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2019 MSB Assembly campaigns are underway

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly is comprised of members elected from seven districts for staggered three-year terms for no more than two consecutive full terms.

The MSB also has a mayor who runs the Assembly meetings and only votes when there is a tie.

The 2019 election is scheduled for November 5, 2019.  The candidate filing period opens at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019, and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019.

This fall, there are open seats in District 1 (Butte & Soapstone/Buffalo Mine area) and District 2 (greater Palmer).

Five candidates have declared their intention to run with APOC (the Alaska Public Offices Commission) for District 2:  Elizabeth Utter; Faunus Doney; Nick Kenshalo; LaMarr Anderson; and Stephanie Nowers;

Two Candidates have declared with APOC for District 1: Brian Endle and Tim Hale.

Here is a bit about each candidate (in alphabetical order by first name) with their Facebook pages, websites, and LinkedIn profiles, etc:

District Two Candidates:

Elizabeth Utter (fka Maxson) – owner of Lizzy Bee’s Tax & Accounting.

elizabeth utter linked in

liz for assembly

Faunus Doney – a realtor

Mr. Doney originally planned to run for Palmer City Council:

doney palmer city council

doney palmer city council 2

Nick Kenshalo – small business owner

LaMarr Anderson – retired Air Force Office & board member of various entities:

Lamarr anderson linkedin

Stephanie Nowers – a former Anchorage Daily News reporter/editor and current energy consultant & President of Gateway Community Council

stephanie nowers linked in

District 1 candidates:

Brian Endle – Software Developer & President of Buffalo Mine/Soapstone Community Council.

brian endle linked in

Tim Hale – works on North Slope & is a board member of the Butte Community Council.

tim hale web


Brian Endle ran for Assembly the last time the seat was open (2016) but lost to incumbent Jim Sykes:

Brian Endle is clearly a conservative:

brian endle money

Faunus Doney gave $ to Democratic candidate Mark Begich:

doney a

Mr. Doney supports Alyse Galvin:

doney alyse

Stephanie Nowers has supported the more liberal Assembly candidates:

nowers contributions

Stephanie was involved in the Palmer Toxic Dumping group:

LaMarr Anderson was a supporter of Ben Carson for President in 2016:

lamarr ben carson

Nick Kenshalo is trying to get Slim Jim to endorse him:

nick kenshalo slim jim