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.