Alaska politics

The five candidates running to represent House District 6 all say if elected they’d prioritize the interests of Alaska’s rural population. But they differ on how they’d do that, while balancing the state’s budget and preserving the Permanent Fund dividend.

Alaska Division of Elections

The state Division of Elections is preparing to again send out voter-information pamphlets to more than 4,800 households around Palmer. It’ll be the second time the Elections Division sends the pamphlets, because the agency sent the wrong version of the pamphlets the first time around.

The race to fill an open seat for House District 6 is shaping up to be the liveliest Legislative primary-election contest in the Interior. But voters in most other districts around the Interior won’t have a competitive race until the Nov. 3 general election.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

State Democratic party leaders say they've received about 18,000 mailed-in primary-election ballots before today’s deadline. That’s nearly twice as many as were cast in the 2016 caucuses. Democrats say that’s a great response, especially because they canceled in-person balloting less than three weeks ago over concerns it would expose voters to the coronavirus.

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Gov. Bill Walker and the two candidates who are running to unseat him pitched their ideas Tuesday on how to promote the state’s tourism industry. Walker and former Republican state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, along with former Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, talked about tourism and other issues during an Alaska Tourism Industry Association candidate forum at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

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Republican voters in House District 9 will consider three familiar candidates when they go to the polls in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent George Rauscher will again face Jim Colver, a fellow Mat-Su resident who he beat in the 2016 primary, and Pam Goode, a Delta Junction-area resident who he faced in the general election, when she ran on the Constitution Party ticket.

District 9 stretches from Delta Junction south to Valdez and west to Palmer.

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Longtime Fairbanks Democratic lawmaker David Guttenberg has decided against running for re-election to a ninth term in the Alaska House of Representatives. Guttenberg says he’s leaving his decades of service to his district and the state party so he can enjoy life in his home in the Goldstream Valley.

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Wasilla Republican state Senator Mike Dunleavy took the first formal step Monday toward launching a campaign for governor by filing a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Voter turnout was down in Tuesday’s election, both here in the Interior and statewide.

The outcome of votes cast in the Interior on Tuesday for top statewide offices and ballot measures apparently were the same as the statewide outcome.