Rob Yundt II has dropped his candidacy for House District 7, leaving only Lynn Gattis and Chris Kurka in the running for the seat being vacated by Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard.
“Politics are a funny game,” Yundt wrote today on Facebook. “I wish Politics were as simple as a 1 on 1, bracketed style wrestling or MMA tournament but they are not.
“When I decided to run for State House it was because I knew in my heart the only other person who had announced would be absolutely catastrophic for Alaska. Every compass has 360 degrees & he’s proven he’s only focused on one small portion of them. A real leader & team player has to focus on the entire picture & there is no way Christopher Kurka (David Eastman 2.0) could have done that,” Yundt said.
The builder said that after Gattis jumped in the race, he realized the two of them could split the vote and hand the win to the most hardline conservative of the three — Kurka.
“For me, that is not an option & for that reason I have decided to pull out of the race,” he said. He will spend the next two months campaigning for Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman and fellow local homebuilder Jesse Sumner who is running against David Eastman in District 10.
“Anyone who is actively involved in politics & has been paying attention will tell you David has been a huge part of the reason the House of Representatives has been split the last 2 years. His refusal to focus on the big picture & work only on one single issue the last 4 years has literally drove a wedge inside of the House & is a large part of why we haven’t been able to get anything done as of late,” Yundt wrote. “Christopher Kurka would do the same exact thing Eastman has done if Mrs. Gattis & I were to split the vote & allow him to win our District.”