The Alaska Democratic Party, already involved in other local “nonpartisan” races, have spent more than $800 to support the candidacy of Pat Hogan for Mat-Su Borough Assembly.
Hogan is an unaffiliated candidate. The Democrats financed a mailer supporting her, saying she was approved by “our local Democrats.”
Ted Leonard, the conservative in the race, is the other candidate seeking to fill the seat being vacated by conservative Steve Colligan.
Leonard is the former executive director of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, a billion dollar finance development corporation, for seven years.
Leonard was also deputy commissioner for Commerce for the State of Alaska, director of Finance and Administrative Services for the City of Wasilla, and has been appointed to various finance positions for school districts across the state. He also worked in the private sector as a chief financial officer and is a small business owner for accounting and financial services.
But the Democrats went not with the numbers guy, but with the candidate they thought to be more amenable to their agenda: Hogan is a Public Health Nurse, a self-described advocate for homeless youth in the Mat-Su, and participates in the Mat-Su Opioid Task Force.
Alaska Democrats also spent over $700 for a Juneau candidate for the Assembly and over $800 to support Dan Mayfield for Mat-Su Borough Assembly.