Election Coverage

KCAW Election Coverage

Begich talks climate change, veterans in Sitka

Alaska Senator Mark Begich, with his wife Deborah Bonito, visited Sitka on June 26, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Senator Mark Begich is criss-crossing the state during Congress’s 4th of July recess. He arrived in Sitka last week having just escaped the swampy weather in Washington D.C. But a big part of his job right now is getting Alaskans to send him back into the heated politics of the capital.

US Chamber won’t pull Sitkans into senate election fight

In addition to becoming involved in key senate elections, Eyler said the US Chamber is actively lobbying on fiscal, energy, and immigration policy. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)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.

No primary challengers for Sitka house seat

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.

Candidate Sullivan proposes “Great Teacher Fund”

Dan Sullivan Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is running for Lieutenant Governor. He came through Sitka last week -- and he’d like to get one thing straight, right off the bat. "Of course, I am the original Dan Sullivan," he says.

Walker: Replacing party politics with ownership

Independent candidate for governor Bill Walker doesn't aspire to a lengthy political career.Bill Walker’s last visit to Sitka was in October. The Fairbanks independent has refined his message following the legislative session. The state’s $2-billion operating deficit has his attention, as do other issues. He stopped by KCAW last week to cover some of his talking points.

Dead tax bill to animate governor’s race?

Bert Stedman says that, with tax credits, it's "mathematically impossible" to reach the 35-percent top tax rate for oil produced on the North Slope. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Although his bill died in committee, SB 192’s author, Sen. Bert Stedman, still believes there’s a common-sense adjustment to Alaska’s oil tax structure. The Sitka Republican has become a student of the oil industry, and his ideas are influencing the race for governor.

Kreiss-Tomkins: Legislator-in-motion

20140430_JKT_waldholz2In 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.

Senate candidate Sullivan talks health care — and dolphins

OUTTRO: DaRepublican Dan Sullivan, with his wife Julie Fate Sullivan. Sullivan hopes to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz) n Sullivan is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. The primary will be held on August 19. The General Election will be November 4.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.

In Sitka, Lt. Gov Treadwell talks Senate run

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell stopped in Sitka on Friday, January 24. Treadwell is running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)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.”

Walker says he’ll be an independent governor

Bill Walker, independent candidate for governor, poses in Raven Radio's record library.Candidate for governor Bill Walker is a long-time Republican. This campaign, he’s an independent candidate.