on the Assembly, would you support this type of legislation?

Why in the 50-year history of Anchorage is this needed now?

As evidenced by the outcry of opposition in the media and in the public, I firmly believe Assembly Member Chris Constant has gone too far. He clearly is ignoring the will of the people who they have decided who their mayor is.

There already exists a method for removal, it’s called a recall. Why is this not good enough?

No Mayor, present or future, should be subject to a coup by an Assembly that doesn’t agree with their politics.

I will continue to fight this until the end.

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Mayor blasts Anchorage Assembly’s ‘partisan’ vote to assume impeachment powers over him

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.


  • James says:

    This is what happens when there are no longer any shared values between what are now effectively two nations trying to inhabit the same country.
    It’s like a third-world internecine tribal conflict except with a thin veneer of Robert’s Rules of Order.
    It’s not about what’s moral, ethical, just, or even lawful. It’s about power.

  • Randy says:

    If the people of Anchorage allow this travesty to continue, they deserve what comes next.

    • Dee Cee says:

      And the people who ensured the continued placement of Dunbar, Constant, LaFrance, Zalatel, and Rivera want this. Also, downtown’s new addition. They want this. Obviously there is a political will for a uni-government, and yes, those citizens will most certainly get exactly what they are asking for: tyranny.

      • JC AK says:

        The one person who ensured the continued placement of Dunbar, Constant, LaFrance, Zalatel, and Rivera is Barbara Jones.

    • James says:

      Permanent mask mandates and vaccine passports incoming…

      • Gunter Thompson says:

        Nonsense but maybe Alaska will go the way of SE states and install a pregnancy mandate.

      • Proud Alaskan says:

        Yes masks all round coming to your cesspool of a city los anchorage this fall.
        The last two years I’ve never bowed done to there masks or shot mandates.
        Anchorage is a sick disgusting evil city.

  • brandon says:

    They do not listen to reason… they have an agenda and couldn’t care less about the people’s choice.

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    So we the people of Alaska that voted for the mayor are all slapped in the face and told we don’t count for anything. It’s time for a change in Anchorage. Constant needs to go! If he can’t deal with the law and recall the mayor legally he is the problem not the mayor. It’s obvious more people wanted a change or they wouldn’t of voted for a conservative mayor. I hope someone has money enough to take this one to court and tie it up in court till the mayor’s reelection.

  • Gunter Thompson says:

    We’ve never endured a more incompetent mayor than Bronson.

  • Jimbo says:

    It’s all about the money. The liberal assembly gets voted in by government employees union members. They vote to protect and increase their paychecks. The conservatives need to realize, they need to be a super voter too, but it looks like it’s too late.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Yes I think mayor Bronson is awesome
    Get over it your Boy Dunbar lost

  • Robert Bowe says:

    It is evident that those who would support this theft of power by the assembly understand the reason behind the constitutional idea of the separation of powers. They must realize that they would be forced to defend their evil agenda to others whose intellect has not been compromised. So they choose to destroy the separation of powers and impose their KARENSHIP without restraint.

  • Wardaug says:

    This more reason for Eagle River to exit the Peoples republic of Anchorage!

  • Theresa says:

    If any local reps have violated the public trust, Berkowitz would top the list, followed by the Leftist cabal on the Assembly, and Austin Quinn-Davidson. No special election after Berkowitz resigned? AQD’s term extended beyond the limit for an acting mayor? AQD’s almost immediate violation of her own go-nowhere-if-you-test-positive-for-Covid order? Crickets.
    Mayor Bronson is 100% accurate in recognizing this ordinance as a partisan attack on the executive branch.

  • Great Granny says:

    Is it possible to recall several members of the assembly…i.e. Constant, LaFrance, AQD, Rivera…just to start somewhere!??

  • Missi says:

    The votes of the people CHOSE the Mayor of Anchorage! The fact that “Anchorage Assembly gave itself the power to remove any current or future mayor and replace them with a person of their choosing” LEGALLY IT IS NOT THE CHOICE OF THE ANCHORAGE ASSEMBLY NO MATTER HOW MANY CHANGES THEY TRY TO MAKE TO THE CITY RULES. NOW WE THE TAXPAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO PAY FOR THIS & THE LEGAL BATTLE THIS ASSEMBLY HAS STARTED. RECALL & DO NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE THAT WONT LISTEN TO THE VOTE OF THE PEOPLE !!!