Note: As part of our coverage of the 2021 Anchorage mayoral race, the Landmine invited the Dunbar, Bronson, Robbins, Evans, Martinez, and Falsey campaigns to submit one op-ed each of 700 words or less in support of their respective candidates. All submissions received are published as-is and in random order starting on March 1.
Anchorage is in desperate need of leadership. From the rapid increase in public vagrancy, to the Assembly interjecting political interference with Anchorage Police Department policies and procedures, to completely ignoring public testimony and irresponsibly spending public funds towards misguided vagrant shelters, to draconian business shut-downs in the name of protecting the public from COVID; the Acting Mayor and Anchorage Assembly have failed to provide for a safe and prosperous community.
Dave Bronson is the only candidate for Mayor who has the skills to bring a team of business, community, and political leaders together to reverse this downward spiral. Dave will re-open businesses; he will support law enforcement and focus on reducing crime; he will work with non-profits and faith-based organizations to develop and implement a compassionate plan to reduce homelessness by directly addressing the underlying issues of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, and unemployment. He will listen to the public’s concerns to address the most serious issues facing Anchorage.
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It is time to act. Anchorage is not the far left ‘progressive’ city represented by the Acting Mayor and Assembly. Electing Dave Bronson Mayor will restore badly needed balance. He will bring fiscal discipline and principled leadership to City Hall. I heartily endorse Dave Bronson to be the next Mayor of Anchorage. Please join me in bringing strong leadership and a balanced approach to government back to Anchorage. Vote Dave Bronson for Mayor on April 6th.
-Craig Campbell is a former member of the Anchorage Assembly, former Alaska Lieutenant Governor, former President and CEO of Alaska Aerospace, and a retired Alaska National Guard Lieutenant General