2018 Anchorage Mayoral Candidate Interviews

Alaska Public Media attended a Mayoral Candidate Forum at the Anchorage Rotary Meeting on March 13, 2018 at the Dena’ina Center. The audio from this forum was featured on Addressing Alaskans.

Election Day is April 3, 2018. In addition to ballot propositions and school board seats, Anchorage voters will decide who will be the city’s next mayor. Alaska Public Media invited each mayoral candidate to participate in an on-camera interview and/or fill out a written questionnaire to share their views on some of the most-discussed issues facing Anchorage. Front-runners Rebecca Logan and Ethan Berkowitz were interviewed together on Alaska Insight on Friday, March 23. To view the full show, visit alaskapublic.org/alaskainsight.

Click on the links below for full interviews with each candidate.

Note: Candidates Jacob Kern and Ron Stafford declined Alaska Public Media’s request for an interview. Candidate Rebecca Logan took part in the interview on Alaska Insight but declined to fill out the written questionnaire.



Dustin Darden




Ethan Berkowitz



Matthew Mendonsa




Nelson Godoy



Paul Kendall




Timothy Huit

Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. She creates original video content for the station's TV and digital platforms while also overseeing the Production Department. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV and Radio Broadcast Journalist where she traveled around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, Australia, and the Southern United States reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, yoga, and traveling.

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