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Anchorage voters 'speed date' assembly candidates

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Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 4:37 PM AKDT
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Speed dating can be a great way to meet new people, and potentially, an even better way to meet candidates hoping to earn your vote on April 4.

On Tuesday afternoon, United Way of Anchorage Emerging Leaders held a 'Speed Date the Candidate' lunch at the BP Energy Center.

Eleven candidates representing all six districts took part the event.

Voters spent about two minutes with each candidate, asking about issues important to them.

"It's a really great opportunity to be able to have these conversations," said Shawn Rivera, Alaska Community Foundation. "A lot of other opportunities to meet the candidates are in a panel format, so this really helps you build the personal connection and ask the questions that are important to you, not just general talking points we're used to hearing."

"I went to one of these the last municipal election that we had and I find that they're very valuable," said Penny Gage, United Way of Anchorage Emerging Leaders. "Even if they're not someone from my district, I value hearing their perspective and knowing their name."

Throughout the hour long event, questions covered a number of topics, including public safety, infrastructure, the homeless, education and city spending.

The Anchorage Municipal election is Tuesday April, 4. Early voting started Monday at City Hall and the Loussac Library.