The Alaska Democratic Party is so desperate for candidates that it’s now sending out text messages, trolling for a Democrat — any Democrat — to run for office for Anchorage.
“Hi ——-, this is Sarah, a volunteer w/ the Alaska Democratic Party. We’re looking for folks in Anchorage to run for office. Would you like info on how to run?” the Democrats wrote in a text message that got waylaid by Must Read Alaska.
The Alaska Democratic Party is a brand fraught with peril. Many liberals have started to file as “undeclared” or “nonpartisan,” rather than be saddled with the Democrat label, since it’s so closely bound with the Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory, post-gender, and Antifa identities.
For instance, Al Gross, who ran with Democrat Party support in 2020 against Sen. Dan Sullivan, kept his party affiliation secret then, and is doing so today as a candidate for Congress. Rep. Cal Schrage, who has the support of Democrats, also doesn’t want his affiliation known. He caucuses with Democrats but with his clean-cut look and buzz cut, he cosplays as an independent. Former Gov. Bill Walker is running without the Democrat label, although he had the party’s support in the 2018 race for governor, which he lost. His running mate, like his last running mate, ditched the Democrat label for the election cycle. The only brand-name Democrat the party could get to file for Congress is Chris Constant of the Anchorage Assembly.
The Democrats are specifically interested in filling slots in the new redistricted political areas of Anchorage — areas they fought hard to secure as Democrat-controlled. Must Read Alaska has learned that the Alaska Republican Party is using a more traditional method of recruiting candidates and has not yet resorted to sending text messages into the wild.
June 1 is the filing deadline for state offices.