George Wuerch

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George Wuerch
George Wuerch 2003.jpeg
Mayor of Anchorage
In office
July 1, 2000 – July 1, 2003
Preceded byRick Mystrom
Succeeded byMark Begich
Chair of the Anchorage Assembly
Personal details
Born1936 (age 84–85)
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceAnchorage, Alaska

George Poe Wuerch (born ca. 1936) is an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He served as mayor of Anchorage, Alaska from 2000 to 2003.[1]

In the 2003 mayoral election, he was defeated for reelection by former city assemblyman Mark Begich.[2] Before this, Wuerch was chair of the Anchorage Assembly and chair of the board of directors for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

A retired United States Marine Corps officer with 21 years of service, Wuerch has also been governmental affairs manager for the Northwest Alaskan Gasline, the founder and president of Fluor Daniel Alaska Engineering, and the vice president of corporate affairs for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.


Wuerch attended Oregon State University and graduated in 1957 with his wife Brenda Wuerch. While in OSU Wuerch was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Political career[edit]

As mayor of Anchorage, George Wuerch removed a gay pride exhibit from the Loussac Library creating controversy and a lawsuit against the city.[3]


George and Brenda Wuerch have two daughters, Karrie Wuerch who lives in Corvallis, Oregon and Debra Wuerch who resides in Anchorage, Alaska.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 25 Most Powerful Alaskans: George Wuerch". Alaska Journal of Commerce. April 22, 2001. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Democrat Mark Begich to face Republican George Wuerch in runoff 04/06/00". Peninsula Clarion. April 6, 2000. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
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Preceded by
Rick Mystrom
Mayor of Anchorage
Succeeded by
Mark Begich