Alaska elections

In this Nov. 4, 2018 file photo, Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy stands with his wife, Rose, on stage during a GOP rally in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy takes office Monday, Dec. 3, days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked heavily-populated south-central Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

New Alaska governor takes office amid ongoing quake recovery

JUNEAU — Alaska Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy takes office Monday, days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked heavily-populated south-central Alaska. Dunleavy initially planned to make a… Continue reading

 

Alaska House District 1 candidate Democrat Kathryn Dodge, right, watches the election recount at the Department of Elections’ Juneau office on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. A single mystery ballot found on a precinct table on Election Day but not counted then could decide a tied Alaska state House race and thwart Republican efforts to control the chamber and all of state government. The ballot arrived in Juneau last Friday in a secrecy sleeve in a bin with other ballot materials. Officials were investigating its origins and handling before deciding whether to tally it. (Michael Penn/The Juneau Empire via AP)

Republican takes House race by 1 vote after recount

JUNEAU — Republican Bart LeBon has won an Alaska state House race by one vote after a ballot recount, officials said. Before Friday’s recount, LeBon… Continue reading

 

Election night live reporting

Update 11:45 p.m. Republican Mike Dunleavy will be Alaska’s next governor. Dunleavy leads Democratic candidate Mark Begich by approximately 10 percentage points with 88 percent… Continue reading

 

U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Republican, is shown prior to a debate Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Young is being challenged by Alyse Galvin, an independent who won the Alaska Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Running for Congress: Get to know Congressman Don Young

Ahead of Tuesday’s election, the Clarion is publishing interviews with candidates vying to represent Alaskan communities. In our final set of interviews, we talked to… Continue reading

U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Republican, is shown prior to a debate Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Young is being challenged by Alyse Galvin, an independent who won the Alaska Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Alyse Galvin, an independent, is shown prior to a debate Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Galvin is challenging U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Republican who has been in office since 1973. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
                                Alyse Galvin, an independent, is shown prior to a debate Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Galvin is challenging U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Republican who has been in office since 1973. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Running for Congress: Get to know Alyse Galvin

Ahead of Tuesday’s election, the Clarion is publishing interviews with candidates vying to represent Alaskan communities. In our final set of interviews, we talked to… Continue reading

Alyse Galvin, an independent, is shown prior to a debate Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Galvin is challenging U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Republican who has been in office since 1973. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
                                Alyse Galvin, an independent, is shown prior to a debate Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Galvin is challenging U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Republican who has been in office since 1973. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Opinion: Dunleavy may crash Alaska’s fragile economy

Mike Dunleavy didn’t give Alaska Federation of Natives attendees much to cheer about in mid-October (which seems an eternity away in politics). People did clap… Continue reading

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, prepares to open a floor session of the Alaska Senate on April 27, 2018. (Daniel McDonald | Alaska Senate Majority)

Senate District O spotlight: An interview with Sen. Peter Micciche

Question: Should you be re-elected, what would your first priority be as Senator? Answer: I have several that are right at the top of the… Continue reading

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, prepares to open a floor session of the Alaska Senate on April 27, 2018. (Daniel McDonald | Alaska Senate Majority)

King looks to dethrone Micciche with write-in campaign

With election day around the corner, Soldotna’s Willow King has launched a write-in campaign for Senate District O. Incumbent Senator Peter Micciche’s name will be… Continue reading

Senate District O spotlight: An interview with write-in candidate Ron Gillham

Question: What would your first priority be as the senator, should you get elected? Answer: One of the first priorities will be trying to get… Continue reading

Letter to the editor: Think twice before you vote for Mike Dunleavy for Governor

Have you ever bought a used car without checking under the hood? Heck, no! Then think twice before you vote for Mike Dunleavy for Governor.… Continue reading

Letter to the editor: Why I support Sen. Peter Micciche

Simply put, he is the best candidate to represent the Kenai Peninsula. Working in state politics requires hearing diverse, often very passionate opinions on an… Continue reading

Letter to the editor: Why we need Ben Carpenter for State House

Why we need Ben Carpenter for State House Captain Ben Carpenter has led troops in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, showing that he can handle… Continue reading

Alaska Voices: Walker is the only candidate who can tackle tough Alaska issues

Walker is the only candidate who can tackle tough Alaska issues In Mike Dunleavy’s recent column, “A Deficit of Trust,” the former, partial-term state senator… Continue reading

The latest: Borough election results

Borough residents came out to vote for local representation Tuesday. The Clarion will be updating results from each race as they come in. Update: 8:14… Continue reading

Recount shows Carpenter winner in House District 29, Gillham launches write-in campaign

Recount shows Carpenter wins in District 29; Gillham mounts write-in campaign in District O After Wayne Ogle requested a recount of the House District 29… Continue reading

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna (right) thanks Maggie Winston, the chair of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, for an award the board presented to him for his work on Senate Bill 174 during a signing ceremony for the bill at Hope Community Resources’ building on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Official results: Micciche, Carpenter narrowly win primary elections

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to show the correct difference of votes in the District O race between Sen. Peter Micciche and Ron… Continue reading

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna (right) thanks Maggie Winston, the chair of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, for an award the board presented to him for his work on Senate Bill 174 during a signing ceremony for the bill at Hope Community Resources’ building on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Lieutenant Governor candidates Debra Call (standing), Edie Grunwald, Sharon Jackson, Byron Mallot, Kevin Myer, and Stephan Wright answer questions at a Kenai and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce candidate forum on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Lieutenant governor candidates discuss LNG, taxes, Stand for Salmon in Kenai

Six of this year’s eight lieutenant governor candidates answered questions on Wednesday about ballot initiatives, potential state taxes, the Permanent Fund Dividend, and the Alaska… Continue reading

Lieutenant Governor candidates Debra Call (standing), Edie Grunwald, Sharon Jackson, Byron Mallot, Kevin Myer, and Stephan Wright answer questions at a Kenai and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce candidate forum on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)
A school of pink salmon splashes in the shallows of Resurrection Creek near its confluence with Cook Inlet on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 in Hope, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Salmon initiative would criss-cross state jurisdictions, officials say

Beyond just the cost and politics of Ballot Measure 1, state administrators have expressed concern about who would be in charge of what land. Ballot… Continue reading

A school of pink salmon splashes in the shallows of Resurrection Creek near its confluence with Cook Inlet on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 in Hope, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

So you want to get involved in local government?

The sights, sounds, speeches and signs of election season are bearing down on the Kenai Peninsula as July fades into August. Though state and national… Continue reading

Congressional candidates debate Alaska issues at chamber forum

With just over a month to go before the primary election, two Alaskan U.S. Congressional candidates, Republican Thomas “John” Nelson and Democrat Dimitri Shein, debated… Continue reading