Celebrating Community, Moving Anchorage Forward

Dear Friends,

I hope this note finds you and your family thriving in health, wealth and all of the things that make a life worth living!  It’s hard to believe a new year is upon us – 2016 has flown by much too quickly. This past year has seen politics at its worse on the national stage and our state and local governments challenged by new economic and social realities demanding solutions that will guide us for generations.

Anchorage set an abhorrent record this year in terms of murders. Frankly, our streets just don’t feel safe right now.  And with the State’s current fiscal position, combating this violent wave will be more challenging with less money available for critical public safety resources.

Our municipal economy has yet to realize the consequences of a declining oil industry with job losses impacting an entire industry of support businesses. The economic challenges we face are serious.

I have spent the last year on the campaign trail, and I can tell you, our neighbors are clearly concerned about public safety, our infrastructure and the health of our economy.  I have heard these themes repeated over and over.  Whether at one of the hundreds of doors I knocked on over the summer, or at one of the fundraising events hosted by your neighbors, the message is clear.  We have to do something to combat crime, house the homeless, clean up homeless camps, fix the roads that are carving our neighborhoods apart and figure out how best to drive our own economy, despite what’s happening in Juneau.

In the past year, I have worked with members of the Assembly and Mayor Berkowitz’s administration to find solutions to the problems plaguing our downtown neighborhoods as well as across the Municipality.  I have participated in the Assembly’s committee tasked with tackling homelessness.  I have spent hours working with the Mayor’s Homeless Coordinator to identify solutions that will help transition people out of homelessness permanently.

I have helped to move a resolution through AMATS prioritizing an environmental and linkages study to more clearly define the impacts and possible solutions to moving traffic through our neighborhoods without sacrificing the quality of life for our families and our homes.  And I have served with the AEDC Live Work Play committee implementing a plan to make Anchorage the #1 place to live, work, and play in the country.

The lesson I have learned most clearly from the last year on the campaign trail is that I am not alone in this work.  I am surrounded by really committed people working passionately to persevere, despite the forces we struggle against; that we will continue to be a robust and welcoming city – a place people choose to call home.  This is the reason I have decided to run and the driving force behind my candidacy and efforts to raise funds and dedicate my time and energy to this cause.

In fact, to date, my campaign has raised $42,500 from 340 donations.  I am proud to have secured the early endorsements of IAFF Local 1264 and IBEW 1547.  We are over halfway to our fundraising goal and a new fundraising year begins this week.

If you haven’t made a contribution this year or want to get closer to your maximum of $500 annually, there is still time to write a check or go to the website to make a contribution now.  Every dime we raise moves us closer to a successful election on April 4, 2017.

If you have already contributed to this campaign, thank you. Your support means more than just dollars.  It’s the fuel that is helping me and my team get our message out to voters so that they will come out and mark their ballots for a brighter future in Anchorage.

Here’s to you and our community! May you have a safe and prosperous 2017!

Christopher Constant

#1: Three Community Pillars

_MG_1862 - Version 2(C) 2010 Lisa J- Seifert36A strong, vibrant and successful Anchorage requires smart, steady leadership focused in three critical areas: public safety, infrastructure and economic development. These are the building blocks of a strong community and essential to protecting and growing an Anchorage we can be proud for generations to come.

Public Safety
I will continue to focus on the homelessness and street inebriation that is taxing our emergency and public safety services. We need to address the underlying causes to find lasting solutions instead of simply treating the symptoms.

When it comes to out-of-control gun violence and the epidemic of drugs in our community, we must employ a multi-pronged strategy of funding needed behavioral health care and re-entry services for offenders while also providing law enforcement with the resources they need to combat these issues. But that’s just part of the solution. As a compassionate society, we have an obligation to do what we can to address these problems in a comprehensive way, making sure our at-risk youth have positive options and role models to lead them down a different, successful path.

I will focus on securing a route for the highway connection that will resolve unanswered transportation and infrastructure questions that are causing blight and threatening to add thousands of trips per day through our residential neighborhoods.

We must keep pace with a growing community to ensure our parks, roads and public spaces are well-maintained.

Economic Development
I will focus on redevelopment of the Gambell Street corridor to provide important economic development opportunities by promoting mixed use higher density housing developments, providing relief from threats to our lower ­density historic neighborhoods.

One of the single most important qualities of a leader is to listen. During my campaign and as your assembly member, I plan to do just that. I look forward to having a discussion and making a difference for all of us.

Share your thoughts, my ears are open!

– Chris Constant