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District 30 Republicans endorse Ron Gillham, shun Rep. Knopp once again

Ron Gillham has won the unanimous support of the District 30 Republicans, who also unanimously censured incumbent Rep. Gary Knopp — again — for his aligning himself with House Democrats to take over leadership with a bipartisan working group.

The group reaffirmed its censure of Knopp, after he had written a letter to the Republicans saying that their censure was invalid since it did not follow a correct procedure.

The pre-primary endorsement of Gillham came after consideration of whether both Gillham and another Republican, Kelly Wolfe, should receive endorsements. But after discussion, the vote went entirely for Gillham, who has good name recognition on the Kenai after coming close to ousting Sen. Peter Micciche during the 2018 primary..

The district also voted to provide funding to the Gillham campaign as well as for the district to do its own “position” advertising.

Earlier, the District had formally requested that Rep. Knopp not run as a Republican.

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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.

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  • Congratulations…

  • Hopefully District 30 will elect a conservative candidate, because in the November Primary Election candidate James Baisden has filed as nonpartisan Fiscally Conservative Candidate for District 30. James is a life long Republican, and the current Chief of Staff for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. 35 years in public safety, retired fire chief, and a 12 year USAF veteran.

    • James Baisden is the only District 30 candidate with the INTEGRITY to represent the Republican party in the Alaska House.

    • Uh Huh…Why?

  • Looks like a case of GOP railroading to me. Open primaries would do away with that kind of undemocratic nonsense.

  • This is disgusting. Gilham turned on the Alaska Republican Party. Following a primary loss to Senator Peter Micciche, he turned away from the results and ran a write in campaign against the Senator. Where are the ethics? To support someone with no respect for the will of the people shows poor judgement. No wonder the republicans cannot get a majority.

  • Would be a shame to lose Gary-he works for all people not just party politics.

    • BS. Knopp is a Democrat. He’s going down.

    • Ed,
      The KoolAid kids come to MRAK for an occasional sip of truth juice.

    • Knopp is a Lib thru and thru and an arrogant clown at that.

  • Damn gary for getting things done, how dare he consider Dems as people. they only live here we know what’s best for everybody ( us ), we know who should be in charge ( us ), etc, etc..

    • Not hard to see why he is scorned – His undoing is that he ran deceptively to gain electoral support by pledging to represent the people of one perspective, but once elected, simply did whatever he wanted, versus what the electorate wanted. In short, he lied and hid his true intentions just to get elected. Once elected, he turned on those who elected him and went against their wishes on practically ever position they stood for.

      • We are organizing to the max, to get get rid of this turd.

  • To the people that call names, use terms to debase and demonize a persons’ comments it’s an example of why some people are quite happy with Gary Knopp and others like him that are willing to work with others and have all the best intentions of doing good for “everyone”. Not just one party.

    • Cam,
      You are full of ……….IT!

  • I like Ron……except…..that he opposes Pebble Mine. Ron….?

    • Yes, I wish Ron would state his position more clearly on the Pebble Project.

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