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Jerry Nankervis files for House seat in Juneau

A longtime member of the Juneau Assembly filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for  House District 34, a seat held by Democrat Justin Parish.

Jerry Nankervis, who serves as deputy mayor in Juneau, filed for the Mendenhall Valley seat earlier today. He is a Republican.

Juneau Democrats and Republicans alike see Parish as a weak legislator, and it’s possible he’ll face a primary in August if local Democrats think he can’t beat Nankervis, a retired police captain who has served on the Assembly since 2012.

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Parish took office in January of 2017 after beating longtime Juneau Rep. Cathy Munoz, a Republican. Parish, a former school crossing guard, had run unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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Nankervis spent 24 years on the Juneau Police force, and has also been active in youth hockey in Juneau, in addition to his work on the Assembly. His bachelor’s degree is in science with a conservation emphasis. He’s married and has two sons.

Nankervis listed his main priorities as keeping Juneau affordable, maintaining the capital in Juneau, and jobs.

“On issues like crime, taxation and developing our natural resources, I believe my views very much reflect those of my Mendenhall Valley neighbors,” he said in a statement. “I don’t think we can tax our way out of a recession, and I am a firm believer in individual rights and personal property rights.”

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • I’ve met Jerry. He is a good man, with the maturity and real-world experience that will let him represent the Mendenhall Valley with honor and dignity.

  • Has he made any public statement on the PFD and his stance on Walker’s PFD grab?

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