by Jason Lamb
Thursday, April 1, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Three candidates are facing off for the Assembly seat to represent West Anchorage.
The district is bordered to the east by Arctic Boulevard and the south by 100th Avenue.
Incumbent Matt Claman is being challenged by Ernie Hall and Bill Sigler.
"It really takes a good year to really start understanding all the details of both the Assembly's role as a check and balance on the mayor, and also the budget process," Claman said.
One of his challengers, though, thinks Assembly members are too often taking sides.
"I think everybody really has the concern about us getting past partisanship and just working together as individuals to deal with the issues that we've got coming at us," Hall said.
Sigler says he's running at the request of friends who were unsatisfied with their alternatives.
"Three or four of my friends suggested there really wasn't really much of a choice with the current layout on the ballot, so they asked me to run. I didn't want to, one of my friends went and got the paperwork and it was there and I was like, well I can do that it's not a big deal," he said.