The April 2015 Anchorage mayoral race just got one-more-person interesting. First term Chugiak/Eagle River Assemblywoman Amy Demboski, a rising star in conservative circles, is throwing her hat in the ring. Demboski is a paralegal with an MBA from Columbia Southern University. She said in a statement that she will be “a stoic voice for the taxpayers, focusing on fiscal restraint, essential city services, accountability, and ethical leadership.”
Demboski has agreed with, and campaigned on, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s proposals to rein in the power of the unions. Demboski’s husband is a fire captain and a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, which is part of a strong coalition of union members that have fought Sullivan’s proposals.
However, because the issue is on the November ballot, the union fight will likely not play a big part in the mayor’s race.
So far, the only other candidate to announce a run is former Assemblyman Dan Coffey, who’s been spending copious amounts of time trying to learn everything that he can about the workings of the municipality. He’s also a prodigious fundraiser. So far Coffey raised about $125,000. Demboski is no fundraising slouch, however. She raised $50,116 for her Assembly race.
Demboski is a Republican and will likely come at Coffey from the right. Coffey is an independent, but already has the support of many business Republicans in the city.
Demboski couldn’t be reached for comment. Coffey welcomed her into the race. He was reached just after he left an event at the Anchorage Boys and Girls Club, where along with about 250 other residents, he listened to New Jersey Senator Corey Booker talk about the importance of voting.
Coffey says he’s the better candidate than Demboski because he “knows enough to get the things done that need to get done.”
One of Coffey’s main priorities is affordable housing and to make sure that taxes and utility bills don’t continue to rise so that “people who are working hard to feed their families don’t get pushed out of their homes,” he said.
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