Anne Schaefer elected city councilor in unanimous vote

Anne Schaefer completes her oath of office, delivered by Mayor Clay Koplin, after the city council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6. “I’m really excited to serve as a city council member for Cordova and I’m really thankful for all of the support I got from the community,” Schaefer said. Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times
Anne Schaefer completes her oath of office, delivered by Mayor Clay Koplin, after the city council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6. “I’m really excited to serve as a city council member for Cordova and I’m really thankful for all of the support I got from the community,” Schaefer said. Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

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.”

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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.