At 27, Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is still the youngest lawmaker in Alaska. But this isn’t his first rodeo. The lifelong Sitkan is running for his third term in office to represent House District 35, which includes Sitka, Petersburg, Hoonah, Haines, and 17 other rural communities.
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.