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Group forms ‘Alaskans for Hawkins’

A group based in Ketchikan has formed an independent political action committee to support businessman Scott Hawkins’ race for governor.

“Alaskans for Hawkins” filed as an “independent expenditure group” with the Alaska Public Offices Commission on Monday, two days after the close of the Alaska Republican Party State Convention.


“There is no doubt that Scott Hawkins’ performance at the State Republican Convention was anything short of a stunning breakthrough in the Republican Primary campaign for Governor of Alaska” said Trevor Shaw, founding Chair for Alaskans for Scott Hawkins.

“Scott was passionate and inspirational. His speech was genuine, hopeful, and honest,” Shaw said. “We are a grassroots organization, starting from the ground up, and we’re already receiving tremendous support from Alaskans,” Shaw said. “It’s because people are truly inspired and encouraged by Scott Hawkins’ solid record of shaking up the status quo and his promise to do the same in Juneau.”

Shaw is the co-chair and treasurer, and Dave Spokely of Ketchikan is co-chair. The PAC started with $10,000, Shaw said.


Mike Dunleavy, another gubernatorial candidate, has a PAC dedicated to his race that started earlier this year with over $550,000 in pledged commitments and has been running ads on television, radio and in social media.

Political action committees operate separate from the actual campaigns and are not allowed to coordinate with the campaigns. They are protected political speech but must file reports with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

In 2014, Gov. Bill Walker had political action committees form to support his and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s race against Gov. Sean Parnell. While groups with an anti-Parnell flavor, Alaskans Against Parnell, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to oppose Parnell, Walker-Mallott One spent hundreds of thousands in support of the indie-Democrat ticket that had formed up during the Labor Day weekend in 2014.

The 2018 cycle may be even more spendy for independent expenditure groups, but most of the big money won’t show up until after the August primary.

Also running in the primary at this point are Rep. Mike Chenault, who is a longtime House member from Kenai, and Michael Sheldon of Petersburg.

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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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  • Doesn’t it look like his Alaska is giving us / you the finger! Trevor Shaw if you like taxes, stealing your PFD and shell game politics, Scott’s your man but not Alaska’s Sorry!
    It’s ok Trevor and is understandable being :
    Trevor Shaw of Ketchikan. Shaw, now 22 and the Administrative Manager and Director of Government Affairs for the Ward Cove Group, was a senior in high school when he was elected to the Ketchikan School Board and has since won another term. Shaw is also a member of the board of directors of the Association of Alaska School Boards. So Scott Hawkins if this is all you can muster up a a PAC you are doomed! The Boy is wet behind the ears!

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