The Alaska Department of Law announced today that a grand jury has indicted former Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux on five counts of voter misconduct relating to activities during the 2018 general and primary elections.
LeDoux represented East Anchorage’s House District 15 and lost her primary election in 2020. The state brought charges against LeDoux in 2020 with allegations of misconduct in the 2018 and 2014 campaigns. A judge dismissed two of the complaints against LeDoux earlier this year that were related to the 2014 campaign.
The grand jury also indicted Lisa Simpson and her adult son, Caden Vaught. Simpson had worked on LeDoux’s campaigns. Simpson faces five counts of voter misconduct in the first degree and Vaught was indicted on four counts. All three appeared in court earlier this week to enter not guilty pleas, according to the announcement, and if convicted could face a maximum of five years in prison.
Today’s announcement doesn’t specify the conduct that led to the grand jury’s indictment, but according to court filings from 2020 the trio was accused of attempting to fraudulently register themselves and others to vote in the district despite not living there. The irregularities were apparently flagged by the Alaska Division of Elections.
LeDoux and her attorney have maintained her innocence ever since the charges were brought against her, a position she maintained when reached by KTUU about today’s indictments.
“I am absolutely innocent,” she said. “I have done nothing wrong and I look forward to, you know, getting the proceedings concluded so that I can clear my name.”