Fairbanks Republican Leslie Hajdukovich has filed to run against Sen. Scott Kawasaki for the Alaska State Senate Seat P, which Kawasaki has held since 2018. Hajdukovich filed her letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission on Tuesday morning.
Hajdukovich served for six years on the Fairbanks North Star School Board, including three years as president. She was the Fairbanks-Interior regional director for Sen. Dan Sullivan, and has remained active in the political life of Fairbanks. In 2014, she was part of the “Vote No on [Ballot Measure] 1” group that fought and defeated Senate Bill 21, the bill that had raised taxes on oil in Alaska.
Hajdukovich comes from the storied Wien aviation family and is a lifelong Fairbanks resident who graduated from West Valley High School. She is married to aviation executive Bob Hajdukovich.
Kawasaki is a Democrat who served on the Fairbanks City Council for two terms and then was elected to the State House. From there, he rose to the Senate in 2018, defeating incumbent Sen. Pete Kelly, a Republican.