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Anchorage Voters Could Remove Gender-Specific Titles

Published On: Mar 31 2014 12:10:00 PM AKDT

Proposition 8 would change words like "assemblyman" to "assembly member" and shorten titles like "chairman" to simply "chair."


Should city leaders be labeled by their gender?

If you ask Elvi Gray-Jackson, who represents Midtown in the Anchorage Assembly, the answer is obviously no.

“We're in the 21st century,” said Gray-Jackson, the only unopposed Assembly candidate on the April 1 citywide ballot. “There are lots of women who are in political positions.”

That is why she supports Proposition 8, a ballot measure sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Flynn that has received little public opposition.

The proposition scrubs muni code of phrases like assemblyman, chairman and references to he and she. They would be replaced by assembly member, chair and candidate.

"It's just housekeeping," Gray-Jackson said.