5 questions with Anchorage School Board candidates

The Anchorage municipal election is April 5. It will be conducted by mail, and ballots have already been sent out. (More on how to vote here.) 

Among what voters are weighing in on: filling two seats on the seven-member Anchorage School Board. School board members are elected to three-year terms in area-wide races, meaning all Anchorage voters weigh in on each seat.

To help sift through the candidates, the Anchorage Daily News sent them a list of survey questions. Here’s this year’s school board candidates’ answers to five of those questions, and for more visit adn.com.

The questions:

1. What’s the single most important issue facing the Anchorage School District? How would you address it if elected?

2. Rate how the Anchorage School District has handled the pandemic, and why.

3. Many students are struggling due to pandemic-related challenges, both academically and behaviorally. What are some strategies the school district should prioritize to help students recover from that period?

4. Is the Anchorage School District doing a good job of retaining quality teachers?

5. If I could change one thing in the Anchorage School District, it would be _____. Explain.

Click on each candidate’s photo to see how they answered. 

Anchorage School Board Seat A

Margo Bellamy

Mark Anthony Cox

Cliff Murray

Candidate Dan Loring did not respond to ADN’s survey. Also, since this survey was published, Cliff Murray has dropped out of the race.

Anchorage School Board Seat B

Dustin Darden

Kelly Lessens

Kelly Lessens is running for School Board in the April 2022 election. (Michael Dinneen Photography)

Rachel Ries

Benjamin Baldwin did not respond to ADN’s survey and has suspended his campaign.