Austin Quinn-Davidson sworn in as Anchorage’s acting mayor

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Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 5:52 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Austin Quinn-Davidson has been sworn in as acting mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage Friday evening at City Hall.

Austin Quinn-Davidson sworn in as Anchorage's acting mayor

Anchorage Assembly Chair Austin Quinn-Davidson is being sworn in as the municipality’s acting mayor.

Posted by Alaska's News Source on Friday, October 23, 2020

“Thank you for being here for what marks the beginning of a role that I accept with great humility,” Quinn-Davidson said in a speech after she took the mayoral oath. “... My promise to you is to listen, to work hard, and to lead with compassion and reason.”

Quinn-Davidson was joined by her wife, Stephanie Quinn-Davidson, for the event. The oath was administered by Chief Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith.

After Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced his resignation 10 days ago, the Anchorage Assembly reorganized and Quinn-Davidson was voted to become the chair of the assembly and the city’s acting mayor until the next regular or special election.

Berkowitz’s resignation went into effect Friday at 6 p.m. He announced his resignation after admitting to having an inappropriate, but consensual relationship with local news anchor Maureen “Maria” Athens years ago.

Quinn-Davidson is Anchorage’s first female and first openly gay acting mayor. She has been a member of the assembly since 2018.

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