UFA Update: July 1, 2014
(Alaska State Elections Information & Preview)

VOTE WHILE YOU FISH!

Important 2014 Alaska Election Dates:
Voter and polling place lookup: https://webapp.state.ak.us/electionsLookup/JSP/VoterLookupMain.jsp
*** Polls are open Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ***
July 20 – Last day to register to vote for the August 19th primary election.
Aug 4 – Early and absentee in-person voting begins at many locations throughout Alaska.
Aug 4 – Civilian voters may begin to apply for absentee ballots by electronic transmission.
Aug 9 – Last day to submit your absentee ballot application by mail for the Primary Election.
Aug 18 – Last day to submit your absentee ballot application electronically for the Primary Election.
August 19PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
Aug 19 – Deadline for absentee by-mail ballots to be postmarked.
Aug 19 – 8:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, deadline for electronic transmission absentee ballots to be received.
Oct 5 – Last day to register to vote for the November 4th General Election.
Oct 20 – Early voting and in-person absentee, special needs and by-electronic transmission voting begins.
Oct 25 – Last day to submit your absentee ballot application by mail for the General Election.
Nov 3 – Last day to submit your absentee ballot application electronically for the General Election.
November 4GENERAL ELECTION DAY

To vote for candidates in a primary, you must either be registered in that party, or Undeclared, or Non Partisan.  For Election, Early & Absentee Voting Info, scroll further down this message.

Thanks to former Representative, Senator, & Special Assistant for Fisheries Alan Austerman of Kodiak. UFA member groups and the seafood industry wished to thank Representative Austerman for all that you have done for Alaska’s fisheries in your different roles spanning two decades. We are all better off due to your efforts!

UFA also wishes to thank Representative Peggy Wilson (Wrangell) and Representative Lindsey Holmes (Anchorage) for their years of service to Alaska. Both of these legislators worked hard and always left their door open to discuss fisheries issues.

From the Executive Director:

United Fishermen of Alaska’s Motto – I Vote Fish!
Representing Alaska’s largest private sector employer, commercial fishermen, crew and processing workforce voters make up a decisive constituency in state elections. Although our independent and competitive personalities guarantee we won’t agree on every issue, the votes of the seafood industry amount to a major force in Alaska politics.

While UFA works hard to represent the seafood industry collectively, we can all multiply our political power by becoming informed about the issues and the candidates and by voting.  

For those of you who don’t have the time or inclination to be active in fish politics, voting represents the simplest way to be heard by decision-makers. Find the full list of candidates at the Division of Elections page at: www.elections.alaska.gov/ci_pg_cl_2014_prim.php#district.

2014 is an important election year for Alaska. Along with the majority of the Alaska State Legislature being up for re-election, elections for our Governor, one of our two U.S. senators, and our sole congressman will occur. As always, UFA encourages our members to reach out to candidates and elected officials in order to discuss your concerns and to help educate policy makers about the importance of the seafood industry to your family, your community, and to Alaska. You can find UFA’s helpful community commercial fish facts on our website at www.ufa-fish.org/cff.htm ..

As always, UFA’s door is open to discuss any issues that are on your mind. Please contact us if you would like more information on the candidates running for office, or if you would like to know how to become more involved.

Julianne Curry
Executive Director
United Fishermen of Alaska
Office: 907.586.2820
Cell: 907.957.4747
http://www.ufa-fish.org
jcurry@ufa-fish.org
Facebook: facebook.com/UnitedFishermenAK
Twitter: twitter.com/UFA_Fish 

ufa mission: To promote and protect the common interest of Alaska’s commercial fishing industry, as a vital component of Alaska’s social and economic well-being.

Help support Alaska’s #1 private sector employer and protect your fishing business by joining UFA today! Visit ‘Become a Member’ on our website to see the various membership levels and benefits.  UFA members receive free subscriptions to National Fisherman and Pacific Fishing.

