Anne Schaefer was elected city council member on Dec. 6, filling the position of council seat E, previously held by Josh Hallquist.
Nominated by councilor David Allison, the vote passed unanimously. Audible excitement could be heard from members of the public as they whispered congratulations with smiles.
Schaefer, a wildlife biologist, moved to Cordova just over three years ago and found passion in becoming involved in her community through volunteering.
She also engages in state and national politics, though is dedicated to contributing locally.
“A lot of change can happen at more of the local level,” Schaefer said.
Her term with run until March, 2018, at which point elections will take place to fulfill the three-year term.
Schaefer is excited to serve as a member of the city council and thankful for those in the community who supported her.
Numerous members of the public voiced their support for Schaefer during the meeting.
They touched on her strong work ethic, dedication and ability to bring diversity to the council.
“Cordova is a diverse city. We’ve got tons of strong, intelligent women. We have people here from all sorts of races and backgrounds,” Schaefer said. “I just felt like it was important to have some of those different perspectives represented in the council and make it a little more reflective of our city.”