Thursday, October 17, 2013

Anchorage 2014 Municipal Election: Bill Evans Steps Forward To Run For The South Anchorage Assembly Seat

The first known candidate for the Anchorage 2014 Municipal Election has stepped forward. Northern Right reveals an October 21st meet-and-greet for Bill Evans, billed as a conservative candidate for the District 6 seat of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly. This is the South Anchorage seat currently occupied by Chris Birch, who's term-limiting out after nine years on the Assembly.

Evans, identified as an attorney, previously worked for Dorsey & Whitney, and now works for the Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans & Filippi law firm. This firm focuses upon areas of general practice including business and corporate, labor and employment, education, real estate, health care and estate planning, and say that litigation, whether in trial, on appeal, or before administrative agencies, constitutes a major component of their practice. This firm has also hosted meetings of the ATA, which has been spearheading an effort to get an indoor tennis facility constructed at the Dempsey Ice Arena complex. Although not BBB-accredited, this firm has a letter grade of "A".

Evans is also an ex-officio member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The AEDC website has a short bio on Evans dating back to 2010-11, when he was the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Board Chair:

His legal practice focuses largely on labor and employment law. He has an extensive litigation practice representing employers in a wide variety of employment-based matters including wrongful discharge, discrimination/harassment, wage and hour and breach of contract claims. Bill also has extensive experience in all aspects of traditional labor law representing management in organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice charges and labor arbitrations. Representative clients include: Horizon Lines, LLC, the Alaska Maritime Employer’s Association, Target, Inc., Holiday Companies, NovaGold Resources, Inc., Cathay Pacific, Inc. and United Freight and Transport, Inc. In addition to his labor and employment practice Bill also has significant experience in general commercial litigation, construction law and school law.

In March 2007, Evans gave testimony before a joint meeting of the Alaska Senate Labor and HSS Committees about health insurance in the workplace, noting that the rising costs were employers' number one concern. Evans explained that employers offer health insurance because they believe it's hard to attract good employees without it, but added that some employers had to close their doors instead because of the high cost of insurance. He said the Chamber has tried many times to come up with a solution, but it has been unsuccessful so far. He urged lawmakers to look at structural changes that would allow small employers to offer a group rate. He said the Chamber was looking at the possibility of expansion of health savings accounts to include small businesses and creation of unique small business health plans. Of course, all of this predates Obamacare, and Evans will be asked during his campaign how the advent of Obamacare influences his previous perspective.

Evans could have competition as Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is rumored to be pushing Pete Nolan, a former police officer, to run. Nolan already has a campaign website up and running. Another prospective candidate for the seat is former Anchorage School Board Member Jeanne Mackie, who won two tightly-contested school board elections in 2009 and 2012. But it might be useful to remember that it was during Mackie's tenure that the school board approved the unfortunate appointment of Florida carpetbagger Jim Browder as ASD superintendent, which turned out to be little more than a one-year hit-and-run attack on our treasury.

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