5 file for Chugiak-Eagle River assembly seat — including a former legislator

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:33

Star staff report

UPDATE (Thursday, Feb. 16): Stephany Jeffers removed her name from the candidates’ list before the Tuesday, Feb. 14 deadline. The final list of candidates for Chugiak-Eagle River includes Fred Dyson, Gretchen Wehmhoff, Patrick Donnelly and John Brassell.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Five people have thrown their hats into the ring for the Anchorage Assembly seat representing Chugiak-Eagle River, including three who did so on the last day open to filing and one well-known former state legislator.

On Friday, Fred Dyson, Stephany Jeffers and Patrick Donnelly added their names to a list already occupied by John Brassell and Gretchen Wehmhoff. The deadline to file for office was Friday at 5 p.m. Candidates have until Tuesday, Feb. 14 to withdraw from the April 4 election.

The open seat is being vacated by Bill Starr, whose term expires in 2017. Starr cannot run agian due to term limits.

Brassell, of Eagle River, was the first to file for office, putting his name in on Jan. 27; Chugiak’s Wehmhoff followed on Jan. 30.

Eagle River’s Dyson is a retired engineer who left the Alaska Legislature in 2014 after nearly two decades representing the area in the House and Senate.

Dyson will be challenged by four candidates who have not previously served in office. Brassell is the vice president of benefits, account executive for Parker, Smith and Feek in Anchorage. Wehmhoff is a retired teacher who is active on local boards and writes for the ECHO News, a weekly paper in Eagle River. Last year, she ran for the State House District 12 seat won by Cathy Tilton. Jeffers, of Chugiak, is the owner and an instructor at Cirque Boreal, an aerial acrobatics studio in Anchorage. Donnelly lives in Eagle River and has not previously run for office.

For more information on the election, visit muni.org