Mim McConnell served on the Sitka Assembly for three years before she ran for mayor the first time. Now, she’s hoping to serve a second term in the mayor’s seat. McConnell now says it’s about getting it right, and finishing what she started.
News broke over the weekend that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott may be combining his campaign with that of Independent Bill Walker. In Sitka recently, Mallott argued the key issue in November is whether Alaskans' voices will be heard in state government, and said Walker remains, on social issues, a "conservative Republican."
Ballot Measure 1 may be failing statewide, but in Sitka and the rest of central Southeast Alaska, it was a clear winner on Tuesday. Seventy-five percent of Sitka voters backed the measure, with 1315 “yes” votes to just 448 “no” votes.
Senator Lisa Murkowski visited Sitka last week and spoke to a packed house at the Chamber of Commerce about gridlock in Congress, reproductive rights, and her work with the women of the Senate. And while she wouldn't say who she’s supporting in the Republican Senate primary, it's pretty clear who she won’t be voting for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.