A week shaken by the mayor’s scandal and his resignation, Austin Quinn-Davidson is set to make local history in Anchorage, Alaska, as the new acting mayor, starting next week.
Quinn-Davidson, 40, Will Be the First Woman and Openly Gay Person to Work as Mayor or Acting Mayor for Anchorage, Anchorage Daily News mentioned. The Anchorage Society voted Friday to appoint Quinn Davidson’s attorney to the position.
During a private meeting on Friday, Felix Rivera – who as president of the association was himself prepared to be the first openly gay mayor, as well as the youngest and first Latin mayor – He said he recommended Quinn-Davidson for the position.
Rivera praised Quinn Davidson as “a compassionate and loyal public servant”. The association’s reorganization means Queen-Davidson is temporarily taking Rivera’s job, which he will resume when she becomes acting mayor next week.
“Don’t worry. It will happen sooner or later. If you are a gambler, you bet sooner,” Rivera said, addressing community members who may have been disappointed that the city will not have its first person of color in the mayor.
Anchorage Resident Tara Wheatland congratulated Quinn-Davidson during the public comment at the meeting: “While the circumstances may not be what we had hoped for, I am very proud to see you take office as the first woman to serve as mayor of Anchorage.”
The scramble to appoint the acting mayor came days after Democrat Ethan Berkowitz submitted his resignation to Anchorage. This was followed by the resignation of the mayor Berkowitz Confessing on Monday that he was involved in posting inappropriate sexual content – dubbed “the correspondent” – in a relationship with a TV anchorA station in Anchorage.
Contribution: The Associated Press