ELECTION INFO:

State Primary Election August 19- http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ei_general.php
Candidates for political party nominations for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and State House and Senate seats will compete in the primary election for placement on the November general election ballot. To vote in party primary you must registered Undeclared, Non-Partisan or the party of the primary for which you’d like to vote.
http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ei_primary.php

In addition, the one statewide voter initiative will be on the August primary ballot:
Ballot Measure #1 – (13SB21) An Act Relating to the Oil and Gas Production Tax, Interest Rates on Overdue Taxes, and Tax Credit: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/bml/BM1-13SB21-ballot-language.pdf

Division of Elections home page: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/


Deadline July 20 for voter registration to vote in August 19 Primary
If you’ve moved since the last election, you’ll need to re-register 30 days before the primary or general election. Deadline for voter registration for voting in the August 19 Primary is July 20, 2014.
To check on your Alaska voting registration, see https://webapp.state.ak.us/electionsLookup/JSP/VoterLookupMain.jsp
For registering or updating your registration – see  http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_vr_how.php
Regional Elections offices contact list: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/csm_contact_reo.php


Vote while you fish – Make Plans Now to Vote in the August 19 Primary!
The state Primary Elections are Tuesday, August 19th.  If you will be fishing, make plans now to vote absentee or vote early

There are four ways to vote absentee: 1) in-person, 2) by mail, 3) by fax or electronic submission, and 4) through a personal representative if you are disabled.  

1. Absentee In-Person & Early Voting:
You may vote absentee in person for 15 days before an election, and on election day (begins August 4). Absentee Early and In-Person Voting Locations will be posted online before the elections, at: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_ea_ev_ip_sites.php
Ballots for all of Alaska’s 40 voting districts are available at regional election offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Nome and in the state’s six largest airports on election day.

2. Absentee Voting By-Mail: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_bb_by_mail.php
To cast an absentee vote by mail or electronic transmission, an application for absentee ballot must be filed in advance. Applications can be requested and turned in any time up to seven days before an election.
You may apply now for an absentee ballot by mail for the 2014 elections (opened January 1) – deadline is August 9 for ballot request.

3. Absentee voting by Fax and Electronic Transmission: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_bb_by_fax.php
You may apply for an electronic transmission ballot beginning 15 days before each Election Day.  The deadline to receive absentee electronic transmission ballot applications before the primary is August 18.

4. Special Needs Absentee Voting through a personal representative (if you are disabled). Contact your local Alaska Division of Elections for more info – Regional Elections offices contact list: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/csm_contact_reo.php


General Election November 4th http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ei_general.php
This year’s Alaska General Election will feature races for U.S. Senator, U.S. House, Alaska Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Senate and House. In addition, the General Election will include three ballot initiatives:
Ballot Measure #2 (13PSUM) – An Act to Tax and Regulate the Production, Sale and Use of Marijuana.
Ballot Measure #3 (13MINW) – An Act to Increase Alaska’s Minimum Wage.
Ballot Measure #4 (12BBAY) – An Act Providing for Protection of Bristol Bay Wild Salmon and Waters Within or Flowing Into the Existing 1972 Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve.
Links to more ballot initiative information for the General Election is online at: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ei_general_bm.php

Information on voting and registration is similar to the above Primary information. Important deadlines are included below.


Election Calendar – Important Election Dates

Voter and polling place lookup: https://webapp.state.ak.us/electionsLookup/JSP/VoterLookupMain.jsp
*** Polls are open Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ***
July 20 – Last day to register to vote for the August 19th primary election.
Aug 4 – Early and absentee in-person voting begins at many locations throughout Alaska.
Aug 4 – Civilian voters may begin to apply for absentee ballots by electronic transmission.
Aug 9 – Last day to submit your absentee ballot application by mail for the Primary Election.
Aug 18 – Last day to submit your absentee ballot application electronically for the Primary Election.
August 19PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
Aug 19 – Deadline for absentee by-mail ballots to be postmarked.
Aug 19 – 8:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, deadline for electronic transmission absentee ballots to be received.
Oct 5 – Last day to register to vote for the November 4th General Election.
Oct 20 – Early voting and in-person absentee, special needs and by-electronic transmission voting begins.
Oct 25 – Last day to submit your absentee ballot application by mail for the General Election.
Nov 3 – Last day to submit your absentee ballot application electronically for the General Election.
November 4GENERAL ELECTION DAY

