The former Rules Committee chair for the Alaska House of Representatives has thrown his name in for House District 10, which is the old House District 24 in Anchorage. Craig Johnson filed for office on Wednesday.
Johnson, a Republican, represented District 24 for 10 years, from 2007 to 2017. He tried for Senate in 2016 but could not prevail over Natasha von Imhof, who became senator. Upon his retirement from the House, Chuck Kopp ran and won that seat. Kopp was replaced by Rep. Tom McKay, but now district lines have been redrawn and there is no incumbent for the District 10 seat.
Running for the Democrats in that seat is Sue Levi, a perpetual Democrat candidate.
Johnson’s professional experience includes working as a legislative aide from 1997-1999 and 2004-2006. He was the general manager of the Alaska Journal of Commerce and Alaska Military Weekly, and was vice president/general manager of KYMG radio.
He said he originally ran for office to help Alaska be a better state for the next generation and that those are his same goals today. Since leaving office, he has focused on his health, including getting knee surgery and exercising. Johnson is a conservative and would return to office as a veteran of the Legislature.