Anchorage, Alaska selects 1st woman, openly gay acting mayor

  • Anchorage, Alaska selects 1st woman, openly gay acting mayor
  • Anchorage, Alaska selects 1st woman, openly gay acting mayor

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)-- Austin Quinn-Davidson will certainly act as acting mayor of Anchorage starting following Friday after Mayor Ethan Berkowitz's resignation.

    Quinn-Davidson, 40, is an attorney who was initial chosen to the Assembly in 2018. She will certainly be the first lady as well as openly gay individual to serve as mayor or acting mayor of Anchorage, the Anchorage Daily Information reported.

    The city's charter states that the chair of its Setting up will function as acting mayor throughout an openings. The Setting up elected Friday to select Quinn-Davidson as the brand-new chair, changing Felix Rivera.

    Berkowitz resigned after confessing to having an improper connection with a women reporter 3 days after she made online claims versus the wedded official.

    Municipal attorney Kate Vogel claimed at the meeting Friday that the city's charter is uncertain regarding how a long-term mayor should be picked. She stated the Setting up has a few legally defensible selections on exactly how to proceed. One would certainly be to hold a special political election in January, 90 days after Berkowitz's resignation takes effect. The second choice would be to avoid an unique political election and also have Quinn-Davidson act as acting mayor up until the regular election scheduled for April.

    After, a freshly elected mayor can take over earlier than July, when a mayoral term normally begins. Or, Quinn-Davidson can continue as acting mayor until July, when the chosen mayor would take office.

    If Rivera had actually been chosen acting mayor, he would certainly have been the city's very first openly gay mayor. Rivera would certainly also have actually been the first Latino mayor and also at age 31, the youngest. The following youngest would certainly be James Delaney Sr., who was either 32 or 33 when he was chosen in 1929.