Time to tune up the motor home and dust off the yellow blazer because independent Alyse Galvin today announced a second run for Alaska’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Galvin challenged U.S. Rep. Don Young in the 2018 general election after winning the nomination of the Alaska Democratic Party through the party’s open primaries. She came within 7 points of Young, marking one of the closest general elections in recent years.
In addition to filing for office today, Galvin released a two-minute campaign announcement video to Facebook that puts the focus on Galvin’s personal story of growing up in Anchorage, caring for her siblings and growing up fast.
“With a childhood like that, my life could have turned out very different. I wouldn’t be here today if this community—teachers, church members and others—hadn’t taken me in and watched out for me,” she said. “With their help, I overcame the challenges I faced as a child. I ended the cycle, and now I work to make life better for all Alaskan children.”
Her announcement also makes references to abuse in Alaska, drug addiction and job security.
“My challenges aren’t unique in Alaska,” she said. “So, we need to get an energetic advocate in Washington so we can do something about it.”
Galvin earned a lot of attention in 2018 as an independent candidate who gained traction through advocacy for schools through the Great Alaska Schools group that was a regular pro-education force in Juneau. During the handful of debates with Young, Galvin frequently got under the skin of the Dean of the House with criticism of his acceptance of money from wealthy political action committees.
Galvin won 131,199 votes in the 2018 elections to Young’s 149,779 votes. Young filed for re-election in January.