I was born in Bridgeport Connecticut in 1958. I did not stay there long. After a nomadic life including several years in Istanbul, Lugano and Fairbanks, I chose to settle in Anchorage in 1987. I am now raising two non nomadic children of my own, Kate and Ry, ages 22 and 19.
I worked as an economic consultant in Alaska from 1983 through 1993. I conducted in-depth economic analysis of many Alaska-specific issues including placer mining, the economic impact of Exxon’s Prince William Sound oil spill cleanup spending, and the fiscal impact of a potential U.S. Navy home port.
I moved to Anchorage in 1987 and became a partner in BOSCO’S, a small comic book store in Spenard. Over the past 34 years, BOSCO'S has grown from a tiny start-up with only a couple part time employees to a thriving business with 28 employees and a brand new 5,700 foot retail space. I’m proud to say that several employees have been with the business for over 20 years and BOSCO'S has become an Anchorage institution.
I also own and manage a 5,500 square foot warehouse and a 5,700 square foot retail building on Spenard Road. The warehouse has been used by Renewable Energy Alaska Project as a case study in how simple investments in energy-efficient technology can show a quick return on investment in the form of lower energy costs. The warehouse won REAP'S contest for lowest electricity use in 2012.
Over the years, I have developed a strong, consistent record for increasing civic engagement in local issues and making sure that the people of Anchorage have a voice and a role in the development of our community.
In my spare time, I try to remain a competitive age group mountain runner and cross-country skier. I also own and wrench on three motorcycles; the newest is a 1980 Harley FXEH.
The decades as a business owner, a father and active citizen prepared me for a new role as a representative for South Anchorage on the Assembly.
The first term has gone well. I look forward to another three year term on the Assembly.
The first and second campaign went great.
Not just having won the election but getting to know more about the area and the issues people care about, making new friends, and, especially, getting to know Ronni Adams better.
On August 19, 2017 she became Ronni Weddleton, and I can’t stop smiling about it.
Anchorage Assembly representing South Anchorage, Girdwood and Turnagain Arm 2016 - present
Anchorage Police Department’s Citizens Academy Fall 2015
Mayor Berkowitz’ Jobs and Economy transition team. July 2015
Abbott Loop Community Council board and Land Use Committee 2014 - 2015
Spenard Chamber of Commerce
2011- present (co-founder)
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s municipal issues committee 2010 - Present
Hillside's Home And Landowners Organization 2005-2015, Chair 2012-15.
Credit Union 1 Board of Directors
2010 - 2016
Planning and Zoning Commission
2008 - 2010
Assistant Scout Master Troop 210
Pack Master Cub Scout Pack 123
2007 - 2008
Anchorage Citizens Coalition 2006 - 2008
Mid Hillside Community Council Chair
2001 - 2005
Sand Lake Community Council 1997 - 1999
Friends of Bicentennial Park 1996 - present
M.S., Economics from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1986
B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University 1980.
Weddleton Consulting, economic consultant 1983 - 1993
Owner, BOSCO’S Comics Cards & Games 1987 - present
Owner Mad Al Distributors 1989 - 2007
Commercial Property owner and manager 1990 - present
Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage
ABATE of Alaska – Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education
American Motorcycle Association
Boys Scouts Troop 210 Assistant Scout Master and Merit Badge Counselor
* None of the work I have done has been without others' involvement, I had a business partner for 20 years who has had a huge impact on my business style. I have enjoyed working with many great employees whose work has been incalculable in building my businesses. None of my community efforts were done without the significant help and encouragement of many other citizens.