It’s Just Another Sad Recall Effort

It has long been the plan of an affiliated network of groups to recall every Anchorage Assembly member deemed progressive. One group, Alaskans for Open Meetings, which lists former Lieutenant Governor Craig Campbell as a board member, has often shared graphics depicting their desire to recall and replace democratically elected progressive officials.

The effort to recall the kind and hard-working District 4 Assemblywoman Meg Zaletel is being championed once again by the leader of the failed ‘Recall Rivera’ effort, which tanked miserably at the ballot box in April.

Must Read Alaska has named Russell Biggs as the individual moving ahead with the recall effort, which is currently working to gather the 2,468 signatures the effort needs by August 16, 2021.

Just as it was with the failed Recall Rivera effort, Zaletel recall proponents are using the same tired play from their playbook, alleging that she disobeyed former Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s emergency orders regarding gatherings in the summer of 2020.

Worth noting is that two-time Anchorage Assembly candidate Christine Hill ran against Rivera and Zaletel in 2020 and 2019.

Zalatel is popular in District 4 and was handily elected in 2019 with 52.4% of the vote. Residents cast 5,173 ballots for Zalatel in the 2019 election, with her two opponents collectively receiving 4,699 votes — a number that includes a handful of write-in votes.

Progressives on social media have already begun organizing an effort to defeat the recall effort, which voters will likely see as another divisive waste of time and money.