The battle over education funding in Alaska this year may have an unexpected casualty. This Tuesday (2-10-15), the House Education Finance Subcommittee began a conversation about ongoing state funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.
New legislation will propose a system of encouraging and supporting Native language charter schools in Alaska.
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins thinks the state’s financial situation will mean a new reality for the state legislature in the upcoming session. The Sitka democrat is starting up his second term in the legislature.
Sitka Democrat Kreiss-Tomkins beat Republican Steven Samuelson of Petersburg, 60-percent to 40-percent, in the race for State House District 35. It was a far cry from his first race, in 2012, which he won by 32 votes.
The two candidates for House District 35 met in Sitka for a sometimes testy exchange before the Chamber of Commerce. Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson took questions Friday on topics from fishing to healthcare. But the debate sometimes revolved more around age and experience.
House District candidates spoke at the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday (10-17-14). Incumbent Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and challenger Steven Samuelson fielded a mix of questions, some provided in advance by the Chamber and others sourced from the audience.
Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Republican Steven Samuelson took questions from constituents during a live call-in forum last night [10-10-14] at KFSK in Petersburg.
KCAW will air a live call-in forum with the candidates for State House District 35. Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Republican Steven Samuelson will take your questions TONIGHT, Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. Submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call in during the show: 888-772-3808.
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.
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.