Division of Elections Calendar: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/H11.pdf


UFA Update Contents

Elections in the News
Governor’s race
1. Empire Editorial: Another election, another frivolous complaint
2. Gubernatorial Challengers Criticize Parnell For Missing Debates
3. Seward resident Brad Snowden runs for governor

U.S. Senate Race:

4.  A good start to debate season: First Senate event sees meaningful contrasts among contenders
5. Tea Party Express might not endorse in Alaska race
6. Outside Money Floods Alaska in Senate Race
7. Senate candidates weigh in on outside money
8. Begich dismisses GOP Senate candidate Sullivan’s proposal to curb ad spending
9. Pro-Begich super-PAC goes after GOP Senate candidate Sullivan again on HB 77
10. New attack ad against Senate candidate Sullivan ‘a stretch’
11. Young blasts Begich for taking undeserved credit

U.S. House Race:
12. Don Young’s fondness for hunting at game ranches detailed in House Ethics documents
13. Congressional Candidate – Dunbar wins Democrats endorsement for Congress

Legislative Races:
14. After filing deadline, 12 incumbents to run unopposed
15. No primary challengers for Sitka house seat
16. No free ride for Southeast legislative candidates
17. HAT IN THE RACE – McCune files to run for state House
18. Four running for House District 36
19. Alaska Democrats contesting all but one state Senate seat
20. August primary ballot set
21. McGuire withdraws from lieutenant governor race just before filing deadline
22. Aug. 19 primary important; get ready for it now
23. Few running for Y-K state seats
24. As Festival Season Kicks Off, So Does Campaign Season
25. Feds say state election officials wrong on Native language rules

Lieutenant Governor’s race:
20. August primary ballot set
21. McGuire withdraws from lieutenant governor race just before filing deadline

Other Election related news:
22. Aug. 19 primary important; get ready for it now
23. Few running for Y-K state seats
24. As Festival Season Kicks Off, So Does Campaign Season
25. Feds say state election officials wrong on Native language rules



Governor’s race
Seven candidates have filed to run for Governor: 
Four Republicans, three Democrats and one Libertarian will be on Primary ballots, while two others will appear on the November general election. 
Primary: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ci_pg_cl_2014_prim.php#gov
General: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ci_pg_cl_2014_genr.php#gov

1. Empire Editorial: Another election, another frivolous complaint
Juneau Empire, June 29
Apparently, defending your good name is an ethics violation — if you’re governor, that is.
There’s not much of a story here, really, other than the state will now waste time, resources and money on a frivolous complaint that came about because the running mate to one of Parnell’s challengers thought he saw an opportunity to slam the governor but failed in knowing the facts first…
http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-06-29/empire-editorial-another-election-another-frivolous-complaint#.U7G5wEBBrFw


2. Gubernatorial Challengers Criticize Parnell For Missing Debates
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau | June 10, 2014
Since April, gubernatorial challengers Byron Mallott and Bill Walker have gone after incumbent Sean Parnell for skipping debates. They hit that point again on Monday, at a candidate forum hosted by the National Congress of American Indians…
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2014/06/10/gubernatorial-challengers-criticize-parnell-for-missing-debates/


3. Seward resident Brad Snowden runs for governor
Longtime Seward resident Brad Snowden, former owner of Hotel Seward, has announced plans to challenge Gov. Sean Parnell in the Republican Party primary Aug. 19. Snowden said he will run for governor during citizen’s comments at the Seward City Council meeting May 27. Snowden humbly asked for local help and support, without which he said he had no hope of winning
http://www.thesewardphoenixlog.com/story/2014/06/05/local/seward-resident-runs-for-governor/2714.html

U.S. Senate Race:
Four Republicans, two Democrats, three Libertarians, and two Alaska Independence Party candidates will appear on August 19 Primary election party ballots. To vote in a party primary you must be registered with that party, or undeclared or Non-Partisan. Two non-affiliated candidates will appear on the November 4 general election ballot.


