Anchorage Assembly Invites Candidate for Newly Created Downtown District to Lead Pledge at Special Meeting

ByShannon J. Cortes

Mar 25, 2022

The left-leaning Anchorage Assembly has made its choice for the seat of the 12th Assembly.

Daniel Volland was rarely seen at an Anchorage Assembly meeting. But on Wednesday night he appeared in the audience and was asked to lead the room in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Volland, an optometrist, only stayed in the meeting for three minutes after the promise, then rushed off.

The meeting was called in part to set an election date for the new 12th Assembly seat, which will be another Liberal seat for downtown Anchorage.

Volland has been running for that seat since December. Volland was also recently elected as vice president of the South Addition Community Council, where a few dodgy attendees were voting.

The date of the special election will be June 7, the Assembly decided on Wednesday. Only members from this downtown district will vote, and it’s more than clear who the Assembly intends to take to the dais: Volland. Assembly Deputy Speaker Chris Constant, who serves the other downtown seat, has already donated to Volland’s campaign, according to state campaign records.