Occupation: Attorney and Judge Advocate in the Army National Guard
Previous government experience or community involvement: I ran for Congress against Representative Don Young in 2014, was the Democratic Nominee, and won over 40% of the vote. In 2016 I ran successfully to represent East Anchorage on the Anchorage Assembly, winning by 22% in a district later won by Trump. I then won my reelection contest in 2019. I helped found the Muldoon Farmers Market, which partners with refugee farmers, and advocated to upgrade and protect our green spaces as a board member of the Anchorage Parks Foundation.
Highest level of education: MPP, Harvard Kennedy School and JD, Yale Law School
What is the latest book you’ve read? Or, what book do you recommend and why?: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. I went on a bit of a classic science fiction kick during the pandemic, though I don’t read for pleasure as much as I used to or I would like to. The Assembly provides one with a large amount of reading every week! In terms of books to read, I would highly recommend Bruce Ackerman’s We the People Volumes I and II. The nation is clearly going through a “constitutional moment” right now — or perhaps is at the end of one with Donald Trump not being re-elected — and Ackerman’s book helps put eras like this one into their proper legal, historical, and political context.