4.  A good start to debate season: First Senate event sees meaningful contrasts among contenders

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Editorial

Thursday’s debate between Republican hopefuls for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mark Begich was a meaningful kickoff to the body of the primary campaign that will be decided Aug. 19. As Alaskans are well aware, the race already has been underway for some time, but with the primary election now less than two months away, it’s clear that candidates Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller are beginning to press harder. That pressure is being applied both to what the candidates see as the failings of Sen. Begich and to one another — after all, only one will survive to continue their campaign in the general election.

To that end, attendees at the debate Thursday evening at East Anchorage High School saw the candidates draw some of the sharpest contrasts yet made between themselves and their opponents. Some of those contrasts will be useful for voters who have yet to make up their minds, while others appeared to be pre-tested gotcha lines and red meat meant more to appeal to the party base than to set realistic goals…

http://www.newsminer.com/opinion/editorials/a-good-start-to-debate-season-first-senate-event-sees/article_8fe12a64-ff61-11e3-b3b9-001a4bcf6878.html



Rivals take aim at Sullivan in first Alaska primary debate

Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) and 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller (R) ganged up on former Alaska Department of Natural Resources head Dan Sullivan (R) in their first Senate primary debate…
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/210808-rivals-take-aim-at-sullivan-in-first-alaska-primary-debate


5. Tea Party Express might not endorse in Alaska race

JUNEAU, Alaska – A national tea party group that heavily backed Republican Joe Miller’s campaign four years ago has not decided whether to endorse anyone in this year’s Republican U.S. Senate primary.
Sal Russo, co-founder and chief strategist for the Tea Party Express, told The Associated Press on Monday that the philosophical contrast between the candidates is “not as dramatic” as it was in 2010.
“They’re all pretty much running on a conservative platform,” he said…
http://www.newsminer.com/news/politics/tea-party-express-might-not-endorse-in-alaska-race/article_6443c322-00af-11e4-a293-001a4bcf6878.html


6. Outside Money Floods Alaska in Senate Race

NY Times: ANCHORAGE — A big part of being an Alaskan is harboring a suspicion of all things Lower 48. It’s an inclination that runs so deep that locals have a proper noun to describe everywhere else — Outside.
So, naturally, there is quite a bit of alarm here over the state’s newest political distinction. Alaska has unwillingly become a giant receptacle for money from “super PACs” and other out-of-state groups fighting over control of the United States Senate.

In no other state have so many ads about a Senate race run so far; in no place else has more money been spent to book commercial time through Election Day. More than $20 million worth of ads have been reserved so far — the bulk of the money coming from Washington-based outfits like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, which wants to elect a Republican, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which is defending Senator Mark Begich, one of the most targeted first-term Democrats.

Five months before the November election, that sum would be extraordinary in any state. It is all the more staggering considering it will be spent to reach only about 490,000 registered voters…
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/08/us/politics/outside-money-floods-alaska-in-senate-race.html?_r=0
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New ad buys in Senate race
Anchorage Daily News
JUNEAU, Alaska — Two third-party spending groups this week announced dropping more than $900,000 for ads in the Alaska U.S. Senate race.
http://www.adn.com/2014/06/27/3537312/new-ad-buys-in-senate-race.html
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Crossroads books $20M in TV ads for 6 Senate races
Fairbanks News Miner
http://www.newsminer.com/opinion/editorials/a-good-start-to-debate-season-first-senate-event-sees/article_8fe12a64-ff61-11e3-b3b9-001a4bcf6878.html


7. Senate candidates weigh in on outside money
By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | June 1, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — This year’s U.S. Senate race in Alaska is the first major race here in the super PAC era. Independent expenditure groups, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money, and other outside groups are running ads or reserving air time ahead of the Aug. 19 primary.

