Election 2018

In this Jan. 24, 2010 file photo, the moon hangs low in the sky over the remote Inupiat Eskimo village Noorvik. Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy will become Alaska’s top elected official Dec. 3, when he takes the oath of office in Noorvik. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Alaska’s governor-elect to be sworn in above Arctic Circle

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska’s newly elected governor will be sworn in above the Arctic Circle, marking a first for the state. Republican Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy… Continue reading

 

This Jan. 16 photo shows Alaska state Rep. Scott Kawasaki, a Fairbanks Democrat, talking on a telephone before the start of the legislative session at the state Capitol in Juneau. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Kawasaki appears to upset Kelly in Alaska Senate race

JUNEAU (AP) — Republican Alaska Senate President Pete Kelly appears to have lost his re-election bid but told The Associated Press Friday that he’s leaving… Continue reading

 

Voter turnout on the entire peninsula, including Districts 29, 30 and 31 was 42.9 percent, which is slightly above the state voter turnout of 41.4 percent of registered voters, according to the Alaska Division of Elections, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

How the peninsula voted: A breakdown of Tuesday’s elections results

Peninsula voter turnout for this week’s midterm elections saw a major increase from August’s primary elections and a sharp decrease from other elections in years… Continue reading

 

Supporters of the “Stand for Salmon” Ballot Measure 1 hold signs at the intersection of the Sterling and Kenai Spur Highways on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Few upsets, despite a heated lead-up to election

Alaskans came out Tuesday to exercise their right to vote in a race that determined a new governor, the same congressman, and several new state… Continue reading

Supporters of the “Stand for Salmon” Ballot Measure 1 hold signs at the intersection of the Sterling and Kenai Spur Highways on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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)
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

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker abandons election

Incumbent independent throws support behind Democratic candidate Mark Begich.

A discussion with gubernatorial candidate Mark Begich

The Kenai Peninsula’s economy has long been dependent on oil and gas. What will you do to boost the economy on the Kenai Peninsula beyond… 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

Q & A with Governor Walker

The Kenai Peninsula’s economy has long been dependent on oil and gas. What will you do to boost the economy on the Kenai Peninsula beyond… Continue reading

A full house came out to the joint chamber luncheon to listen to what the gubernatorial candidates had to say on Wednesday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Governor hopefuls visit Soldotna

Alaska’s three candidates for governor met at Wednesday’s joint chamber luncheon to discuss issues affecting Alaska and the peninsula. The conference room at the Soldotna… Continue reading

A full house came out to the joint chamber luncheon to listen to what the gubernatorial candidates had to say on Wednesday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Municipal election results will be made official Tuesday

Official results from the Regular Municipal Election will be finalized next Tuesday. At Wednesday’s Kenai City Council meeting, the clerk reported to the council that… Continue reading

Butler still in the race

To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of my dropping out is exaggerated. Due to some unverified information, and the way that the Alaska Division of… Continue reading

A Senior’s perspective on Senator Peter Micciche

As a senior and senior citizen advocate, I pay attention to political races in areas other than my local District 31. The representation by Sen.… Continue reading

Three of this year’s five Republican gubernatorial candidates — Mead Treadwell (left), Michael Sheldon, and Mike Dunleavy — speak to members of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce on Wednesday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna. In the primary election on August 21, voters will choose a candidate to run on the party ballot in the November 6 general election. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Republican gubernatorial candidates discuss issues at Soldotna forum

Three of this year’s five Republican gubernatorial candidates discussed their plans for state finance, capital spending, and the Alaska LNG project during a Wednesday forum… Continue reading

Three of this year’s five Republican gubernatorial candidates — Mead Treadwell (left), Michael Sheldon, and Mike Dunleavy — speak to members of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce on Wednesday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna. In the primary election on August 21, voters will choose a candidate to run on the party ballot in the November 6 general election. (Ben Boettger/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)