â€œI made the decision over the long holiday weekend not to continue my candidacy for re-election to the State Senateâ€ Senator Johnny Ellis told me in an interview this morning. And with that it would appear one of the longest legislative careers in Alaska history is officially coming to an end.
It what may be the closest Alaska will ever come to a clash of philosophical titans Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami has filed to run against conservative stalwart Sen. Cathy Giessel for the State Senate seat she currently holds.
It is simply not fair to voters, the media, and most importantly registered Republicans, like me, to have any confusion about what is coming from the party and what is not. That clarity isnâ€™t unreasonable to expect and shouldnâ€™t be that hard for party leaders to provide.
An Alaska Democratic Party (ADP) spokesman acknowledged Monday that Independent U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Stock, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, will not be allowed to run on the partyâ€™s ticket this fall.
With all of these efforts to keep the pressure on, why is the Legislature acting like there is no pressure on them at all?
The deadline for candidates to file for office isnâ€™t until June 1, but here are some of the State House races that are already drawing our attention
This article covers select races in districts 1-20. A future article will address 21-40.
The deadline for candidates to file for office isnâ€™t until June 1, but here are some of the State races that are already drawing our attention.
It looks like the race to replace Senator Johnny Ellis has gone from â€œnonexistentâ€ to â€œfully heatedâ€ in less than 12 hours…and without Ellis even saying he will need to be replaced.
The only state offices the Downtown Anchorage dwelling Flynn is eligible to run for this year are Rep. Les Gara’s State House seat or Sen. Johnny Ellis’s spot in the State Senate.
It isnâ€™t surprising then that two of the largest and most raucous rounds of applause at the convention went to current Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and former Fairbanks Mayor and current State Senate candidate Luke Hopkins as each took to the convention stage to speak to the party faithful.