Dan Sullivan (mayor)

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For the other Alaskan politician named Daniel Sullivan, see Daniel S. Sullivan.
Dan Sullivan
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Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 1, 2009
Preceded by Matt Claman
Member of the Anchorage Assembly
In office
April 1999 – April 2008
Preceded by Joe Murdy
Succeeded by Harriet Drummond
Personal details
Born (1951-06-16) June 16, 1951 (age 63)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lynnette
Relations George M. Sullivan (father)
Drew Meekins (nephew of sister-in-law)
Children Jennifer
Residence Anchorage, Alaska
Alma mater University of Oregon
Profession Consultant, business owner

Daniel A. "Dan" Sullivan (born June 16, 1951)[1] is the incumbent Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, the state's largest city. He is a member of the Republican Party and the son of Anchorage's longest-serving mayor, George M. Sullivan. Prior to being elected mayor, he served the maximum of three consecutive terms on the Anchorage Assembly, from 1999 to 2008.

Biography[edit]

Daniel A. Sullivan was born the third of seven sons, and nine children overall, of George Murray and Margaret Mary (née Eagan) Sullivan. His parents were natives of the Alaskan communities of Valdez and Fairbanks, respectively. The Sullivan family came to Anchorage from Fairbanks in 1958 and 1959, when George Sullivan was hired as a regional executive for Consolidated Freightways. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in political science. In the mid-1990s, he served as executive director of the Arctic Winter Games, which were held in 1996 in the northern Anchorage communities of Chugiak and Eagle River.

In 1999, Sullivan was elected to the first of three consecutive terms on the Anchorage Assembly. During his time on the assembly he sponsored an ordinance requiring lobbyists to disclose their affiliations when petitioning city government, which was largely in response to the lobbying efforts conducted within the municipal government by Tom Anderson, who concurrently served in the Alaska House of Representatives. In 2005, he voted against an Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility rate increase, and in 2006 he challenged a city ordinance limiting the size and style of signs.

Sullivan, along with business partners, opened a bar and restaurant in downtown Anchorage in 2006 called McGinley's Pub. Located on G Street on the ground floor of an office building catering mostly to corporate and legal tenants, McGinley's sits due south across the alley from Anchorage's City Hall building, which houses the mayor's office.

Mayor of Anchorage[edit]

In 2007, Sullivan announced his candidacy for Mayor of Anchorage. He received the endorsement of then U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. Sullivan campaigned on a platform of reducing city spending and crime, and confronting what he termed "an energy crisis" as the result of dwindling natural gas reserves in Cook Inlet.

Sullivan gained the plurality of votes in the April 7, 2009 general election, in which a record 15 candidates appeared on the ballot, but failed to reach 45 percent, triggering a May 5 runoff against Eric Croft, who had come in second with 19.61% of the vote.[2]

Sales taxes became the major issue in the runoff campaign between Sullivan and Croft, with Croft charging that Sullivan wanted to replace property taxes with a sales tax. Sullivan won the May 5 runoff election with 57.3% of the vote to Croft's 42.7%.

Sullivan was sworn in as Mayor on July 1, 2009, succeeding acting mayor Matt Claman. He announced that his administration will introduce a celebration called "All Americans Week."

Since taking office, he has gained nationwide attention for vetoing Assembly legislation which would have included municipal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Additionally, Mayor Sullivan passed an ordinance banning sitting on public sidewalks at certain times and vetoed an attempt by the assembly to repeal it.

Sullivan was re-elected to a second three-year term in April 2012, easily defeating Assemblyman and former Anchorage Police Department spokesman Paul Honeman. In his second term, he successfully backed a measure to limit the ability of public-sector unions to collectively bargain and strike. This measure was successfully challenged in the courts on legal grounds, and is currently (06/14) pending a voter referendum in November, with its future in doubt. Sullivan also announced that Anchorage would submit a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, and proposed the re-development of an industrial sector in the Downtown Anchorage area.

In 2013 he filed papers to run for the office of Lieutenant-Governor to replace Mead Treadwell, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat of former Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

Sullivan is a third-generation Alaskan mayor. His paternal grandmother, Viola (née Murray) Sullivan, was mayor of Valdez in the 1930s.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ "Defendant - Summary (3KN-01T1175162 State of Alaska vs. Sullivan, Daniel A)". CourtView. Alaska Court System. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Halpin, James (April 18, 2009). "Election staff to count last city ballots today". Anchorage Daily News. p. A3. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matt Claman
Mayor of Anchorage
2009–
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joe Murdy
Member of the Anchorage Assembly
1999-2008
Succeeded by
Harriet Drummond