Public Affairs Committee on Education (PACE)


At Representative Council on Tuesday, March 7, AEA voted to endorse the following candidates for the upcoming Anchorage Municipal Election on April 4. AEA-PACE encourages members to support endorsed candidates through donations, door-knocking, phone-banking, and other campaign volunteer opportunities. For dates and times, please visit candidate websites listed below. 

  1. Andy Holleman, Seat D School Board 
  2. Tasha Hotch/James Smallwood--Dual Endorsement for Seat C School Board 
  3. Christopher Constant/David Dunsmore--Dual Endorsement District 1 Assembly (Downtown)
  4. Gretchen Wehmhoff--District 2 Assembly (Chugiak/Eagle River)
  5. Tim Steele--District 3 Assembly (West Anchorage)
  6. Felix Rivera--District 4 Assembly (Midtown)
  7. Pete Petersen--Disrict 5 Assembly (East Anchorage)
  8. Suzanne LaFrance--District 6 Assembly (South Anchorage)

Please see the link below to access responses to the questionnaire that was sent out to candidates prior to the Candidate Forum. You will need to be logged into your GoogleDocs account to view.

Municipal Election Candidate Questionnaire Responses  


At the October meeting, PACE discussed a location and date for the 2017 Candidate Forum and settled on King Career Center as a first choice. The committee took into consideration the comments and concerns brought forward in the surveys from last year and decided to hold the forum in a location that is more accessible to members and speaks to our student-centered focus. Confirmation and details will follow. The 2017 Candidate Forum will be held on March 2. Save the date!

The November PACE meeting has been moved to November 22nd to accommodate members’ busy schedules getting ready for the Thanksgiving break. 

(End November 2016 newsletter.)


At our first AEA-PACE meeting for the 2016-2017 school year, we welcomed new members and discussed the purpose of the committee. As the political action committee, much of what we do is centered on building positive, working relationships with educational stakeholders in our community. One of our biggest projects during the year is to plan and implement a candidate forum for the spring election. The forum is a member-only event in which all AEA members are welcome to come and listen to School Board, Anchorage Assembly, and mayoral candidates answer questions regarding the big issues in education. It’s a wonderful evening of information, connecting with other teachers, and mingling with candidates over appetizers. After review of last year’s survey questions which went out to members post-forum, we are addressing some changes to accommodate more members and stream-line the event. Details to come!

Attendance at School Board and Assembly meetings is another important piece of PACE work. We strive to be a representative presence in the community by bringing a face to the association as well as bringing back information to our members. Check and ‘Like’ the AEA-PACE Facebook page for updates in the coming weeks as our committee reports back.

PACE will normally meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month, however, our next meeting will be October 19th, 4:30 p.m. at the AEA office (4100 Spenard). We’ll be phone-banking members for the November election at this meeting, for more information please email Ivy and Barb at and  


    Chairperson(s): Ivy Bowler & Barb Clark
    Contact: &

    PACE is the Political Action arm of the Anchorage Education Association. Aside from educating members on legislative and municipal educational-relevant information and actions, PACE makes recommendations for endorsement for Anchorage Mayoral, Assembly and School Board elections. Recommendations are made after reviewing candidate surveys, holding a members-only Forum and conducting research on Candidates past voting practice and involvement. Recommendations for endorsement are based solely on Education issues. 

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