The US Chamber of Commerce has thrown its weight behind the effort to unseat Alaska Sen. Mark Begich in this fall’s election. Chris Eyler, the director of the Northwest Region of the US Chamber of Commerce, says not every local chamber agrees with the national organization’s picks. During his presentation Wednesday (6-25-14), Eyler was questioned by the Sitka Chamber about its support of Dan Sullivan.
Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson will face off in November for the District 35 House seat. Kreiss-Tomkins would be returning for a second term, while Samuelson is hoping his third try at a house seat is successful.
In 2013, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins went to Juneau as a 23-year-old novice lawmaker. He returned last week, at the end of his freshman term, as the sponsor of a successful Native languages bill that got national attention. Kreiss-Tomkins is up for reelection in November. He stopped by KCAW to discuss his summer plans, the virtues of sometimes doing nothing, and how to cope with Juneau when you’re a freshman in the minority.
Sullivan, the former Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, is hoping to challenge incumbent Democrat Mark Begich, who is up for reelection this fall. He talked about his role in challenging the President’s healthcare law, the perils of over-regulation – and that time he swam against the Navy’s military dolphins.
Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Democrat Mark Begich for the U.S. Senate, in a race that's drawing nationwide attention. Speaking to KCAW during a stop in Sitka, Treadwell talked public lands, personal privacy, and what, exactly he means by his campaign motto, “bringing decision-making home.”