There are rumors floating around town about a potential entrant to the Anchorage Mayor’s race of 2021. The rumors concern Ric Davidge entering the race as the choice of the Anchorage Republicans. First and foremost if Ric does decide to enter the race, he would be a strong contender due to his background in government service and business development. Ric’s government service goes back to the Reagan Administration where he worked in the Dept. of the Interior as the Undersecretary for Fish & Wildlife here he managed the Fish & Wildlife Service. He dealt with all of the issues regarding that agency that came across his desk during his time in that position in particular Ric dealt with a lot of Endangered Species Act issues. After his service in the Reagan Administration Ric then went to work for Gov. Wally Hickel as a special advisor on government operations. He had worked on Hickel’s campaign for governor and had been a public policy advisor during the campaign and would later serve on Hickel’s transition team. After his service in the Hickel Administration he would go on to work in the Mat-Su Borough as the director of economic development for the borough. In that position he worked hard to bring foreing investment into the borough to develop new industries and create jobs. After his he left that position he went into the private sector developing different businesses and being active with the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Currently Ric is involved with the homebuilder industry in Anchorage and has been involved in land use challenges in regards to Title 21. In terms of his civic engagement Ric is currently the vice chairman of the Midtown Community Council and has been heavily involved in understanding and trying to tackle the homelessness crisis in the city.He will be able to dive right into the job if he is elected mayor and he has the connections and experience to put together a great team to help him run the city. The only real issue for the Anchorage Republican organization is can they get him to declare his candidacy and then work to get him elected. Word on the street is that he is thinking about entering the race and is getting feedback from different sources about whether he should run. If he decides to go all in Anchorage Republicans will have a strong candidate and a shot at getting the mayor’s office back. If he decides not to do it then they need to call the next person on the list. But I can say that whatever list they have is short and some on the list would not be strong candidates. Either way they have a year to get someone to commit to run and if they don’t have someone by the end of the year the Democrats are keeping the mayor’s office in their column.