Denny Wells is a freelance photographer and at-home parent who has seen the power of citizen involvement in local government.
Denny Wells is a freelance photographer and at home parent who has seen the power of citizen involvement in local government. In January 2022, as the Municipality of Anchorage was considering reapportioning assembly seats, Denny reviewed the options then on the table and decided to submit a public comment critiquing them all for dividing communities in irrational ways - but he decided if he was going to be critical, he should offer an alternative, so he drafted his own map trying to keep communities intact as much as possible.
Much to his surprise, his maps were taken seriously, and in the end, one of his maps was adopted. Seeing the positive impact a single private citizen can have on the public process lit a spark for Denny, and now he's running to bring that same analytical eye and community mindedness to the State House.
Denny is a lifelong Alaskan. He grew up in Fairbanks, met his wife Lisa at UAF, and they moved to Anchorage for further educational and job opportunities more than 20 years ago. He and Lisa served together in the Peace Corps for 2 years in Thailand - his longest time away from Alaska - and returned to Alaska where Denny worked for a decade with a subcontractor to BP. When their second child came along, the cost of childcare prompted Denny and Lisa to re-evaluate their professional pursuits, and Denny walked away from his day job to be home with the kids and pursue a living with his camera in hand. Denny has been a freelance photographer for nearly 10 years, specializing in real estate in Anchorage and surrounding communities.
When he's not behind the camera or at his computer, Denny can be found onstage locally with the Anchorage Opera and in the Three Barons Renaissance Fair. In the summer he will often be found out in his canoe along the Swan Lake Canoe Trail, or picking blueberries in the mountains.
Denny remembers the time, 10 years ago, when Hollis French, as a candidate for State Senate, knocked on his door. Having a candidate for office take the time to chat and listen was eye opening and engaging. If you live in District 15, Denny plans to knock on your door to hear where you are coming from and hope to earn your vote.