Drummond. There Can Be Only One.
Well, this is a fine fix you’ve gotten us into, Harriet Drummond!
One of our favorite Assembly members had the temerity to win the State House seat for her district. She also had the horrible lack of foresight to not stretch side to side until she divided like an amoeba in a spectacular display of binary fission, creating two Harriet Drumonds so both positions could be filled. More’s the pity.
Now we have an issue – an empty Anchorage Assembly seat.
By January 15, the first regular Assembly meeting of the new year, and until the next Municipal election (what could go wrong), the Assembly will appoint someone to settle their keester on the hallowed chair.
The process starts December 5, when the official notice will be issued, along with a map of the new reapportioned district. The old districts went out the window and lines were drawn behind closed doors with no public input by three old white, right-leaning men. Progressive Downtown once again is under-represented with only one Assembly member. As of yet the new district map remains unchallenged, mostly because incumbents feel secure.
But, I digress.
Next, the applicants (who must live in the district, and be a qualified voter) will submit their declaration of candidacy forms in person to the Clerk between December 10, and December 31.
Here’s the fun part.
“Applicants will be evaluated by the Assembly on the basis of the written applications, without public hearing, or interviews with the Assembly. The Assembly will appoint a qualified applicant to fill the vacancy by casting successive ballots until one applicant receives a majority of six votes.”
Balloting will happen at the January 15 meeting, and the new interim Assembly member is expected to be chosen at that time.
That’s the official story from Assembly Chair Ernie Hall who issued a press release Wednesday afternoon.
No explanation about in what order the applicants will be considered. But whichever one gets six votes first, wins, I guess. Of course, anyone following the Assembly will know that Ms. Drummond, who just won her House seat as a Democrat, is one of the more left-leaning members of the “non-partisan” body. Will she get a vote? Will the temporary appointee be permitted to run for the seat in the April election, and use their appointed incumbency to advantage?
Interestingly, less than an hour after the press release was issued, another announcement came through the series of tubes. Behold.
Well, look at that. It’s none other than Andy Clary, son of Glen Clary of the Anchorage Baptist Temple ——-> (take a look).
Clary the Younger got that little assignment as the Chair of the Municipal Budget Advisory Commission from none other than his buddy Dan Sullivan, and after being beaten last time, has been hovering around the Assembly chambers waiting for his turn.
And look again! His fundraising kickoff is being co-hosted by not only Mayor Dan Sullivan himself, but Assembly members Adam Trombley, Bill Starr, and Chris Birch, along with a host of other anti-union, oily usual suspects. Is anyone surprised?