In the lead-up to this year’s elections, The Associated Press will publish an occasional list featuring the positions of the highest-profile Alaska U.S. Senate candidates on different issues. The subject this time is the outside money being spent on the race…
http://www.chron.com/news/article/Senate-candidates-weigh-in-on-outside-money-5520725.php


8. Begich dismisses GOP Senate candidate Sullivan’s proposal to curb ad spending
Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and one of the Republicans vying to replace him traded barbs Tuesday over a proposal to mute the influence of Outside super PACs in the remaining months of the campaign…
Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2014/06/10/3510471/gop-senate-candidate-sullivan.html?sp=/99/188/#storylink=cpy


9. Pro-Begich super-PAC goes after GOP Senate candidate Sullivan again on HB 77
This is the second ad Put Alaska First has made featuring HB 77. The first featured a moose hunter. This one feautres the well known former Democratic lawmaker Sam Cotten…
http://amandacoyne.com/politics/pro-begich-super-pac-goes-after-gop-senate-candidate-sullivan-again-on-hb-77/


10. New attack ad against Senate candidate Sullivan ‘a stretch’
Posted on May 19, 2014

As expected, GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s role in the controversial bill HB 77 is the subject of a new attack ad by Put Alaska First, the pro-Begich super-PAC. Sullivan, as DNR commissioner, was one of the authors of the bill. Had it passed last legislative session, it would have revised Alaska’s water and permitting process to benefit mining and other commercial interests and would have given the DNR commissioner substantially more authority to issue permits on public lands. And while it’s true that Alaska’s permitting system is notoriously arduous, it’s also true that some in Alaska like it that way. The bill was killed amid public outcry. That said, there is nothing in the bill that related directly to hunting, said Deputy Director of DNR Wyn Menefree. He called the tie between the bill and moose hunting, “a stretch.”
http://amandacoyne.com/politics/new-attack-ad-against-senate-candidate-sullivan-a-stretch/


11. Young blasts Begich for taking undeserved credit
Posted on June 10, 2014… http://amandacoyne.com/2014/06/

U.S. House Race:
Four Republicans, two Democrats, and one Libertarian will be on party ballots in the primary, with no additional non-party candidates in the general election…
Primary candidates: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ci_pg_cl_2014_prim.php#usr


12. Don Young’s fondness for hunting at game ranches detailed in House Ethics documents
Anchorage Daily News, June 25

With trophy heads and pelts lining the walls, Rep. Don Young’s Washington office may leave visitors thinking they are in the presence of a master hunter…

While Young may be familiar with the bog-slogging and bug-swatting Alaska experience in home-state hunts for moose and caribou, that’s not the description of Young’s hunting trips contained in the House Ethics report that rebuked him last week…
http://www.adn.com/2014/06/25/3534430/don-youngs-fondness-for-gift-hunts.html


13. Congressional Candidate – Dunbar wins Democrats endorsement for Congress
by – Margaret Bauman, Cordova Times

Candidate takes aim with a bolt action 12-gauge shotgun at Ryan budget bill that Young voted for…
Alaska Democrats holding their 2014 state convention in Nome have unanimously endorsed Forrest Dunbar, who grew up in Cordova and Eagle, Alaska, for Congress.
Dunbar, 29, will face incumbent Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, in the general election in November. Young was re-elected in 2012 to his 21st term as Alaska’s only member of the U.S House of Representatives.

Dunbar, who is currently a judge advocate in the Alaska Army National Guard, received the endorsement during the mid-May convention.
The Alaska born candidate has worked as a commercial fisherman and wildland firefighter, and interned for former Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska…
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1421congressional-candidate-dunbar-wins-democrats


Legislative Races:

14. After filing deadline, 12 incumbents to run unopposed
By Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce…Published: 2014.06.05 12:42 PM
Alaskans love to complain about their politicians, but when push comes to shove, at election time, there aren’t a lot of people willing to step up to replace them.

