Tag Archives: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins

As session opens: Kreiss-Tomkins backs official Native language bill

jkt-at-work-021413The second session of the 28th Alaska Legislature opens today (Tue 1-21-14), and Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins has something he lacked last year: Experience. While he’s still the youngest legislator on the hill in Juneau, and still a member of the minority, the Sitka Democrat has already pre-filed one bill on Native languages, and remains deeply skeptical of the governor’s efforts to boost oil production by reducing taxes on industry profits.

Governor passes on Blue Lake ‘ask’

Blue_Lake_powerhouse_250The governor’s budget has a healthy chunk of money for Sitka -- but it’s not the money local officials were hoping for the most. City Hall had its fingers crossed for $18.5 million dollars to finish off the Blue Lake Hydro project.

Governor’s ’15 budget: Sitka wins infrastructure projects

Governor Parnell’s capital budget will send several million dollars to Sitka, but the lion’s share of district funding will be for transportation projects in Haines and Prince of Wales Island.

The Nation: Kreiss-Tomkins a ‘lesson for the left’

NATION042213A local legislative race in Alaska has caught the attention of national media, and is being held up as model for political change elsewhere in the country. The April 22nd issue of The Nation magazine calls the election of 23-year-old Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins to the to the House District 34 seat a “lesson” for the left.

Kreiss-Tomkins: Using connections instead of clout

Redistricting has cost Southeast one legislator this session, and voters in District 34 have made things even more interesting by sending a freshman to the House. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will be 23-years old when he’s sworn in next Tuesday. Here's a session preview from the state's youngest legislator.

Kreiss-Tomkins: Not Alaska’s youngest lawmaker

GardSackJKT_smThe certification of the House District 34 race this week has put Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins in the legislature, and ended the service of Bill Thomas, who was one of two Alaska Native representatives in Southeast. But the election is also a turning point for another demographic: youth. Kreiss-Tomkins is only 23-years old, and almost the youngest person ever elected to state government.

Final HD 34 ballots in: JKT 4,123; Thomas 4,091

HD34 feaJonathan Kreiss-Tomkins appears to have won a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives. His opponent, state Rep. Bill Thomas, wouldn't say whether he'll request a recount.

Finance reports show Thomas far ahead of Kreiss-Tomkins

Candidates for state House District 34 Bill Thomas (l) and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins at a recent Sitka Chamber of Commerce forum. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)More money is going into the House District 34 campaign than any other race in Southeast. That's the new Sitka-plus-Southeast Islands district, a close race between incumbent Bill Thomas and challenger Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.

Candidates tested on social issues at high school forum

H34SCHOOLFORUM_smSchool prayer and gay marriage are not expected to be priorities in the next legislative session, but those were just a few of the questions Sitka High School students had on their minds Thursday (10-11-12) for candidates hoping to serve the newly-formed House District 34.

Chamber forum: House 34 candidate Q&A

Here are all the questions and answers from Wednesday's House 34 candidate forum between Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Haines) and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka). The forum was hosted by the Sitka Chamber of Commerce; Dan Jones served as moderator.