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Story Last modified at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Three vie for Eagle River seat on Anchorage Assembly
Election day is Tuesday, April 5; polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Alaska Star staff

The Eagle River seat on the Anchorage Assembly, Section 2 Seat C, is up for election on April 5. Incumbent Bill Starr is being challenged by retired veteran Bob Lupo and electrician Douglas Urquidi. Assembly members serve three-year terms.

Voters will be busy on Assembly races next Tuesday. Numerous incumbents face challengers. In Section 1 Seat B, incumbent Patrick Flynn is running against Ron Alleva and Albert L. Swank Jr. In Section 3 Seat E, incumbent Harriet Drummond faces Peter Olsen, Kendra Taber, and Liz Vazquez. In Section 4 Seat G, incumbent Elvi Gray-Jackson is being challenged by Dave Bronson and Billy Ray Powers. In Section 5 Seat I, incumbent Mike Gutierrez faces Paul Bauer and Adam Trombley. In Section 6 Seat K, Chris Birch is running against Mike Kenny.

Assembly Section 2 Seat C

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Lupo

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Starr

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URQUIDI

BOB LUPO

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired U.S. Army, with service in U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Alaska Army National Guard. Also retired from federal service.

Family: 4 children and 6 grandchildren

Years lived in Eagle River: 27 continuous years in the same house.

Any elected office held: Not yet

Any elected office previously sought: Sheriff, Assembly, Mayor, Lt. Governor (Yeah, I know - I'm relentless)

Civic/religious organizations: Masons, Shriners, Elks, Eagles, American Legion, VFW, American Radio Relay League, National Rifle Association, Veterans Party of Alaska (Chair)

Describe your priorities for the Assembly in 150 words or less:

My primary goal is to bring all public-safety services within the municipality to a fully operational condition and to maintain that capability above all others. A government's first obligation must be to insure the security of its people; everything else should be secondary.

I will not whitewash my intentions by telling you that I will cut your taxes. It costs money to operate a city, and any reasonable user of that city would not be adverse to paying their fair share, as long as they know, and agree, where and how their money is being spent. I will only support the fair and legitimate spending of your tax dollars. I will do what I can to assist those who are distressed, but only to the point of helping them become self-sufficient. I promise to use logic and reason, sans emotion, in all of my decision-making.

BILL STARR

Age: 49

Occupation: Business Owner, Block 500 Development

Family: Wife, Jacque, 26 years; children Ryan, Megan and Jordan

Years lived in Eagle River: 16

Any elected office held: Community council president, Assembly member

Any elected office sought: Assembly

Civic/religious organizations: Community Covenant Church, Alaska Airmen's Association, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

Describe your priorities for the Assembly in 150 words or less: We need to establish a solid base of fiscal stability and predictable spending both for the municipality and school district. This should also entail reducing the size and cost of government to provide property tax relief. Our community needs government to be business-friendly and facilitate jobs. We need to find our financial balance while providing for public safety, good roads, and open spaces. I'm motivated to find effective solutions to these challenges to ensure our community remains unique and livable. Our future elected officials are likely to face continued budget pressures, development and land-use challenges, and economic uncertainty. It's important to me that experienced and effective leaders are working for us.

DOUGLAS URQUIDI

Age: 46

Occupation: Electrician. I have been working in construction for more than 30 years.

Family: (Candidate did not answer)

Years lived in Eagle River: I have lived 17 years in the Municipality of Anchorage.

Any elected office held: (Candidate did not answer)

Any elected office sought: (Candidate did not answer)

Civic/religious organizations: Religion-Eastern Orthodox Christian

Describe your priorities for the Assembly in 150 words or less:

Homeowners and businesses are paying all the taxes and this is wrong. The city this year will spend $1.3 billion dollars for the school and city operating budgets alone. That's not including all the bonded debt the city owes. On average, for every $200,000 assessed value on your house, of the check that you write for your house payment every month, your tax burden is $400. My plan will start off reducing this by $100. We need to start cutting waste in all departments now. It's time the city consolidate services and set up private contractors to do services the city should not be doing. I will go through city and school budgets line by line. It's time to review all exemptions and see who should start paying taxes. I will never vote for any excise tax.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.