Four state senators and eight state House members, the bulk of them Democrats, have no opponents in either the primary or general elections, although there may be two unaffiliated candidates approved for the general election in one House race and one Senate race…
In the governor’s race, it still mainly seems a contest between incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Byron Mallott, an Alaska Native leader. Former Valdez Mayor Bill Walker is also in the race as an independent and will appear on the November ballot.
Among the filing for legislative races, what’s interesting is how many incumbents are unopposed or virtually unopposed, and that most of them are Democrats.

In the state House, eight incumbents for 40 seats up for grabs have no opponents in primary or general elections. They include seven Democrats and one Republican.

In the 20-member Senate, three Democratic state senators and one Republican senator have no opponents in either election, although a “nonaffiliated” (or independent) candidate will oppose the Republican senator in November general election…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/June-Issue-2-2014/After-filing-deadline-12-incumbents-to-run-unopposed/

Unopposed Legislative Candidates courtesy of UFA:
Dan Saddler (R-House 13)
Andy Josephson (D-House 17)
Chris Tuck (D-House 23)
Paul Seaton (R-House 31)
Bryce Edgmon (D-House 37)
Bob Herron (D-House 38)
Neal Foster (D-House 39)
Berta Gardner (D-Senate I)
Lyman Hoffman (D-Senate S)
Donny Olson (D-Senate T)
In addition, Lynn Gattis (R-House 7), Harriet Drummond (D-House 18), and Peter Micciche (R-Senate O) may face non party opposition in the general election, subject to verification of nominating petition signatures.

Division of Elections candidates lists for Primary and general election: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ci_pg_cl.php


Other News from key fishing districts races:

15. No primary challengers for Sitka house seat
by Joe Viechnicki, KFSK
A Sitka Democrat and a Petersburg Republican will face off in November for a seat in the Alaska House representing central Southeast. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of Sitka would be returning for a second term, while Steven Samuelson of Petersburg is hoping his third try at a house seat is successful…
http://www.kcaw.org/2014/06/09/no-primary-challengers-for-central-southeast-house-seat/

House 35 is the top Comfish House District with over 2300 CFEC permit holders registered to vote, according to our records…


16. No free ride for Southeast legislative candidates
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News…

This year’s candidate tally is higher than that of at least the past two elections. And in those races, several incumbents faced no challengers.
Sitka Senator Bert Stedman, who’s not on the ballot this year, says there’s a good reason no one’s running unopposed.

“I would think it’s (because it’s) the first election after redistricting has been totally settled. Then we’ve got the referendum on Senate Bill 21. I think that will lead to some good dialog and discussion,” he says…
http://www.ktoo.org/2014/06/03/free-ride-southeast-legislative-candidates/


17. HAT IN THE RACE – McCune files to run for state House
President of United Fishermen of Alaska and Cordova District Fishermen United has filed as a Democrat in the race for Alaska House…
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1422hat-in-the-race-mccune-files-to-run-for-state

House 32, Previously held by Alan Austerman is the state’s 2nd top fishing district according to our records.


18. Four running for House District 36
by Maria Dudzak, KRBD

…Three candidates will vie for the Republican nomination on the August primary ballot; all are from Ketchikan – Borough Assembly Member Agnes Moran, Ketchikan Visitor’s Bureau CEO Patti Mackey and Chere Klein, former aid to Representative Peggy Wilson of Wrangell. Wilson decided not to run for reelection.

The winner of that race will face longtime educator Dan Ortiz who is running as an Independent. Ortiz is retiring from the Ketchikan School District at the end of this school year…
http://www.krbd.org/2014/06/03/four-from-ketchikan-running-for-house-district-36/


19. Alaska Democrats contesting all but one state Senate seat
Two more Democratic candidates for Alaska Senate were posted late to the official primary election list of the Alaska Division of Elections.

The two, Mikse Willoya-Marx, in Senate District E (Wasilla), and Robert Henrichs, Senate District P (Coastal), show that Democrats are contesting 13 of 14 Senate seats up for election in 2014. Republicans are contesting 11 seats.

