Marilyn Stewart was a rookie candidate for House District 21 in 2016. She came close, but incumbent Matt Claman won his seat back 4,145 to 3,767 votes to represent Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain.
In the months since the election, Stewart, a Republican activist, has been approached by Democrats from her district who say they regretted voting for Claman, and would vote for her if she ran again.
Republicans told her they wished they’d helped her more. Major donors have come forward to pledge support.
On Oct. 10, Stewart filed her letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. No longer a rookie, she knows what an election campaign cycle looks like, has walked every street in her district, has the support of her family, and is ready to make her case for public office to a district that, by now, knows what she stands for.
Stewart was born in rural Alabama and came to Alaska as a soldier in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Richardson. She’s lived in Alaska for 37 years and raised her family here. She worked for the administration of Mayor Dan Sullivan.
In 2012, Stewart was awarded the Freedom’s Sister Award by Ford Motor Company for her community outreach and inspiring and empowering others. Others who have received the award are Myrlie Evers-Williams, Barbara Jordan, and Rosa Parks.
Stewart said she will continue to listen to her neighbors and future constituents in District 21 about crime, the economy, and education.