After a week rocked by scandal and the resignation of a mayor, Austin Quinn-Davidson is poised to make local history in Anchorage, Alaska, as the city’s new acting mayor, from next week.
Quinn-Davidson, 40, will be the first woman and an openly gay person to become mayor or acting mayor of Anchorage, Anchorage Daily News reported. The Anchorage Assembly voted on Friday to appoint Quinn-Davidson, a lawyer, to the post.
In a special meeting on Friday, Felix Rivera – who as Assembly Speaker himself was on the verge of being the city’s first openly gay mayor, as well as its youngest and first Latino mayor – a said he had recommended Quinn-Davidson for the job.
Rivera praised Quinn-Davidson as a “compassionate and dedicated public servant.” The reorganization of the Assembly means Quinn-Davidson is temporarily taking over from Rivera, which he will take over when she becomes acting mayor next week.
Addressing members of the community who may have been disappointed that the city did not have its first person of color as mayor, Rivera said: “Don’t worry. It will happen sooner or later, bet sooner. . “
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Tara Wheatland, an Anchorage resident, praised Quinn-Davidson during the public comment at the meeting: “While the circumstances may not be what we could have wished, I am also very proud to see you. take office as the first woman to become mayor of Anchorage. . “
The scramble to nominate an acting mayor came days after Democrat Ethan Berkowitz tendered his resignation to the Anchorage assembly. The mayor’s resignation followed Berkowitz admit Monday he was involved in inappropriate sexting – he called it “messaging” – relationship with a TV presenterstation in Anchorage.
Contribute: The Associated Press