Willoya-Marx will face incumbent Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, in November. Henrichs, from Cordova, is challenging incumbent Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak.
http://www.adn.com/2014/06/03/3499885/alaska-democrats-contesting-all.html

(Senate District E currently held by Senator Mike Dunleavy is 7th among Alaska’s 20 Senate Districts in number of CFEC permit holder registered voters)


Lieutenant Governor’s race:
Two Republicans, two democrats and one Libertarian will compete on party ballots in the primary: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ci_pg_cl_2014_prim.php#ltgov

20. August primary ballot set
Now that the deadline to file for state office passed Monday, 11 Kenai Peninsula residents will be on the August primary ballot.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Kelly Wolf is running for Lieutenant Governor, a position made vacant when Mead Treadwell announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Wolf, a Republican, currently represents the Kalifornsky Beach District on the borough assembly, and his term expires in 2015.

Wolf said he has invested the last 18 years working with Youth Restoration corps, a non-profit organization that gets kids involved in community projects throughout Alaska.
“As Lt. Governor, I wish to use this experience to continue helping our youth, elderly, disabled and our veterans because as Alaskans we are big hearted and helpful of one another,” he said.
Wolf is one of two Republicans running for Lt. Governor. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is the other candidate. A third, Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, withdrew her candidacy…
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-06-03/august-primary-ballot-set


21. McGuire withdraws from lieutenant governor race just before filing deadline
Alaska Sen. Lesil McGuire said Monday she’s withdrawing from the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, citing concerns about how the race would interfere with her family life.

Shortly before the 5 p.m. filing deadline for the August primary election, McGuire, R-Anchorage, left the Republican field to the other leading contender, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan.

One other prominent Republican who has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for lieutenant governor, Senate President Charlie Huggins, said Monday he wasn’t interested in the job and wouldn’t file…
Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2014/06/02/3498565/mcguire-withdraws-from-lieutenant.html#storylink=cpy

Alaska Dispatch: McGuire withdraws from race, contenders emerge for state seats: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20140602/mcguire-withdraws-race-contenders-emerge-state-seats


Other Election related news:

22. Aug. 19 primary important; get ready for it now
Homer News, June 18, 2014 – 4:06pm

Not only does summer in Alaska go by at lightning speed, but with most Alaskans trying to cram a year’s worth of work and outdoor fun into 15 weeks, give or take a week or two, it’s understandable if things get dropped or forgotten.

Here’s one thing all Alaskans need to put on their list as too important to miss: the Aug. 19 primary election…
http://homernews.com/homer-opinion/editorial/2014-06-18/aug-19-primary-important-get-ready-for-it-now


23. Few running for Y-K state seats
Tundra Drums, June 19, 2014

Few choices for the Alaska Legislature face voters in the August primary or the November general election. However, the primary will include plenty of party nomination choices for federal and state offices, and a vote on Ballot Measure 21 to decide whether to keepor reject Alaska current oil tax structure.
http://www.thetundradrums.com/story/2014/06/19/politics/few-running-for-y-k-state-seats/1443.html


24. As Festival Season Kicks Off, So Does Campaign Season
Alexandra Gutierrez/APRN

Now that the filing deadline has passed, campaign season in Alaska has started in earnest. That means a lot of TV ads, a lot of yard signs, and a lot of glad-handing. For the next few months, politicians are going to be swarming fairs and festivals in an effort to win voters. The Colony Days parade held in Palmer this weekend was the first stop on the circuit…
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2014/06/09/as-festival-season-kicks-off-so-does-campaign-season/


25. Feds say state election officials wrong on Native language rules
By Richard Mauer, Anchorage Daily News

A federal judge on Wednesday overruled state election officials and said the constitutional right to vote requires Alaska to translate all election materials into Native languages for voters with limited English skills.

Siding with village plaintiffs in a voting rights lawsuit against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and three other Alaska election officials, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason ruled that as a matter of law, the state is obligated to match all English materials — including pamphlets, instructions, registration materials and ballots — with Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Gwich’in translations…
http://www.adn.com/2014/06/04/3502213/feds-say-state-election-officials.html


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