Tuesday’s primary election was pretty low-key in Southeast Alaska. The real battle for state House and Senate candidates will come during the general election. But a few trends emerged.
Southeast Alaska's four House and two Senate districts have no primary contests this year. Two have no contests at all.
As the filing period for the municipal election draws to a close, three more Sitkans have stepped forward. Today (08-04-16), Gary Paxton and Ben Miyasato filed to run for Mayor, while Kevin Knox filed to run for Assembly.
Two more Sitkans filed for the municipal election in October. Deputy Mayor Matthew Hunter has filed for mayor. Assemblymen Aaron Swanson has filed to run again.
Last night (08-02-16), the Assembly unanimously passed - on first reading - an ordinance that would ask voters if the city should raise the cap on property taxes to 8 mills.
At their regular meeting Tuesday night (07-12-16), the Sitka Assembly passed - on second and final reading - a comprehensive revision of Sitka’s credit and debt collection policy.
A fifth of Alaska legislators running this year face no opposition. One is Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman, who faces no contest – for the second time.
British Columbia mines are slated to be built close to transboundary rivers. That worries some candidates for the Legislature.
Tuesday, August 19th, is primary day in Alaska. Sitka voters will be choosing candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. House and Senate, and State Representative, and deciding the fate of the state's oil tax structure.
Four out of Southeast Alaska’s five largest cities will choose mayors on Tuesday. Two have incumbents on the ballot, while the other two will choose among newcomers – or politicians rejoining the race.