Patricia Chesbro has filed with the Federal Elections Commission to run as a Democrat for U.S. Senate. Already in the race are Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, and Kelly Tshibaka, also a Republican.
Chesbro is a long-time Democrat activist who chairs the MatSu Democrats and who ran for Alaska Senate in 2014, losing to Republican Bill Stoltze for District F.
Her campaign will be called Chesbro for Alaska, according to her filing with the FEC.
Chesbro was part of the Facebook group “Mat-Su Moms for Social Justice,” which led to the removal of three member of the Palmer City Council due to violations of the Open Meetings Act. She was an advocate for ending the Colony Days Festival and renaming it Braided River Festival, which failed, once it became public. She is a progressive liberal.
The Alaska Democratic Party has been hinting for several days that it will try another candidate, after Alaska Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson dropped out in late March after a brief stint as a candidate. Chesbro is a retired educator in the Mat-Su School District and has been involved with the Palmer Community Foundation.
Alaska Democrats have been excoriating Sen. Murkowski lately over her unwillingness to go along with Senate Democrats and open the abortion valve wide open through legislation that allows even late-term abortions without limits. Abortion, or “abortion care,” as the mainstream media is calling it, has become the Democrats’ rallying cry to try to regain ground lost to Republicans during this election cycle.