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Alyse Galvin: What is she? Democrat? Undeclared? Independent?

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(Corrected version: Alyse Galvin is listed with Alaska Division of Elections as an “Undeclared Democrat.” An earlier version in the Monday Newsletter stated the listing was at the Alaska Public Offices Commission, a separate agency).

Democrat Alyse Galvin filed with the Division of Elections as an “undeclared” candidate against Congressman Don Young.

She did so with the open and full support of the Alaska Democratic Party, which is providing her with all her campaign needs.

When Galvin filed her candidacy, the State designated her as an “Undeclared Democrat” (see filing below).

But her Federal Elections Commission filing lists her as an “Independent.”

In Alaska, there is no such thing as an Independent. There is an Alaska Independent Party, but nothing that is simply Independent.

So which is it? What does party-bender Galvin identify with today and how are voters supposed to know what she stands for — Independent? Undeclared? Democrat?

How does the Division of Elections allow her to list herself as both Undeclared and Democrat when Judge Philip Pallenberg ruled that a person’s affiliation must be absolutely clear to voters?

[Read: Judge rules Democratic Party can run ‘nonpartisans’ in their primary]

Galvin may wish to correct her email address, as seen in the official record below, so people can ask her directly what party she identifies with on a day-to-day basis:

“The State is challenging Judge Pallenberg’s decision in Supreme Court, but meanwhile, allowing Undeclared Democrats to file is confusing and not allowed under current law,” said Tuckerman Babcock, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party. “Isn’t this the kind of confusion that Judge Pallenberg warned the state not to engage in?”

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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.

Latest comments

  • About all I have been able to determine over the years is that Ms. Galvin mostly works for the teacher’s union.

  • Democrats don’t go by who the masses want anyways. I am still waiting for the Walker fiasco to make sense. The Alaska Democratic Union Party.

  • That was a lot of words for asking a very simple question.

  • Obviously Alyse is pulling the same pending Walker trick to run as “unaffiliated in the D primary”. However after winning the D primary her and Walker will be listed on the General Election ballot as D’s.

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