Frasca Appointed to Drummond’s Seat on Anchorage Assembly

Cheryl Frasca. Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.
Cheryl Frasca. Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage.

The Anchorage Assembly appointed and a new member Tuesday.

“Miss Frasca has 6 votes …. (clapping).”

The new member of the Anchorage Assembly is Cheryl Frasca. She was voted in 6 to 4, appointed to the West Anchorage seat and sworn in at Tuesday evening’s regular assembly meeting.

“Feeling good. Looking forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Anchorage in a different way. Lots of important issues as we see on today’s agenda and I hope my skills and experience translate to good decisions for the community,” Frasca said.

Frasca previously served as Director of Office and Budget Management for Mayor Dan Sullivan. She also helped organize the Mayor’s education summit and was recently chosen to head up a new education non-profit called Education Matters. The other candidates for the seat left vacant by Harriet Drummond were, David Nees, Gorden Glaser, Jerry Walton, Matt Claman and Jason Agre. One candidate, Tim Steele withdrew at the last minute.

Seat D was left vacant by Drummond who was elected to the Alaska State Legislature as a Democrat. Frasca will serve in the interim seat for just about three months. The seat is up for reelection during the April 2 municipal election. Frasca told the Anchorage Daily News that plans to run for the seat. Whoever wins will serve out the remaining year of Drummond’s term.

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Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KBBI in Homer. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.