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The 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 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.
A 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.
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.
The 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.
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.